On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 5, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Oh Lord how often I have given in to despair! Tired and weary from trying to reach out to families bent on shutting their ears to Your Word. Upset that they are faithful to the schedules of the world but will not schedule in time for you. Facing the sharp tongue of some with their hurtful words cutting at the core. But then I remember the one or two touched by You, how amazing and wonderful it is to rejoice with heaven!

One of the greatest gift of Your love for us Lord is the Peace You bestow upon us. It takes the sting of pain away and soothes. It relinquishes all fears, brings about internal comfort and lasting joy. It calls upon Your strength and re-energises as it invigorates us. Renewed with new life we share Your love with all.

Lord Jesus I want to remain steadfast in Your love so as to persevere all hardships in Your name and for the love of my Heavenly Father. I know Your Peace will surely be upon me. Amen

First reading
Acts 14:19-28

Some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium, and turned the people against the apostles. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the town, thinking he was dead. The disciples came crowding round him but, as they did so, he stood up and went back to the town. The next day he and Barnabas went off to Derbe.
  Having preached the Good News in that town and made a considerable number of disciples, they went back through Lystra and Iconium to Antioch. They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith. ‘We all have to experience many hardships’ they said ‘before we enter the kingdom of God.’ In each of these churches they appointed elders, and with prayer and fasting they commended them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.
  They passed through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. Then after proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia and from there sailed for Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.
  On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the pagans. They stayed there with the disciples for some time.

John 14:27-31

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return.
If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,
for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you this now before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe.
I shall not talk with you any longer,
because the prince of this world is on his way.
He has no power over me,
but the world must be brought to know
that I love the Father
and that I am doing exactly what the Father told me.’

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