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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 15, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

God our Father could have condemned the world for its many heinous sins and all of us would have perished for all eternity. To have a glimpse into why He did not rightfully do so, we must enter into the depths of His heart. For it was love He created us and it is for love of us He saved us. The most visible sign of that love is His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who hung on the cross and died so that we might live. Light entered into the world when He was born and by His Resurrection light brilliantly burst forth to cast all shadows of darkness into oblivion!

We then who live in the light of Christ have a duty to share the joy of His life, death and Resurrection;so that every man, woman and child can live in His peace, love and joy. To preach repentance of all sin, the mercy, love and embrace that Christ our Lord offers and union with Him for all eternity.

O Holy Spirit teach and guide me always to walk in the light of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, so that I may speak of His love this and everyday. Amen

First reading

Acts 12:24-13:5 †
‘I want Barnabas and Saul set apart’

The word of God continued to spread and to gain followers. Barnabas and Saul completed their task and came back from Jerusalem, bringing John Mark with them.
In the church at Antioch the following were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. One day while they were offering worship to the Lord and keeping a fast, the Holy Spirit said, ‘I want Barnabas and Saul set apart for the work to which I have called them.’ So it was that after fasting and prayer they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
So these two, sent on their mission by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. They landed at Salamis and proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; John acted as their assistant.

Gospel

John 12:44-50
I, the light, have come into the world

Jesus declared publicly:

‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me
but in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me, sees the one who sent me.
I, the light, have come into the world,
so that whoever believes in me need not stay in the dark any more.
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them faithfully, it is not I who shall condemn him, since I have come not to condemn the world, but to save the world.
He who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already: the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.
For what I have spoken does not come from myself; no, what I was to say, what I had to speak, was commanded by the Father who sent me, and I know that his commands mean eternal life.
And therefore what the Father has told me
is what I speak.’