Archive for May 9, 2019

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 9, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Are you growing in your faith and knowledge of Christ your saviour, who alone gives life to the full? Oh no the catechism growing up was very basic and the priests in my parish are too busy to provide formation. Don’t know where to look even if I wanted to!? Scripture to be honest is ancient and boring to me.

The keyword to all the excuses we have is ‘want’ to. If we really wanted to, that is if it is our hearts desire, then do you not think the Holy Spirit will lead us or send someone to guide us? Besides by the grace of God, we managed to secure domains like catholic.com and formed.org with great wealth of information and are searchable even. Then there are also parish formation and programs that have been organized for us from time to time, our excuse for not signing up or registering? No time! Too busy!

If only you would receive the Word of God into Your hearts and allow Him to embrace You through a lived experience of Him. You will begin to feel something ‘old’, worn, familiar and comfortable yet New all at once. Every faith discovery is an exciting adventure in His love. Then truly you will be able to proclaim with joy in your heart, Jesus is the bread of life! He gives me life to the full! Amen, Amen, Amen, Alleluia!

First reading

Acts 8:26-40
Philip baptizes a eunuch

The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Be ready to set out at noon along the road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza, the desert road.’ So he set off on his journey. Now it happened that an Ethiopian had been on pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he was a eunuch and an officer at the court of the kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia, and was in fact her chief treasurer. He was now on his way home; and as he sat in his chariot he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and meet that chariot.’ When Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ ‘How can I’ he replied ‘unless I have someone to guide me?’ So he invited Philip to get in and sit by his side. Now the passage of scripture he was reading was this:

Like a sheep that is led to the slaughter-house, like a lamb that is dumb in front of its sharers, like these he never opens his mouth. He has been humiliated and has no one to defend him.
Who will ever talk about his descendants,
since his life on earth has been cut short!

The eunuch turned to Philip and said, ‘Tell me, is the prophet referring to himself or someone else?’ Starting, therefore, with this text of scripture Philip proceeded to explain the Good News of Jesus to him.
Further along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, ‘Look, there is some water here; is there anything to stop me being baptised?’ He ordered the chariot to stop, then Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water and Philip baptised him. But after they had come up out of the water again Philip was taken away by the Spirit of the Lord, and the eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. Philip found that he had reached Azotus and continued his journey proclaiming the Good News in every town as far as Caesarea.

Gospel

John 6:44-51
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven

Jesus said to the crowd:

‘No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me, and I will raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets:
They will all be taught by God, and to hear the teaching of the Father, and learn from it, is to come to me.
Not that anybody has seen the Father,
except the one who comes from God:
he has seen the Father.
I tell you most solemnly, everybody who believes has eternal life.

‘I am the bread of life.
Your fathers ate the manna in the desert
and they are dead; but this is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that a man may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’