On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 13, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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It is only with Jesus in our lives that we are complete.

Many who go forth without Him, with the zeal that the works they do works for the glory of God; end up doing more harm than good if any.

Those who go forth in the name of the Risen Christ bring instead life!  They bring with them hope, peace, healing and joy.  For they carry with them our Lord and saviour. Hence even in the face of persecution they carry out the will of the Lord our God  unafraid.  The scatterer is shamed as the faithful remain unmoved and united.

Jesus dwell in me as I in You. Amen

First reading
Acts 8:1-8

That day a bitter persecution started against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone except the apostles fled to the country districts of Judaea and Samaria.

  There were some devout people, however, who buried Stephen and made great mourning for him.

  Saul then worked for the total destruction of the Church; he went from house to house arresting both men and women and sending them to prison.

  Those who had escaped went from place to place preaching the Good News. One of them was Philip who went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the message Philip preached, either because they had heard of the miracles he worked or because they saw them for themselves. There were, for example, unclean spirits that came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured. As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.

Gospel
John 6:35-40

Jesus said to the crowd:

‘I am the bread of life.

He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.

But, as I have told you, you can see me and still you do not believe.

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away; because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of the one who sent me.

Now the will of him who sent me is that I should lose nothing of all that he has given to me, and that I should raise it up on the last day.

Yes, it is my Father’s will that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and that I shall raise him up on the last day.’

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