Archive for April 23, 2019

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 23, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Too often we are so caught up in our worldly affairs, our griefs and sorrows that we cannot see, hear His voice or even recognise our Risen Lord standing before us. Can our Guardian angel then help and point us in the right direction?

Those who live in the presence of the Risen Lord can attest to the peace and joy they carry in their hearts with them where ever they go. They know with a sense of certainty that life on earth is only a gateway to true eternal life with our Saviour Jesus Christ. And so they live out their baptismal vows to grow in Holiness.

Therefore sisters and brothers let us live loving, Christ centred lives. So they we will be able to lead others who do not yet know Jesus, into new life with Him through baptism. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

First reading

Acts 2:36-41 †
You must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus

On the day of Pentecost, Peter spoke to the Jews: ‘The whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.’
Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the apostles, ‘What must we do, brothers?’ ‘You must repent,’ Peter answered ‘and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself.’ He spoke to them for a long time using many arguments, and he urged them, ‘Save yourselves from this perverse generation.’ They were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number.


John 20:11-18
‘I have seen the Lord and he has spoken to me’

Mary stayed outside near the tomb, weeping. Then, still weeping, she stooped to look inside, and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the feet. They said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ ‘They have taken my Lord away’ she replied ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognise him. Jesus said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him.’ Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She knew him then and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbuni!’ – which means Master. Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go and find the brothers, and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ So Mary of Magdala went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.