On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Let us dwell a little in the love of God our Father. Let us hear the words of St Paul as He speaks about our salvation history, yes not just the salvation of our elder brothers the Jews but us, for He our Lord came to be a light of all nations! At the very end of that eloquent address we are reminded of our very own baptism, of how we have entered into divine sonship and daughterhood of God our Father through His Son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

Through our Baptism our Lord has touched us and cleansed us from all sin. From the top of our head to our feet we are prepared by the outpouring of His love and grace to be likewise, a light for all nations. He shows us how by His example of washing the feet of His disciples. We too who have been made worthy of being called His disciples are to wash the feet of one another. Bending the knee if need be, for love and service of Him and brethren. Let us be dutiful and faithful servants whose love of our Lord leads us to greater Holiness; as we continue our pilgrim journey back home into eternal life with Him.

Praise and glory be to our Risen Lord. Amen Alleluia!

First reading

Acts 13:13-25
God has raised up one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour

Paul and his friends went by sea from Paphos to Perga in Pamphylia where John left them to go back to Jerusalem. The others carried on from Perga till they reached Antioch in Pisidia. Here they went to synagogue on the sabbath and took their seats. After the lessons from the Law and the Prophets had been read, the presidents of the synagogue sent them a message: ‘Brothers, if you would like to address some words of encouragement to the congregation, please do so.’ Paul stood up, held up a hand for silence and began to speak:
‘Men of Israel, and fearers of God, listen! The God of our nation Israel chose our ancestors, and made our people great when they were living as foreigners in Egypt; then by divine power he led them out, and for about forty years took care of them in the wilderness. When he had destroyed seven nations in Canaan, he put them in possession of their land for about four hundred and fifty years. After this he gave them judges, down to the prophet Samuel. Then they demanded a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin. After forty years, he deposed him and made David their king, of whom he approved in these words, “I have selected David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will carry out my whole purpose.” To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour, whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said, “I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.”’

Gospel

John 13:16-20
Whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me

After he had washed the feet of his disciples, Jesus said to them:

‘I tell you most solemnly,no servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the man who sent him.

‘Now that you know this, happiness will be yours if you behave accordingly. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen; but what scripture says must be fulfilled: Someone who shares my table rebels against me.

‘I tell you this now, before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe that I am He.
I tell you most solemnly, whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’

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