On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 9, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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The voice of the world is loud and boisterous. It mocks Christianity for its disciplines and calls it a ‘fun’ killer. Life is too short what is wrong with partying a little? Risqué jokes are all in good fun, so is flirting a little. What is wrong with getting high a little to unwind after a hard day’s work? And so it begins……

Question really is why do we want to give in to a moment fleeting happiness when we can have lasting joy? Life is complete and lived to the full only when it is lived in Jesus. And when we put all our trust in Him we are never disappointed. He leads us through it all, the rocky, shaky trails of life to the safely into His loving embrace.

Jesus let me never stray from You, grant me the grace to resist all evil so as to remain steadfast in Your love. Amen

First reading
Acts 16:1-10

From Cilicia Paul went to Derbe, and then on to Lystra. Here there was a disciple called Timothy, whose mother was a Jewess who had become a believer; but his father was a Greek. The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of Timothy, and Paul, who wanted to have him as a travelling companion, had him circumcised. This was on account of the Jews in the locality where everyone knew his father was a Greek.
As they visited one town after another, they passed on the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem, with instructions to respect them.
So the churches grew strong in the faith, as well as growing daily in numbers.
They travelled through Phrygia and the Galatian country, having been told by the Holy Spirit not to preach the word in Asia. When they reached the frontier of Mysia they thought to cross it into Bithynia, but as the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them, they went through Mysia and came down to Troas.
One night Paul had a vision: a Macedonian appeared and appealed to him in these words, ‘Come across to Macedonia and help us.’ Once he had seen this vision we lost no time in arranging a passage to Macedonia, convinced that God had called us to bring them the Good News.

Gospel
John 15:18-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If the world hates you,
remember that it hated me before you.
If you belonged to the world,
the world would love you as its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
because my choice withdrew you from the world,
therefore the world hates you.
Remember the words I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master.
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too;
if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well.
But it will be on my account that they will do all this,
because they do not know the one who sent me.’

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