On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: May 20, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

An aspect of discipleship which many find hard is how far are you prepared to go to ‘lay down your life’ for your friends? How painful a sacrifice are you willing to endure? Whether physical, mental, emotional, even financial?
All done for the transformation of hearts, conversion of sinners. For the poor, hungry, lonely, outcasts of society.

Such is the call of discipleship that even after sacrificing much we will need to further endure the persecutions of the world who hates us for whom we serve and stand for. Gossip, jealousy, name calling, false accusations to name a few. Why then go through such hardships?

Simply because while we live in this world, we are not of this world. We belong to God our Father who loves us deeply. And through Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour, we have abundance of love and peace which is everlasting. None of which the world has to offer. We have the Holy Spirit to guide us every step of the way. Our joy is complete when we live, love and serve Him. Amen

First reading
Acts 16:1-10

From Cilicia Paul went to Derbe, and then on to Lystra. Here there was a disciple called Timothy, whose mother was a Jewess who had become a believer; but his father was a Greek. The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of Timothy, and Paul, who wanted to have him as a travelling companion, had him circumcised. This was on account of the Jews in the locality where everyone knew his father was a Greek.
As they visited one town after another, they passed on the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem, with instructions to respect them.
So the churches grew strong in the faith, as well as growing daily in numbers.
They travelled through Phrygia and the Galatian country, having been told by the Holy Spirit not to preach the word in Asia. When they reached the frontier of Mysia they thought to cross it into Bithynia, but as the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them, they went through Mysia and came down to Troas.
One night Paul had a vision: a Macedonian appeared and appealed to him in these words, ‘Come across to Macedonia and help us.’ Once he had seen this vision we lost no time in arranging a passage to Macedonia, convinced that God had called us to bring them the Good News.

John 15:18-21

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If the world hates you,
remember that it hated me before you.
If you belonged to the world,
the world would love you as its own; but because you do not belong to the world, because my choice withdrew you from the world, therefore the world hates you.
Remember the words I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well. But it will be on my account that they will do all this,
because they do not know the one who sent me.’

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