On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: May 11, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Just as Jesus had washed his disciples feet, preparing them to be servant leaders after His own heart;so does He wash our feet. Sanctifying and purifying us to receive the graces needed to love and serve one another.

Today our Lord has appointed some as leaders and we are called to love and support them. To respect them and help them in anyway we can, all for our Lord’s glory.

True leaders always places the Lord our God above all else. They are men/women after His own heart and behave accordingly. Welcoming all with an open heart as the Lord draws His flock together. Teaching, guiding and leading them closer into the Heavenly Kingdom.

Praise and glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading
Acts 13:13-25

Paul and his friends went by sea from Paphos to Perga in Pamphylia where John left them to go back to Jerusalem. The others carried on from Perga till they reached Antioch in Pisidia. Here they went to synagogue on the sabbath and took their seats. After the lessons from the Law and the Prophets had been read, the presidents of the synagogue sent them a message: ‘Brothers, if you would like to address some words of encouragement to the congregation, please do so.’ Paul stood up, held up a hand for silence and began to speak:
‘Men of Israel, and fearers of God, listen! The God of our nation Israel chose our ancestors, and made our people great when they were living as foreigners in Egypt; then by divine power he led them out, and for about forty years took care of them in the wilderness. When he had destroyed seven nations in Canaan, he put them in possession of their land for about four hundred and fifty years. After this he gave them judges, down to the prophet Samuel. Then they demanded a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin. After forty years, he deposed him and made David their king, of whom he approved in these words, “I have selected David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will carry out my whole purpose.” To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour, whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said, “I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.”’

Gospel
John 13:16-20

After he had washed the feet of his disciples, Jesus said to them:

‘I tell you most solemnly,
no servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the man who sent him.

‘Now that you know this, happiness will be yours if you behave accordingly. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen; but what scripture says must be fulfilled: Someone who shares my table rebels against me.

‘I tell you this now, before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe that I am He.
I tell you most solemnly,
whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’

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