On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 9, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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We have freedom to love, to be Holy, have peace, hope and joy to live life to the full; all because our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ conquered the World. Through His life death and resurrection, we have been set free from sin and saved from eternal death.

And so renewed, invigorated and fortified through the Holy Spirit. We must live not as remorseful, mournful Christians but with the light of Christ shining through us. Only that can we truly share the joy of the Gospel with all we encounter. Amen

First reading
Acts 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul made his way overland as far as Ephesus, where he found a number of disciples. When he asked, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ they answered, ‘No, we were never even told there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit.’ ‘Then how were you baptised?’ he asked. ‘With John’s baptism’ they replied. ‘John’s baptism’ said Paul ‘was a baptism of repentance; but he insisted that the people should believe in the one who was to come after him – in other words, Jesus.’ When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the moment Paul had laid hands on them the Holy Spirit came down on them, and they began to speak with tongues and to prophesy. There were about twelve of these men.

  He began by going to the synagogue, where he spoke out boldly and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God. He did this for three months.

Gospel
John 16:29-33

His disciples said to Jesus, ‘Now you are speaking plainly and not using metaphors! Now we see that you know everything, and do not have to wait for questions to be put into words; because of this we believe that you came from God.’ Jesus answered them:

‘Do you believe at last?

Listen; the time will come – in fact it has come already –when you will be scattered,
each going his own way and leaving me alone.

And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

I have told you all this so that you may find peace in me.

In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world.’

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