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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: May 16, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


There will be times not in every situation, when spiritual direction must be sought from the Church elders alive in the Spirit, priests or designated spiritual directors. So that through proper discernment, we can take things forward.

Always and above, our Lord Jesus Christ must be at the centre of all we say or do. For we are called and can do great things in His name to glorify God our Father and build His Kingdom. Jesus is the source of our strength, graces and life.

All my trust and faith is in You Lord. Amen

First reading
Acts 15:1-6

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, ‘Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.’ This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders.
All the members of the church saw them off, and as they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria they told how the pagans had been converted, and this news was received with the greatest satisfaction by the brothers. When they arrived in Jerusalem they were welcomed by the church and by the apostles and elders, and gave an account of all that God had done with them.
But certain members of the Pharisees’ party who had become believers objected, insisting that the pagans should be circumcised and instructed to keep the Law of Moses. The apostles and elders met to look into the matter.

Gospel
John 15:1-8

Jesus said:

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit
he prunes to make it bear even more.
You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you. Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.
As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty;for cut off from me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away–he withers;these branches are collected and thrown on the fire, and they are burnt.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit,
and then you will be my disciples.’

Posted: May 16, 2017 by CatholicJules in Photos

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: May 16, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

As a disciple of Christ today, how are you ‘stoned’? Insults? Gossip? Wrongfully accused? Family name dragged in? St Paul suffered most if not all the above and had to go through physical abuse which left him for dead.

Yet in all that pain he got up, went back and put fresh hearts into the disciples. How was it possible?

He carried with Him the love of Christ in His heart. He was crucified with His Lord and so it was Christ who lived in Him. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ was and would always be sufficient for him. And He knew his suffering for Christ would bear fruit.

Jesus my Lord, You are the way, the truth and the life. And I want to follow You always. Amen

First reading
Acts 14:19-28

Some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium, and turned the people against the apostles. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the town, thinking he was dead. The disciples came crowding round him but, as they did so, he stood up and went back to the town. The next day he and Barnabas went off to Derbe.
Having preached the Good News in that town and made a considerable number of disciples, they went back through Lystra and Iconium to Antioch. They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith. ‘We all have to experience many hardships’ they said ‘before we enter the kingdom of God.’ In each of these churches they appointed elders, and with prayer and fasting they commended them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.
They passed through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. Then after proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia and from there sailed for Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.
On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the pagans. They stayed there with the disciples for some time.

Gospel
John 14:27-31

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return.
If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

I have told you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe.
I shall not talk with you any longer, because the prince of this world is on his way. He has no power over me, but the world must be brought to know that I love the Father and that I am doing exactly what the Father told me.’