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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 10, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Belonging to a Christian community is no different from belonging to a family. Both are one and the same. They require life giving sacrifices. Yet many treat them as separate because they are either not willing to make the same sacrifices, the commitment of love, time even money or; they do not see the value.

Yet when tragedy strikes or great challenges arise whom do they turn to? Their own individual families? What if prayers are needed for a beloved member who passed away? There is the expectation that the Christian community will come and some will certainly come but where is the Oneness? The communion with the community?

Blessed are we that we do not have to do it alone. We can turn to our Lord Jesus Christ who gathers all of us to Himself. He sacrificed Himself so that looking upon Him we are saved. Through the Holy Spirit He sent us, we can come together as one in Him. By our loving sacrifices to be there for one another we grow in our love and relationship with Him. For He willed that we be one as He our Heavenly Father are One. Amen

First reading

Acts 4:32-37
The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul

The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.
The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect.
None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.
There was a Levite of Cypriot origin called Joseph whom the apostles surnamed Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’). He owned a piece of land and he sold it and brought the money, and presented it to the apostles.

Gospel

John 3:7-15
No-one has gone up to heaven except the Son of Man who has come down from heaven

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘Do not be surprised when I say: You must be born from above.
The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.’

‘How can that be possible?’ asked Nicodemus. ‘You, a teacher in Israel, and you do not know these things!’ replied Jesus.

‘I tell you most solemnly, we speak only about what we know and witness only to what we have seen
and yet you people reject our evidence.
If you do not believe me when I speak about things in this world, how are you going to believe me when I speak to you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven; and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’