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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 13, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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At the end of every Eucharistic celebration, we the people of God are blessed and sent to proclaim the Gospel. To bring the light of Christ to those living in darkness. Have we gone in peace to love and serve the Lord as we said we would?

Many who live in darkness, have not experienced the love of God. Many feel they do not deserve forgiveness nor could they be forgiven for their heinous sins. The message of love from God has not reached them, that Jesus had not come to condemn but to save. So they need not remain in darkness any longer, but come out into the light of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To experience the love of God; have life and have it more abundantly. Amen

St Matthias pray for us. Amen

(Saint Matthias, Apostles – Feast; St. Matthias)
First Reading
Acts 12:24-13:5a

Gospel
Jn 12:44-50

Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 13, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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It is fear of rejection that most of us choose to remain silent about our faith in Christ. So then, what happens to those whose hearts cry out to us, “if only you would speak, I would gladly listen…?” How can we deny even one in His flock the message of His love?

We have nothing and no one to fear O Lord, for we belong to You. And we will not perish, for even if we suffer and die for Your sake, we will rise again in Your glory. For it is eternal life You grant us Your flock. We hear Your voice and follow You, and You know us all by name.

Grant us all that we need here on earth to help lead all into recognising Your voice, so that they too may be saved. Amen

FIRST READING
Acts 11:19–26

GOSPEL
John 10:22–30

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”