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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 4, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What is it that drives us to follow the will of God our Father? Is it not because He has shown His great and immense love for us through His Son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ? Is it not because of our encounter with Him that we see the many blessings that had unfolded in our lives?

And if we rightly choose to reciprocate His love then we must do as He commands;that we should love one another as He had loved us. By His dying on the Cross, and rising to New life so that we can be with Him.

To live according to His word and will for us, is to be open to the docile promptings of the Holy Spirit. And we all can hear His voice, through the ever growing depths of our relationship with Him. Through prayer, reflection, frequent reception of the sacraments and living in His light. Amen

First reading

Acts 15:22-31
It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by us not to burden you beyond these essentials

The apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this. They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood, and gave them this letter to take with them:
‘The apostles and elders, your brothers, send greetings to the brothers of pagan birth in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds. They acted without any authority from us; and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul, men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accordingly we are sending you Judas and Silas, who will confirm by word of mouth what we have written in this letter. It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols; from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these, and you will do what is right. Farewell.’
The party left and went down to Antioch, where they summoned the whole community and delivered the letter. The community read it and were delighted with the encouragement it gave them.

Gospel

John 15:12-17
What I command you is to love one another

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘This is my commandment:
love one another, as I have loved you.
A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends, if you do what I command you.
I shall not call you servants any more, because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not choose me:
no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit,bfruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name.
What I command you is to love one another.’