Archive for April 5, 2016

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 5, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Jesus on the cross is an everlasting symbol of God’s love for His people. So that all who believe will be saved and have life eternal.

He promised that He would be with us through the end of time. And He is very much alive today and present.  The very breath of God is upon us. And it is that very Spirit of God that gives us life and unites us together One in Him.

Hence when we abandon the community, we abandon Him. For what He gathers together, evil seeks to scatter.  We must choose to remain steadfast in His love. Praying always for one another. Living not for our individual selves but for one another. Jesus is and must always remain the head of our community. Amen

First reading
Acts 4:32-37

The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.

  The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect.

  None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.

  There was a Levite of Cypriot origin called Joseph whom the apostles surnamed Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’). He owned a piece of land and he sold it and brought the money, and presented it to the apostles.

Gospel
John 3:7-15

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘Do not be surprised when I say: You must be born from above.

The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound,
but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.’

‘How can that be possible?’ asked Nicodemus. ‘You, a teacher in Israel, and you do not know these things!’ replied Jesus.

‘I tell you most solemnly, we speak only about what we know and witness only to what we have seen and yet you people reject our evidence.

If you do not believe me when I speak about things in this world, how are you going to believe me when I speak to you about heavenly things?

No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven; and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’