Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

John 14:15-21; 1 Peter 3:13-22; Acts 17:16-31

Listen to this beautiful snippet from a prayer attributed to St. Patrick (5th c. AD):

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

This prayer echoes a truth about God we hear in Sunday’s readings. God’s presence and influence in our lives is so much greater than we realize. In the Gospel lesson, Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit who “dwells with you and will be in you”. The love and obedience Jesus calls for here are only possible because we have the Spirit of Truth living in and working through us (Jn 14).

In the first reading, Paul explains to the philosophers of Athens that the Creator of the Universe is so much bigger than the sad, silly gods of their imaginations. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17). Finally, the apostle Peter points to Christ as the one who brought us back to God when we were lost. Through our baptism God has saved us by joining us to His Son so that we can share in the new life of his resurrection (1 Pet 3).