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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 27, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

In a recent community sharing on the Gospel reading for Easter, we touched a little on being a more inclusive community. It dawned on us that we were actually a very inclusive community striving to be better disciples. However who if any in our community were being excluded? The real problem and this happens in many communities and ministries is that the folks who are excluded have in actual fact excluded themselves! They chose not to come and be in the presence of our Lord for prayer meetings, fellowship and formation. To be in communion with their fellow members so as to grow in faith, love even charity. How can they then expect to the Holy Spirit to touch their hearts? The way He did Lydia in today’s first reading who was sincere and had a desire to be open to our Lord’s promptings.

Our faith is never a private one just between ourselves individually and the Lord our God. Otherwise our being one Body in Christ has no meaning for us. How then can we be witnesses to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as we are called to be?

Sisters and brothers it is time to wake up to the reality of our faith in Him who loves us ever so dearly. It is time to make straight our paths by seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive the nourishment, the grace and divinity of our Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. So that we can be better disciples who strive to come often together to be in His presence;to be witnesses of His love to one another and then go out to share the Gospel message of His love to one and all. Amen

First reading

Acts 16:11-15 †
The Lord opened Lydia’s heart to accept what Paul was saying

Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day for Neapolis, and from there for Philippi, a Roman colony and the principal city of that particular district of Macedonia. After a few days in this city we went along the river outside the gates as it was the sabbath and this was a customary place for prayer. We sat down and preached to the women who had come to the meeting. One of these women was called Lydia, a devout woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade. She listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptised she sent us an invitation: ‘If you really think me a true believer in the Lord,’ she said ‘come and stay with us’; and she would take no refusal.

Gospel

John 15:26-16:4
The Spirit of truth will be my witness

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘When the Advocate comes,
whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness.
And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the outset.
‘I have told you all this that your faith may not be shaken.
They will expel you from the synagogues, and indeed the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a holy duty for God.
They will do these things because they have never known either the Father or myself.
But I have told you all this, so that when the time for it comes you may remember that I told you.’