On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 20, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

God alone deserves all our praise and worship. For love of us His abundant love and mercy is outpoured. Even today He has sent us many powerful instruments of His Grace and mercy. And many will travel the distance to congregate round them for an opportunity to be touched and healed. Yes indeed we thank God for sending them to us but we must never forget that all praise and Glory belongs to the Lord our God alone! For it is through love, faith and obedience to Him that these chosen ones were conferred the power and grace to minister to His flock.

Can we not be such powerful instruments of His Grace? Of course we can! If we are willing to be diciplined, committed and convicted in growing in our relationship, love and faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Willing to be the first to sacrifice for love of Him and neighbour. To be docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit sent to guide us. By our love we will then be seen as true disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. People around us will see Christ in us and they will hear His voice when we speak. Glory and praise to our Lord! Now and forever. Amen

First reading

Acts 14:5-18
We have come with good news to turn you to the living God

Eventually with the connivance of the authorities a move was made by pagans as well as Jews to make attacks on the apostles and to stone them. When the apostles came to hear of this, they went off for safety to Lycaonia where, in the towns of Lystra and Derbe and in the surrounding country, they preached the Good News.
A man sat there who had never walked in his life, because his feet were crippled from birth; and as he listened to Paul preaching, he managed to catch his eye. Seeing that the man had the faith to be cured, Paul said in a loud voice, ‘Get to your feet – stand up’, and the cripple jumped up and began to walk.
When the crowd saw what Paul had done they shouted in the language of Lycaonia, ‘These people are gods who have come down to us disguised as men.’ They addressed Barnabas as Zeus, and since Paul was the principal speaker they called him Hermes. The priests of Zeus-outside-the-Gate, proposing that all the people should offer sacrifice with them, brought garlanded oxen to the gates. When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening they tore their clothes, and rushed into the crowd, shouting, ‘Friends, what do you think you are doing? We are only human beings like you. We have come with good news to make you turn from these empty idols to the living God who made heaven and earth and the sea and all that these hold. In the past he allowed each nation to go its own way; but even then he did not leave you without evidence of himself in the good things he does for you: he sends you rain from heaven, he makes your crops grow when they should, he gives you food and makes you happy.’ Even this speech, however, was scarcely enough to stop the crowd offering them sacrifice.

Gospel

John 14:21-26
The Advocate, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me; and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and show myself to him.’

Judas – this was not Judas Iscariot – said to him, ‘Lord, what is all this about? Do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?’ Jesus replied:

‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own: it is the word of the one who sent me.
I have said these things to you while still with you;but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.’

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