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.’

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