On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 14, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

If we are too rigid we will lose our members then we will not have anyone to serve in our ministry. So let us be more compassionate after all we are all volunteers. So what happens thereafter? There is no growth in faith in the members, neither is there growth in love for one another. Folks are free to choose when or where they want to serve. Prayer meetings, formations are missed and often there is a problem filling the required numbers for service. Often the same members are doing double, sometimes even triple the amount of work and there is a risk of burnout if they are not grounded in Christ. Most folks do not realise that by having turn their backs to the needs of their fellow members and ministry they have made themselves betrayers of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose call is to love one another first above all. How do you love then if you are not present? Or have other more important interests?

First and foremost the problem is we forget the root or etymology of the word volunteer actually means to enter into service of others that is, of one’s own free will. It does not mean that we are free to pick, choose as and when. In ministry you may have started out as a ‘volunteer’ but there must always be the movement towards greater discipleship of Jesus Christ our Lord. Coming together often to pray and discern the Lord’s will for us is paramount. Docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit we will be of greater service to one another and others through the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then we will bear much fruit, fruit that will last. Amen

St Matthias, all the Apostles and Saints pray for us……

First reading

Acts 1:15-17,20-26 †
‘Let someone else take his office’

One day Peter stood up to speak to the brothers – there were about a hundred and twenty persons in the congregation: ‘Brothers, the passage of scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through David, foretells the fate of Judas, who offered himself as a guide to the men who arrested Jesus – after having been one of our number and actually sharing this ministry of ours. Now in the Book of Psalms it says:

Let his camp be reduced to ruin,
Let there be no one to live in it.

And again:

Let someone else take his office.

‘We must therefore choose someone who has been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was travelling round with us, someone who was with us right from the time when John was baptising until the day when he was taken up from us – and he can act with us as a witness to his resurrection.’
Having nominated two candidates, Joseph known as Barsabbas, whose surname was Justus, and Matthias, they prayed, ‘Lord, you can read everyone’s heart; show us therefore which of these two you have chosen to take over this ministry and apostolate, which Judas abandoned to go to his proper place.’ They then drew lots for them, and as the lot fell to Matthias, he was listed as one of the twelve apostles.

Gospel

John 15:9-17
You are my friends if you do what I command you

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you.
A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends, if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more,
because a servant does not know his master’s business;
I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not choose me: no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name.
What I command you is to love one another.’

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