On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: April 29, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


We cannot do everything on our own even though it is often tempting to think that others will fall short in what needs to be done. Neither can we hand off important tasks without first coming to prayer and discernment. For in all things big or small, we do well to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. For it is only through the Lord our God that we will see wonderful fruits of our labour.

How comforting it is to have the blessed assurance that in our dark stormy moments of our lives, our Lord Jesus will come to us. To tell us, “Be not afraid, it is I.” I am with you. And we find our anxieties have passed, we have arrived when we need to be filled with His peace.

Jesus be with me always. Amen

First reading
Acts 6:1-7

About this time, when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenists made a complaint against the Hebrews: in the daily distribution their own widows were being overlooked. So the Twelve called a full meeting of the disciples and addressed them, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the word of God so as to give out food; you, brothers, must select from among yourselves seven men of good reputation, filled with the Spirit and with wisdom; we will hand over this duty to them, and continue to devote ourselves to prayer and to the service of the word.’ The whole assembly approved of this proposal and elected Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
The word of the Lord continued to spread: the number of disciples in Jerusalem was greatly increased, and a large group of priests made their submission to the faith.

Gospel
John 6:16-21

In the evening the disciples went down to the shore of the lake and got into a boat to make for Capernaum on the other side of the lake. It was getting dark by now and Jesus had still not rejoined them. The wind was strong, and the sea was getting rough. They had rowed three or four miles when they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming towards the boat. This frightened them, but he said, ‘It is I. Do not be afraid.’ They were for taking him into the boat, but in no time it reached the shore at the place they were making for.

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