On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 7, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Many are devoted in sharing scripture passages, words to inspire and encourage on social media through the various platforms. They fully believe that someone, sometimes a particular person needs it to grow in the faith or simply to help them get through the day or week. If you asked them they will say the message helped them and they are just sharing the joy they received. What they are not saying is that 10% is for them but 90% is for that someone else. In other words they are not living the joy of the Gospel themselves. Their words of love have not been put into action for themselves or for anyone else.

Change must begin with me first! I must allow the spirit of truth to set me free. To allow the hurts and pain in the past to be fully healed so that I know longer hold unforgiveness in my heart. To forgive and remember that I have forgiven. To let the love of Christ and His powerful grace work through me to inspire others by my love put into action for them and for all others. Only then can I say I know God, for I love as He does.

Jesus make me a channel of Your peace and love. Amen

First reading

Acts 16:11-15
The Lord opened Lydia’s heart to accept what Paul was saying

Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day for Neapolis, and from there for Philippi, a Roman colony and the principal city of that particular district of Macedonia. After a few days in this city we went along the river outside the gates as it was the sabbath and this was a customary place for prayer. We sat down and preached to the women who had come to the meeting. One of these women was called Lydia, a devout woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade. She listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptised she sent us an invitation: ‘If you really think me a true believer in the Lord,’ she said ‘come and stay with us’; and she would take no refusal.

Gospel

John 15:26-16:4
The Spirit of truth will be my witness

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father,
he will be my witness.
And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the outset.

‘I have told you all this that your faith may not be shaken.
They will expel you from the synagogues, and indeed the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a holy duty for God.
They will do these things
because they have never known either the Father or myself.
But I have told you all this, so that when the time for it comes you may remember that I told you.’

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