On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 28, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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If we had wonderful news from the government that they would be paying out tax rebates to all and crediting our accounts with a small sum but enough to buy groceries for two months. Would we not share this news with as many as we can? Regardless of race, language or religion? Good news meant for all is it not?

So then what better news is there than that our loving Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ had come to redeem us and give us eternal life through His resurrection? Why are we hesitant or reluctant to share the Good news? Are we skeptical ‘Christians’ ?

Let us fall deeply in love with the Word and cherish Him through reading of scripture. Pray fervently, receive Him often in the most Holy sacrament of the altar, remain stedfast and we will hear His voice. He will speak to our heart and we will never wander far from Him.

Glory be to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Acts 11:19-26

Those who had escaped during the persecution that happened because of Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, but they usually proclaimed the message only to Jews. Some of them, however, who came from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch where they started preaching to the Greeks, proclaiming the Good News of the Lord Jesus to them as well. The Lord helped them, and a great number believed and were converted to the Lord.
The church in Jerusalem heard about this and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. There he could see for himself that God had given grace, and this pleased him, and he urged them all to remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion; for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a large number of people were won over to the Lord.
Barnabas then left for Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him he brought him to Antioch. As things turned out they were to live together in that church a whole year, instructing a large number of people. It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called ‘Christians.’

Gospel
John 10:22-30

It was the time when the feast of Dedication was being celebrated in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the Temple walking up and down in the Portico of Solomon. The Jews gathered round him and said, ‘How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.’ Jesus replied:
‘I have told you, but you do not believe.
The works I do in my Father’s name are my witness;
but you do not believe,
because you are no sheep of mine.
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice;
I know them and they follow me.
I give them eternal life;
they will never be lost
and no one will ever steal them from me.
The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone,
and no one can steal from the Father.
The Father and I are one.’

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