Archive for April 27, 2016

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 27, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Have you ever thought about just how wonderful it is to belong to a Church that has stood the test of time? How did it accomplish this when we are of very diverse backgrounds, race, language, culture, thinking and so on?

It is Jesus Christ our Lord who unites us all. We are truly one body in Him. We have Shepherds who when face an uncertainty, new challenge or disagreement; will come together and invite the Holy Spirit so that in their dialogue they draw the wisdom, courage and strength from the Lord our God.

Jesus my Lord, grant that I may always remain rooted to and in You. Let Your Word continue to inspire me that I may in turn inspire many to rejoice in the knowledge of You. Amen

First reading
Acts 15:1-6

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, ‘Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.’ This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders.

  All the members of the church saw them off, and as they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria they told how the pagans had been converted, and this news was received with the greatest satisfaction by the brothers. When they arrived in Jerusalem they were welcomed by the church and by the apostles and elders, and gave an account of all that God had done with them.

  But certain members of the Pharisees’ party who had become believers objected, insisting that the pagans should be circumcised and instructed to keep the Law of Moses. The apostles and elders met to look into the matter.

John 15:1-8

Jesus said: ‘I am the true vine,
and my Father is the vinedresser.

Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more.

You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you.

Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.

As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.

I am the vine, you are the branches.

Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing.

Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire, and they are burnt.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it.

It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.’