On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 7, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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From when we were very little we have been brought up to follow rules and later in life regulations. These helped us mostly in keeping safe and living in peaceful harmony with the rest of the world. Then as working adults we have more complexed ones that keep companies and institutions safe. Like most things which can turn bad there some rules and regulations are devised by some wanting to dominate and control the lives of others. An imposition of their will over others.

Jesus who fulfilled the Will of God our Father gave us two commandments. A summation if you will of all the laws given to us in love. One that we love God our Father with all our hearts, minds, soul and strength. And the other that we love one another as He loves us.

To love is not merely to utter words of affection or to extend some loving kindness. It is to will the good of another. Doing so of which more often than not entail sacrifice/s on our part. And we do so with great joy.

For the joy we have received is complete in Jesus of whom we love and serve. Amen

First reading
Acts 15:7-21

After the discussion had gone on a long time, Peter stood up and addressed the apostles and the elders.
‘My brothers,’ he said ‘you know perfectly well that in the early days God made his choice among you: the pagans were to learn the Good News from me and so become believers. In fact God, who can read everyone’s heart, showed his approval of them by giving the Holy Spirit to them just as he had to us. God made no distinction between them and us, since he purified their hearts by faith. It would only provoke God’s anger now, surely, if you imposed on the disciples the very burden that neither we nor our ancestors were strong enough to support? Remember, we believe that we are saved in the same way as they are: through the grace of the Lord Jesus.’
This silenced the entire assembly, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul describing the signs and wonders God had worked through them among the pagans.
When they had finished it was James who spoke. ‘My brothers,’ he said ‘listen to me. Simeon has described how God first arranged to enlist a people for his name out of the pagans. This is entirely in harmony with the words of the prophets, since the scriptures say:
After that I shall return
and rebuild the fallen House of David;
I shall rebuild it from its ruins
and restore it.
Then the rest of mankind,
all the pagans who are consecrated to my name,
will look for the Lord,
says the Lord who made this known so long ago.
‘I rule, then, that instead of making things more difficult for pagans who turn to God, we send them a letter telling them merely to abstain from anything polluted by idols, from fornication, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For Moses has always had his preachers in every town, and is read aloud in the synagogues every sabbath.’

Gospel
John 15:9-11

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments
you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.
I have told you this
so that my own joy may be in you
and your joy be complete.’

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