On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 22, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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In times of difficulty and trouble as foreboding danger lurks. The instinctive response will be to run and hide. Sometimes giving in to darkness and accepting oppression as fate. The light that once was is extinguished within us.

True mark of Christians are that they are only focussed on one thing and that is to do the Will of God our Father. They bear their crosses willingly and are unafraid to face persecution for they know Jesus will liberate them, even from death. Through their heroic faith they liberate souls from sin and evil and bring healing and comfort to all who are in need. They bring Jesus to all with His loving message of salvation.

Jesus my Lord. Have mercy on me for the many times I had given in to my weaknesses. You O Lord are life! Help me that I may live my life with and in You. Amen

First reading
Acts 8:1-8

That day a bitter persecution started against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone except the apostles fled to the country districts of Judaea and Samaria.
There were some devout people, however, who buried Stephen and made great mourning for him.
Saul then worked for the total destruction of the Church; he went from house to house arresting both men and women and sending them to prison.
Those who had escaped went from place to place preaching the Good News. One of them was Philip who went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the message Philip preached, either because they had heard of the miracles he worked or because they saw them for themselves. There were, for example, unclean spirits that came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured. As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.

Gospel
John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowd:
‘I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never be hungry;
he who believes in me will never thirst.
But, as I have told you,
you can see me and still you do not believe.
All that the Father gives me will come to me,
and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away;
because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will,
but to do the will of the one who sent me.
Now the will of him who sent me
is that I should lose nothing of all that he has given to me,
and that I should raise it up on the last day.
Yes, it is my Father’s will
that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life,
and that I shall raise him up on the last day.’

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