On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 21, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How frustrating it is to have the answer to a peaceful, joy filled, full life in front of you and not being able to see it. Because rage and hate, coupled with sinfulness has blinded you. Never questioning why love seems to be missing in your life. So it is fitting then that you hold on dearly to this life. Fighting with all your might to hold on to it for it is the only one you know.

Jesus is the answer then and Jesus is the answer now! All we need do is to come before Him and with a contrite heart say, “Lord have mercy on me a sinner.” He will open up to us the wellsprings of life so that we can draw from Him and have new life. All we will ever need, will come from Him.

Lord let me love with Your love, let me live with Your life. That I may one day rest eternally with You. Amen

First reading
Acts 7:51-8:1

Stephen said to the people, the elders and the scribes: ‘You stubborn people, with your pagan hearts and pagan ears. You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. Can you name a single prophet your ancestors never persecuted? In the past they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, and now you have become his betrayers, his murderers. You who had the Law brought to you by angels are the very ones who have not kept it.’
  They were infuriated when they heard this, and ground their teeth at him.
  But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. ‘I can see heaven thrown open’ he said ‘and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ At this all the members of the council shouted out and stopped their ears with their hands; then they all rushed at him, sent him out of the city and stoned him. The witnesses put down their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul. As they were stoning him, Stephen said in invocation, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and said aloud, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them’; and with these words he fell asleep. Saul entirely approved of the killing.

Gospel
John 6:30-35

They people said to Jesus, ‘What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus answered:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven,
it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven,
the true bread;
for the bread of God
is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.’
‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’ Jesus answered:
‘I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never be hungry;
he who believes in me will never thirst.’

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