On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 20, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Which would you prefer? Many telling you what to do, advising you on how to live. Yet most are different and conflicting? Or listening to one gentle voice, who will lead you to the fullness of life? The voice belonging to the Son of the living God; our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is only one God, one faith and one Baptism.

Through the love of our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus; the Holy Spirit comes to guide, counsel and instruct us to the way of truth and life. And to bring it forth with joy to others. While it is true the Holy Spirit blows where it Wills, the breath of the Holy Spirit brings about order, structure and peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever
Amen

First reading
Acts 12:24-13:5

The word of God continued to spread and to gain followers. Barnabas and Saul completed their task and came back from Jerusalem, bringing John Mark with them.

  In the church at Antioch the following were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. One day while they were offering worship to the Lord and keeping a fast, the Holy Spirit said, ‘I want Barnabas and Saul set apart for the work to which I have called them.’ So it was that after fasting and prayer they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

  So these two, sent on their mission by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. They landed at Salamis and proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; John acted as their assistant.

Gospel
John 12:44-50

Jesus declared publicly:

‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me, sees the one who sent me.

I, the light, have come into the world, so that whoever believes in me need not stay in the dark any more.

If anyone hears my words and does not keep them faithfully,
it is not I who shall condemn him, since I have come not to condemn the world, but to save the world.

He who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already: the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.

For what I have spoken does not come from myself; no, what I was to say, what I had to speak, was commanded by the Father who sent me, and I know that his commands mean eternal life.

And therefore what the Father has told me is what I speak.’

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