On Today’s Gospel

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


We have a powerful advocate and have been given many gifts. Ourpoured during our baptism and confirmation. And yet how many of us are using those gifts to grow in holiness? To build the Kingdom of the Lord our God? For His flock?

We need to discern our Charisms so as to better put to use what we have been given for our sisters and brothers in Christ. Thereby building up our one Catholic and Apostolic Church for all time. For Jesus reigns victorious! Amen

First reading
Acts 19:1-8

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul made his way overland as far as Ephesus, where he found a number of disciples. When he asked, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ they answered, ‘No, we were never even told there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit.’ ‘Then how were you baptised?’ he asked. ‘With John’s baptism’ they replied. ‘John’s baptism’ said Paul ‘was a baptism of repentance; but he insisted that the people should believe in the one who was to come after him – in other words, Jesus.’ When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the moment Paul had laid hands on them the Holy Spirit came down on them, and they began to speak with tongues and to prophesy. There were about twelve of these men.
He began by going to the synagogue, where he spoke out boldly and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God. He did this for three months

Gospel
John 16:29-33

His disciples said to Jesus, ‘Now you are speaking plainly and not using metaphors! Now we see that you know everything, and do not have to wait for questions to be put into words; because of this we believe that you came from God.’ Jesus answered them:

‘Do you believe at last?
Listen; the time will come– in fact it has come already–
when you will be scattered,
each going his own way and leaving me alone.
And yet I am not alone,
because the Father is with me.
I have told you all this
so that you may find peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world.’

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