The meaning of the following readings is of things to come. While suffering is not a necessary precondition to the New Covenant, love, of which suffering is often evidence, is necessary. Love without worrying about suffering is the meaning of these readings. In a more selfish sense, these readings are about Faith in the Promise of eternal life with the Father. In a less selfish sense, these readings are about the love of God for his people and the love of the People of God for their God.
Almost as an act of suffering, these readings in Acts describe exercise of power. Within the Church, Ordination is one of those exercises. The language of Ordination is not as evident in the Lectionary as in the Nova Vulgata.
Lectionary (1998): They appointed …
The Vulgate (circa 410): ordinassent …
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): ordained (verse 22)
New American (1970): appointed
New Jerusalem (1985): appointed
The readings teach the Faithful to love one another without worrying about any inadvertent suffering involved with such issues as Ordination and other exercises of power within the Church.
Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (cf. 1)
The Lectionary uses this Psalm as follows.
Lectionary Verses used
54C 414 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 (cf. 1) Today
100A 678-679 1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14 (cf. 1) Ordinary 14
110B 430 10-11, 15-16, 17-18
(cf. 16) Ordinary 17
112A 741 8-9, 15-16, 17-18
(cf. 16) Ordinary 17
133A 840 2-3, 8-9, 17-18
(18a) Ordinary 25
153C 938 1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14 (cf. 1) Ordinary 31
The antiphon, “I will praise your name forever, my king and my God” is about loving without worrying about any suffering involved. Appropriately, Pastoral Care of the Sick, Part II: Pastoral Care of the Dying, Chapter Eight: Rites for Exceptional Circumstances, Continuous Rite of Penance, Anointing, and Viaticum, Responsorial Psalms E, uses Psalm 145.
Two more points complete these observations. Psalm 145 is an alphabetical acrostic, i.e. developed verse by verse according to the Hebrew alphabet. Acrostic psalms, therefore, favor the rational over the emotional, which is the human way to cope with suffering. That is the first observation.
The second observation arises from the translation
Lectionary (1998): children
The Vulgate (circa 410): filiis hominum
Douay-Rheims (1582-1610): sons of men (Psalm 144)
New American (1970): all
New Jerusalem (1985): children
In a similar vein to “I will praise your name forever, my
king and my God,” Pastoral Care of the Sick, Part
Revelation is about the excitement of understanding
the meaning of the New Covenant. John
charges the situation with marital happiness, relating the Faithful as brides
of God via
Happiness is not only about loving “one another as I have loved you,” but about the ability to do so. Sometimes the Faithful so mess up their lives and the lives of those about them that love becomes a wonder of Faith. The Greek for this commandment of the New Covenant can be placed in the imperative, Do it! mood. Jesus leaves the Faithful no choice but to fight through suffering with love.
In this passage,
These readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter are about happiness in the midst of suffering. In Acts, Paul proclaims, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” Psalm 145 is like the new song, “Alleluia, anyway”. Revelation tells about a new vision of the meaning of life, a vision that describes how to overcome suffering. The Greek in this passage from the Gospel of John regards the Passion, Death, and Resurrection as a totality of foregone conclusions. The message is to hold one’s head up high as one copes with the vicissitudes of life with Christian Catholic hope. Love without worrying about suffering is the meaning of these readings.
For more on sources, besides the footnotes, see the Appendix file.
 International Commission on English in the Liturgy: A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, The Roman Ritual: Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and Published by Authority of Pope Paul VI: Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum: Approved for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1983) 328.
 Hanan Eshel and John Strugnell, “Alphabetical Acrostics in Pre-Tannaitic Hebrew," the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 62, No. 3 (July 2000) 444.
 Pastoral Care, page 280.
 International Commission on English in the Liturgy: A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, The Roman Ritual: Revised by Decree of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and published by Authority of Pope Paul IV: Order of Christian Funerals: Including Appendix 2: Cremation: Approved for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Confirmed by the Apostolic See (New Jersey: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1998) 222-223.
 Funerals, page 253.
 Maximilian Zerwick, S.J., English Edition adapted from the Fourth Latin Edition by Joseph Smith, S.J., Scripta Pontificii Instituti Biblico—114—Biblical Greek (Roma: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1994) 142.