On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 8, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We have been given many gifts and blessings from God our Father. The gift of life, faith and new life in Him through our baptism and the Holy Spirit. Therefore our life is precious to Him and no one has the right to take it, not even our very own. Hence the sanctity of all our lives must be preserved.

Such is the love of God our Saviour Jesus Christ that He did not leave us orphans when He returned to God our Father. He sent us the Holy Spirit to help us in our journey towards divine sonship and daughterhood. Jesus Himself is very much present today with us as He was when He first came; only we see, touch and feel Him differently.

Thank You Heavenly Father for the gift of Your love, for the gift of Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Glory and Praise be Your forever and ever. Amen

First reading

Acts 16:22-34
Become a believer and you will be saved, and your household too

The crowd joined in and showed their hostility to Paul and Silas, so the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be flogged. They were given many lashes and then thrown into prison, and the gaoler was told to keep a close watch on them. So, following his instructions, he threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
Late that night Paul and Silas were praying and singing God’s praises, while the other prisoners listened. Suddenly there was an earthquake that shook the prison to its foundations. All the doors flew open and the chains fell from all the prisoners. When the gaoler woke and saw the doors wide open he drew his sword and was about to commit suicide, presuming that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted at the top of his voice, ‘Don’t do yourself any harm; we are all here.’ The gaoler called for lights, then rushed in, threw himself trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas, and escorted them out, saying, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They told him, ‘Become a believer in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, and your household too.’ Then they preached the word of the Lord to him and to all his family. Late as it was, he took them to wash their wounds, and was baptised then and there with all his household. Afterwards he took them home and gave them a meal, and the whole family celebrated their conversion to belief in God.

Gospel

John 16:5-11
Unless I go, the Advocate will not come to you

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Now I am going to the one who sent me.
Not one of you has asked, “Where are you going?”
Yet you are sad at heart because I have told you this.
Still, I must tell you the truth: it is for your own good that I am going
because unless I go,
the Advocate will not come to you; but if I do go,
I will send him to you.
And when he comes, he will show the world how wrong it was, about sin, and about who was in the right, and about judgement: about sin: proved by their refusal to believe in me; about who was in the right: proved by my going to the Father and your seeing me no more; about judgement: proved by the prince of this world being already condemned.’

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