During the past couple of weeks the Church has been offering at daily mass two continuous sets of
readings. The first set is the Acts of the Apostles and the second Jesus’ discourses at the Last Supper in John’s gospel. I’ve been really struck this year by the way the two readings each day balance one another in a very special way: Acts describes the externals of the growing Church, especially the question of admission requirements (do you have to become a Jew in order to be baptized?); the Last Supper discourses on the other hand have Jesus revealing to us the innermost relationship between the Father and Jesus, and Jesus’ desire that we take part in that intimate relationship.