Archive for April 11, 2016


I had been struggling with the fact that a brother in Christ had abandoned our community.  I kept asking myself was I right to distance myself from him a bit so as to observe and perhaps encourage growth? Could I have done more or even now do more to bring him back? I had accompanied and journeyed with him the past months and it is a little sad to see him go.   I have found my answer in EG 170

170. Although it sounds obvious, spiritual accompaniment must lead others ever closer to God, in whom we attain true freedom. Some people think they are free if they can avoid God; they fail to see that they remain existentially orphaned, helpless, homeless. They cease being pilgrims and become drifters, flitting around themselves and never getting anywhere. To accompany them would be counterproductive if it became a sort of therapy supporting their self-absorption and ceased to be a pilgrimage with Christ to the Father.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 11, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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When you have been nourished and filled by the Lord Your God, then nothing else matters.  For you have the grace to remain steadfast in His love. If you should enter into a debate it will not be to win the argument but to speak the truth.  Those who seek to ‘win’ are left with only to create an alternate ‘truth’. Which  serves only to darken their very own souls. Those who choose to speak the truth, remain in the light.

To live in the light of Christ is to embrace the truth of his life, death and resurrection. It is to be constantly be renewed by the light of His Resurrection and to live in that very joy, singing His praises for all to hear. It is not to remain in a shallow existence of looking for external feel good moments; but to dive deeply into the relationship the Lord our God wants us to have with Him. Trials, challenges and all.

Jesus You are the bread of eternal life. I want and desire no other. Amen

First reading
Acts 6:8-15

Stephen was filled with grace and power and began to work miracles and great signs among the people. But then certain people came forward to debate with Stephen, some from Cyrene and Alexandria who were members of the synagogue called the Synagogue of Freedmen, and others from Cilicia and Asia. They found they could not get the better of him because of his wisdom, and because it was the Spirit that prompted what he said. So they procured some men to say, ‘We heard him using blasphemous language against Moses and against God.’ Having in this way turned the people against him as well as the elders and scribes, they took Stephen by surprise, and arrested him and brought him before the Sanhedrin. There they put up false witnesses to say, ‘This man is always making speeches against this Holy Place and the Law. We have heard him say that Jesus the Nazarene is going to destroy this Place and alter the traditions that Moses handed down to us.’ The members of the Sanhedrin all looked intently at Stephen, and his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.

Gospel
John 6:22-29

After Jesus had fed the five thousand, his disciples saw him walking on the water. Next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side saw that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that the disciples had set off by themselves. Other boats, however, had put in from Tiberias, near the place where the bread had been eaten. When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into those boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’

  Jesus answered: ‘I tell you most solemnly, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.

Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life, the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.’

Then they said to him, ‘What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?’ Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.’