On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 18, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Through our baptism we have been inserted into the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And through Him we receive salvation as we become Holy children of God our Father. We received the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we live life to the fullest in the world but not remain of the world.

However by our free will we can choose to live in and be of the world. Embracing the values and wiles of the world, hence forfeiting the peace and indwelling of the Holy Spirit whom draws us ever closer to God.

Let us not turn away from the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit calling us tenderly to be reconciled with our ever merciful and loving God. Let us be docile to His teachings and instructions so that by our deep and wonderful conversion we too can be instrumental in bringing the lost sheep back to the fold. In Jesus name… Amen

First reading
Acts 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul made his way overland as far as Ephesus, where he found a number of disciples. When he asked, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ they answered, ‘No, we were never even told there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit.’ ‘Then how were you baptised?’ he asked. ‘With John’s baptism’ they replied. ‘John’s baptism’ said Paul ‘was a baptism of repentance; but he insisted that the people should believe in the one who was to come after him – in other words, Jesus.’ When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the moment Paul had laid hands on them the Holy Spirit came down on them, and they began to speak with tongues and to prophesy. There were about twelve of these men.
He began by going to the synagogue, where he spoke out boldly and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God. He did this for three months.

Gospel
John 16:29-33

His disciples said to Jesus, ‘Now you are speaking plainly and not using metaphors! Now we see that you know everything, and do not have to wait for questions to be put into words; because of this we believe that you came from God.’ Jesus answered them:
‘Do you believe at last?
Listen; the time will come – in fact it has come already –
when you will be scattered,
each going his own way and leaving me alone.
And yet I am not alone,
because the Father is with me.
I have told you all this
so that you may find peace in me.
In the world you will have trouble,
but be brave: I have conquered the world.’

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