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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 23, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Would you go through pain and sacrifice to spread the Word of God? To this day men and women are still doing it but why? Why go through the hassle? Why do some even put their lives in danger?

We will only understand when we fall in love with Jesus and the truth. When we hear the voice of God in our daily lives. When we move where the Holy Spirit directs us. And we witness the transformation in the lives of others who have come into faith. When we witness the glory of God.

And even though I walk through the darkest Valley, no evil will I fear for the Lord is my Shepherd. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. Amen

FIRST READING
Acts 16:1–10

GOSPEL
John 15:18–21

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 23, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What was it like to walk with You in the garden O Lord? I imagine it must have been wonderful and breathtaking! Basking in Your love, peace and joy in awe of the surrounding beauty. Looking forward each day to the heartfelt, deep, and inspiring conversations; both spoken and unspoken. Then in choosing abominable disobedience all was lost!

But so great is Your love for us O Lord, my God. That You laid down Your life for us to save us from impending death. So that we may once again walk with You in love.

How can I not share this great wonderful news with everyone? How can I not share Your love and joy?

Lord Jesus in Your mercy and love, You chose me and call me friend; let me love, honour and serve You, and my brethren always. Let me lay my life down for You and for them. Amen

FIRST READING
Acts 15:22–31

GOSPEL
John 15:12–17

Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”