Archive for April 19, 2016

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 19, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


What does it mean to be Christian? Is it to belong to an exclusive membership? To be licenced to wear memorabilia around our necks? To network so as to have many friends and contacts around the world? To pay it safe in case it were true that Christians will go to heaven? Seriously?

Being Christian is about putting Christ first in our lives! In anything and everything we say and do. We are about saving souls; by sharing the good news of our salvation and for journeying with the least of our brethren. We bring light to darkness, hope, healing, peace and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.  If we wear the crucifix, it is a reminder and sign of God’s tremendous love for us. And we carry it our hearts and in whatever we do for Him and His flock.  We are one Body, one community with Jesus as our head. And we affirm one another through the testimonies we share with and in Him as we continue on each day on our pilgrim journey.

Jesus You are my shepherd, I hear Your voice and I follow You. Amen

First reading
Acts 11:19-26

Those who had escaped during the persecution that happened because of Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, but they usually proclaimed the message only to Jews. Some of them, however, who came from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch where they started preaching to the Greeks, proclaiming the Good News of the Lord Jesus to them as well. The Lord helped them, and a great number believed and were converted to the Lord.

  The church in Jerusalem heard about this and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. There he could see for himself that God had given grace, and this pleased him, and he urged them all to remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion; for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. And a large number of people were won over to the Lord.

  Barnabas then left for Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him he brought him to Antioch. As things turned out they were to live together in that church a whole year, instructing a large number of people. It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called ‘Christians.’

John 10:22-30

It was the time when the feast of Dedication was being celebrated in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the Temple walking up and down in the Portico of Solomon. The Jews gathered round him and said, ‘How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.’ Jesus replied:

‘I have told you, but you do not believe.

The works I do in my Father’s name are my witness; but you do not believe, because you are no sheep of mine.

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.

I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me.

The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone, and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.’