On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 11, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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If I am a disciple of Jesus then I must constantly seek the truth. And the truth is to be found in Him alone. I must feed His lambs and sheep. Care for them especially those who cannot care for themselves.

It would please my Lord that I strive hard to gather His flock unto Him. Nothing would displease Him more if I should scatter them with untruths, hearsay and perform deeds for self glorification. Or leave them scattered by being aloof and indifferent.

Jesus my Lord, mould me that I may be pleasing to You. Amen

First reading
Acts 20:28-38

Paul addressed these words to the elders of the church of Ephesus:

  ‘Be on your guard for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you the overseers, to feed the Church of God which he bought with his own blood. I know quite well that when I have gone fierce wolves will invade you and will have no mercy on the flock. Even from your own ranks there will be men coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the disciples to follow them. So be on your guard, remembering how night and day for three years I never failed to keep you right, shedding tears over each one of you. And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace that has power to build you up and to give you your inheritance among all the sanctified.

  ‘I have never asked anyone for money or clothes; you know for yourselves that the work I did earned enough to meet my needs and those of my companions. I did this to show you that this is how we must exert ourselves to support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, who himself said, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”’

  When he had finished speaking he knelt down with them all and prayed. By now they were all in tears; they put their arms round Paul’s neck and kissed him; what saddened them most was his saying they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.

Gospel
John 17:11-19

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us.

While I was with them, I kept those you had given me true to your name.

I have watched over them
and not one is lost except the one who chose to be lost, and this was to fulfil the scriptures.

But now I am coming to you
and while still in the world I say these things to share my joy with them to the full.

I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world.

I am not asking you to remove them from the world, but to protect them from the evil one.

They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.

Consecrate them in the truth;
your word is truth.

As you sent me into the world,
I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth.’

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