On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 17, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The Gospel of texts of today is often used at Christian Funerals and it gives hope to those who have lost a dearly beloved one. But above all it holds a promise for all of us. That those of us who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ are assured of new life with Him. For He alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life! And He will come to lead us home.

Therefore we Catholics hold Christmas, Good Friday and Easter dear to our hearts because they remind us of the great and everlasting love of God that has been poured out upon us all;through the life, death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So dear sisters and brothers in Christ, are we not living joyful lives after the fact? Or have we allowed the world to rob us of this joy with its many distractions and the lure of instant gratification of our bodily senses? Let us never forget we are children of an almighty and loving God our Father, who will never abandon us when we turn to Him. Let us therefore remain steadfast in His love for we know we will never lose our way if we but follow Him, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ Jesus. Amen

First reading

Acts 13:26-33 †
God has fulfilled his promise by raising Jesus from the dead

Paul stood up in the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia, held up a hand for silence and began to speak:
‘My brothers, sons of Abraham’s race, and all you who fear God, this message of salvation is meant for you. What the people of Jerusalem and their rulers did, though they did not realise it, was in fact to fulfil the prophecies read on every sabbath. Though they found nothing to justify his death, they condemned him and asked Pilate to have him executed. When they had carried out everything that scripture foretells about him they took him down from the tree and buried him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied him from Galilee to Jerusalem: and it is these same companions of his who are now his witnesses before our people.
‘We have come here to tell you the Good News. It was to our ancestors that God made the promise but it is to us, their children, that he has fulfilled it, by raising Jesus from the dead. As scripture says in the second psalm: You are my son: today I have become your father.’

Gospel

John 14:1-6
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you.
I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place,I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too. You know the way to the place where I am going.’

Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said:

‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one can come to the Father except through me.’

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