What's Ahead in the Bible Readings for the Sixth Week of Easter (Thursday, May 18 to Wednesday, May 24) (Year A : Easter 6)


This week all of our gospel lessons are from John's telling of the Last Supper. In essence, we have Jesus' farewell speech to his disciples. We also have Moses' farewell speech to the Israelites on Wednesday. Along with these, we have part of the story of Paul as a prisoner on board a ship. Until I read this week's lessons, I had forgotten that an angel of God came to Paul during the perilous part of the journey to assure him that no lives would be lost in the coming shipwreck. This week I am thinking about what encouragement I would give in a farewell speech. How have I served God? How have I served my family? How have I failed in these two areas, and what have I done to atone for the failures? I think an examination of our consciences is always valuable. You might consider doing the same. May your week be blessed.

Easter Sixth Scriptures

Preparation for Sunday

Thursday through Sunday Psalm

Psalm 66:8-20 You, O God, have tested us; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.


Genesis 6:5-22 God was displeased because the earth was corrupt and filled with violence, because the inclination of human hearts was to evil continually. God instructed Noah to build an ark to save himself, his wife, their sons, and the sons' wives.

Acts 27:1-12 It was decided to send Paul, now a prisoner, and his companions to Italy. They set sail and had much difficulty along the way.


Genesis 7:1-24 God sent Noah, his family, and the animals into the ark then caused it to rain for forty days and forty nights. All flesh that moved on the earth died. The waters swelled on the earth for one hundred fifty days.

Acts 27:13-38 The ship which carried Paul was driven in a tempest. All 276 people aboard abandoned hope of being saved. But an angel of God visited Paul and assured him that, though the ship would be lost, all aboard would live. Paul gave thanks to God, then everyone ate wheat to strengthen themselves.


Genesis 8:13-19 When the waters were dried up, Noah removed the covering from the ark, and God sent Noah and all other flesh out of the ark.

John 14:27-29 Jesus, speaking at the Last Supper, promises peace to the apostles, and tells them not to be afraid.



Psalm 66:8-20 You, O God, have tested us; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.

Acts 17:22-31 Paul, standing in the Areopagus, said, “While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

1 Peter 3:13-22 Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. Christ suffered once for all, the righteous and the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.

John 14:15-21 Jesus, speaking at the Last Supper, tells the apostles to obey his commandments, and assures them that God will send them another Advocate. He says, “I will not leave you orphaned. The world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live you also will live.”

Reflection on Sunday

Monday through Wednesday Psalm

Psalm 93 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the Lord!


Genesis 9:8-17 God sets a bow in the clouds as a sign of God's covenant never to bring a flood on all flesh again.

Acts 27:39-44 The ship carrying Paul and the others ran aground and was being broken apart by the waves. The centurion prevented his soldiers from killing the prisoners. Everyone made it to shore, some swimming, and some on pieces of the ship.


Deuteronomy 5:22-33 Moses reminds the people of their experience of being in the presence of God. He tells them that they must follow exactly the path that God has laid out for them.

1 Peter 3:8-12 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.


Deuteronomy 31:1-13 Moses gives his farewell speech to the Israelites, then summoned Joshua, and spoke these words: “Be strong and bold, for you are the one who will go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their ancestors to give them; and you will put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

John 16:16-24  Jesus tells the apostles, “I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy. . . . but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.”

Thank you for all that you do to bring God's reign into being.
Mike Gilbertson

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Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.


Image credit: The Last Supper: Judas Dipping His Hand in the Dish by James Tissot, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.
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