Sixth Sunday of Easter

Year B / Sunday, May 9, 2021

Readings for this Sunday: 

Acts 10:25–26, 34–35, 44–48

Ps 98:1, 2–3, 3–4 (Rx see 2b or Alleluia) 1

John 4:7–10

John 15:9–17

Anne Lamott’s priest friend, Tom, told her, “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do” (Bird by Bird, page 21). In today’s first reading from Acts, no one was more astounded than Peter and his companions when they visited the house of Cornelius, a centurion of the Roman army and a servant to Caesar. Recall that it was the Roman soldiers under the reign of Caesar who beat and crucified Jesus. Surely Peter and his companions walked into the Roman guard’s home with some assumptions about who should deserve God’s hate. But Acts describes Cornelius as upright, God-fearing, and respected by the whole Jewish nation. He prayed constantly to God and gave alms to support the Jewish people. And upon receiving an angelic vision, he summoned Peter to come to his home and preach the Gospel of Jesus there.

God indeed shows no partiality when it comes to the gift of divine love. But we humans are experts at prejudice and believing we know the mind of God. This is why Jesus’s single commandment is to love, plain and simple, for everyone who loves knows God. Love will be the key that opens the doors between enemies and binds them in self-giving love.

–Diana Macalintal

Suggested Music

All the Ends of the Earth

Chris de Silva

G-9527 · Two-part mixed voices, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar, C instrument, cello


“Shout to the Lord, all the earth. Break forth in joyous song, and sing out your praise.” 

It’s hard to conceive of something limitless. Can you even really imagine what it means when we sing that God’s saving, glorious power has reached all the ends of the earth? Sometimes we might feel small, unnoticed, unimportant when we think of our little, limited corner of the world. But God is there too. God’s mercy and love surround and save us all, near and far. If that isn’t cause for joyous song, what is? 

– Jennifer Odegard

Sing a New Song to the Lord

Larry J. Long

G-9065 · SATB, organ

The Priestly Prayer of Jesus Christ

Michel Guimont

G-8961 · SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar

You Are My Friends

James Chepponis

G-9071 · SATB

I Have Chosen You

James Chepponis

G-8977 · SATB

As the Father Has Loved Me

Richard Robert Rossi

G-8371 · SATB, assembly, organ, violin

As the Father Has Loved Me

John Karl Hirten

G-7274 · SATB, assembly, piano

In Christ There Is No East or West

Alan Bullard

G-9787 · SATB, organ

More suggestions for the Sixth Sunday of Easter…

A New Commandment Gerald Phillips SATB, cantor, keyboard 009459 

Holy Is God’s Name Liam Lawton SATB, cantor, solo, assembly, keyboard, guitar • G-8564

Holy Spirit Alleluia: Gospel Acclamation and Verses for the Easter Season Arr. Rob Glover SATB, cantor, assemblyorgan • G-8699 

I Saw Water Flowing / Alleluia: Rite of Sprinkling and Gospel Acclamation for Eastertide James Biery Unison with descant, SATB, cantor, assembly, organ • G-8469

O Christ, You Are the Seed That Died Paul Inwood, text by Delores Dufner, OSB SATB, descant, cantor, assemblykeyboard, guitar 009043 

Psalm 98 with The Lectionary Refrains Richard Proulx SATB, Two-part mixed, two-part equal, cantor, assemblyorgan, 2 trumpets in C, percussion • G-8058 

This Is My Will (SUANTRAI) Arr. John L. Bell SATB, solo, reduction • G-8023 

Trilingual Ubi Caritas Cheryl Aranda SATB, cantor, assembly, pianoguitar 012675

Where Charity and Love Prevail (UBI CARITAS) John Angotti, Paul Benoit, text by Omer Westendorf SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar 008057