On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 15, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Yes there are many who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge let alone receive the truth in their hearts. They often mock and ridicule those who will stand up for the truth and share Jesus with them. Even using the Lord’s name in vain and uttering painful and hurtful remarks. The temptation is to lash out at them with equally hurtful even personal remarks but to do so is to lose our communion with our Lord. Yet others may seek to do us physical harm or threaten to harm those close to us, do we then cower in fear? Or place all our trust and faith in our Saviour Jesus Christ?

Let us remain steadfast in the Lord. For in Him we have found lasting joy and peace. He has liberated us from the hands of the world. And so even in the face of adversity our peace and joy remain unshattered. For He is our strength and our refuge. And should we lose our earthly lives in doing the will of our Heavenly Father then we gain eternal life in paradise with Him. Amen

First reading
Acts 18:9-18

At Corinth one night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid to speak out, nor allow yourself to be silenced: I am with you. I have so many people on my side in this city that no one will even attempt to hurt you.’ So Paul stayed there preaching the word of God among them for eighteen months.
MBut, while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a concerted attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal. ‘We accuse this man’ they said ‘of persuading people to worship God in a way that breaks the Law.’ Before Paul could open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, ‘Listen, you Jews. If this were a misdemeanour or a crime, I would not hesitate to attend to you; but if it is only quibbles about words and names, and about your own Law, then you must deal with it yourselves-I have no intention of making legal decisions about things like that.’ Then he sent them out of the court, and at once they all turned on Sosthenes, the synagogue president, and beat him in front of the court house. Gallio refused to take any notice at all.
After staying on for some time, Paul took leave of the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut off, because of a vow he had made.

Gospel
John 16:20-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
you will be weeping and wailing
while the world will rejoice;
you will be sorrowful,
but your sorrow will turn to joy.
A woman in childbirth suffers,
because her time has come;
but when she has given birth to the child she forgets the suffering
in her joy that a man has been born into the world.
So it is with you: you are sad now,
but I shall see you again, and your hearts will be full of joy,
and that joy no one shall take from you.
When that day comes,
you will not ask me any questions.’

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