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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 1, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Our world is filled with loud noise and distractions. Challenging people to deal with. Our minds are filled with plans to be carried out and decisions to be made. Now we have phones and gadgets that add to the clutter. Where do we find peace of mind?

And yet Jesus our sweet saviour offers us His peace freely when we turn to Him. The peace that sets our hearts aglow. The peace that opens our hearts to His love and joy. And we are meant to share our encounter with Him with our loved ones and the rest of the world. This is what the early disciples did and so must we. For we are all one body in Christ. Amen

First reading

Acts 14:19-28
They gave an account of how God had opened the door of faith to the pagans

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
A peace the world cannot give is my gift to you

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.’

Gaudete Et Exsultate

Posted: May 1, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

On Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete Et Exsultate

This is by no means a summary, for I do not want anyone to be deprived of this great treasure of treasures written by Pope Francis. To draw us closer to the heart of Jesus and to respond with zeal to our true calling; by virtue of our baptism…Holiness

Holiness which does not come from one’s own personal sanctification alone but through the sanctification of our hands, feet, heart and minds in loving service of God our Father’s children. Especially the poor and poor in spirit, through the same love and mercy He bestows upon us. Therefore the cross will always remain the source of our growth and sanctification.

Our Holy Father guides us through the practical application of the beatitudes imparted by our Lord Jesus and shares keen insights of leading humble lives pleasing to the Lord our God.

We must be wary that the devil is real and indeed seeks the ruin of our souls. He is the master of lies, deceptions and will do all he can to lead us astray. Hence we must be cautious and keep alert at all times.

That being said, we have much to rejoice and be glad! For through our Lord’s death and resurrection we have been set free to live fully in His love. We have the joy of the Gospel to nourish and enrich our lives, the Holy Sacraments in which Jesus draws us to Himself to live as one with Him. We are so very loved that He has great and wonderful plans for each and everyone of us. Even though we have many faults and failures, our Lord can use us to show His love, He can turn all our curses into blessings for us and for others.

Rejoice indeed and be glad. Amen