On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 30, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Mi casa es su casa meaning my home is your home. What a warm and loving invitation, an epitome of what it means to be in communion. Yet these days very few will open their homes with such welcome and hospitality. Not for family, friends let alone the stranger. For this simply takes too much time, effort and zero return on cost! How then were the believers, the early Christians as mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles able to live in such harmony and communion with one another?

It is through the power of the Resurrection of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ! Our little hearts become bigger and bigger as it is filled with His peace, love and joy. As we live in the Spirit, we find we don’t have want or need for anything of the world. All we will ever need is provided for by our loving Father in Heaven. We give gladly of our hearts not to receive anything in return, yet we are blessed abundantly. The more we give, the more receive. Today there are still such loving communities of disciples living in the Spirit! Do you belong to one of these?

Thank You Lord Jesus, for by Your death and Resurrection You have opened the gates of Heaven for us. Through You we become one with You and with one another. Glory and Praise to You our Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

First reading

Acts 4:32-37 †
The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul

The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.
The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect.
None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.
There was a Levite of Cypriot origin called Joseph whom the apostles surnamed Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’). He owned a piece of land and he sold it and brought the money, and presented it to the apostles.

Gospel

John 3:7-15
No-one has gone up to heaven except the Son of Man who has come down from heaven

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘Do not be surprised when I say:
You must be born from above. The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.’

‘How can that be possible?’ asked Nicodemus. ‘You, a teacher in Israel, and you do not know these things!’ replied Jesus.

‘I tell you most solemnly, we speak only about what we know and witness only to what we have seen and yet you people reject our evidence.
If you do not believe me when I speak about things in this world, how are you going to believe me when I speak to you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven; and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’

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