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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 7, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Come Lord Jesus come to my aid! Lord give me a sign that I may believe in You! Lord if You answer this prayer I promise to…..Why do I pray so hard when you don’t answer Lord?

What if I told you Jesus was always there by your side? That He is real and truly the Son of the living God whether you want to believe or not. God our Father loves you dearly and wills only the best for you, therefore the answer to your prayer is sometimes No. Think a little more deeply, can the Lord our God be the Lord of your life if He must bend to your will? For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways. (Isa 55:8-9)

Empty yourself completely, mind, heart, hands, will and surrender your whole life to Jesus. Just as surely as the sun rises in the morning, you will begin to experience the presence of the Risen Lord profoundly in your life. You will hear Him speak to your heart. Come what may, Your lived experience of Christ will carry you through it all.

Lord Jesus into Your hands I commit my spirit. Amen

First reading

Acts 7:51-8:1 †
‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit’

Stephen said to the people, the elders and the scribes: ‘You stubborn people, with your pagan hearts and pagan ears. You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. Can you name a single prophet your ancestors never persecuted? In the past they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, and now you have become his betrayers, his murderers. You who had the Law brought to you by angels are the very ones who have not kept it.’
They were infuriated when they heard this, and ground their teeth at him.
But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. ‘I can see heaven thrown open’ he said ‘and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ At this all the members of the council shouted out and stopped their ears with their hands; then they all rushed at him, sent him out of the city and stoned him. The witnesses put down their clothes at the feet of a young man called Saul. As they were stoning him, Stephen said in invocation, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and said aloud, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them’; and with these words he fell asleep. Saul entirely approved of the killing.

Gospel

John 6:30-35
It is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven

The people said to Jesus, ‘What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’
Jesus answered:

‘I tell you most solemnly,
it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven,the true bread;
for the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’

‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’ Jesus answered:

‘I am the bread of life.
He who comes to me will never be hungry;
he who believes in me will never thirst.’