On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 6, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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O Lord my God in Your infinite wisdom You established a Church. So that we Your one body can partake and share in that wisdom and the ultimate sign of Your love. When we have a problem in understanding Your Will for us or have issues to resolve amongst us, guided my the Holy Spirit we can take it to the Church. We will either have the answers or will arrive at the answers through prayer and discernment by Your Holy Church. We truly are one body in You, our Lord Jesus Christ.

You are the source of life which unites us all. Sisters, brothers, Children of God our Heavenly Father; not simply in name but a reality we share. Without You in our lives we are nothing, we run on empty. With You in our lives the wellspring of life is opened and we live it to the full. We share its abundance with all and see the fruits of life multiply. All praise and Glory to You O Lord!

Jesus my Lord, I choose to live in You. Make Your home in me. Amen

First reading
Acts 15:1-6

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, ‘Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.’ This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders.
All the members of the church saw them off, and as they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria they told how the pagans had been converted, and this news was received with the greatest satisfaction by the brothers. When they arrived in Jerusalem they were welcomed by the church and by the apostles and elders, and gave an account of all that God had done with them.
But certain members of the Pharisees’ party who had become believers objected, insisting that the pagans should be circumcised and instructed to keep the Law of Moses. The apostles and elders met to look into the matter.

Gospel
John 15:1-8

Jesus said:
‘I am the true vine,
and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit
he cuts away,
and every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already,
by means of the word that I have spoken to you.
Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself,
but must remain part of the vine,
neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
bears fruit in plenty;
for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers;
these branches are collected and thrown on the fire,
and they are burnt.
If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
you may ask what you will
and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit,
and then you will be my disciples.’

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