On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 2, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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For most of us believers these days, it is far easier close our eyes to pray to Jesus or even our Heavenly Father. For we have had images of them growing up which makes them very much more real to us. Whether it was in biblical story books, posters, pictures and movies. That is until we develop a deep personal relationship after encountering the Lord our God. The Holy Spirit however is far more difficult even to form a mental image of Him. For no one will even truly see Him through physical sight. And yet He is always present to guide and strengthen us in our hour of need.

It is through that great love between God our Heavenly Father and His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ that the disciple encounters the Holy Spirit in a deep tangible way. And the fruits of that wonderful relationship is what forms us. We are loving, charitable, forgiving and hospitable to all we meet. We are given the grace and courage to the Will of God even against the odds or what looks to be insurmountable challenges. And though very few of us these days will be martyred for our faith through physical death, it does not mean the rest of us will face some form of death of our reputation or good name.

Regardless of how, what or when we know our final destination. That is to be in the loving embrace of our resurrected Lord. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Acts 16:11-15

Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day for Neapolis, and from there for Philippi, a Roman colony and the principal city of that particular district of Macedonia. After a few days in this city we went along the river outside the gates as it was the sabbath and this was a customary place for prayer. We sat down and preached to the women who had come to the meeting. One of these women was called Lydia, a devout woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade. She listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptised she sent us an invitation: ‘If you really think me a true believer in the Lord,’ she said ‘come and stay with us’; and she would take no refusal.

Gospel
John 15:26-16:4

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘When the Advocate comes,
whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness.

And you too will be witnesses,
because you have been with me from the outset.

‘I have told you all this that your faith may not be shaken.

They will expel you from the synagogues, and indeed the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a holy duty for God.

They will do these things
because they have never known either the Father or myself.

But I have told you all this, so that when the time for it comes you may remember that I told you.’

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