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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 28, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

When my Spiritual director had left to go on his new ‘mission’ to be faithful and obedient to God our Father. I felt that it was too soon, so much I was not prepared for. The leadership team still in its infancy needed more guidance and someone very strong to hold them together. Then changes came fast and furious. Many were trying to find good in them whilst many others looked on in dismay, as we watched the foundations we had built collapse. I was among the latter and decided to serve in a different capacity, my beloved Parish would be entrusted to the former, the hopefuls.

In all that had taken place and in the chaos, I had somehow forgotten we had a powerful advocate, the Holy Spirit. Unless Jesus our Lord and Saviour left He would not come. I began to slowly understand this better and more clearly in my own reality. Instead of holding on tightly to my Spiritual director and the legacy he left behind, I should have allowed the Holy Spirit to come fully into my being and convict me in my service to the Lord my God. He is the one to continue to guide me and set my heart aflame. He will even send me the Spiritual directors I need when I need them. I have the great and powerful Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist to renew, refresh, nourish and strengthen me.

Thank you Lord for the ‘earthquake’ that rocked my foundation. Otherwise it would not have fully been built on the rock of my faith in God my Father, His Son my Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen

First reading

Acts 16:22-34 †
Become a believer and you will be saved, and your household too

The crowd joined in and showed their hostility to Paul and Silas, so the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be flogged. They were given many lashes and then thrown into prison, and the gaoler was told to keep a close watch on them. So, following his instructions, he threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
Late that night Paul and Silas were praying and singing God’s praises, while the other prisoners listened. Suddenly there was an earthquake that shook the prison to its foundations. All the doors flew open and the chains fell from all the prisoners. When the gaoler woke and saw the doors wide open he drew his sword and was about to commit suicide, presuming that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted at the top of his voice, ‘Don’t do yourself any harm; we are all here.’ The gaoler called for lights, then rushed in, threw himself trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas, and escorted them out, saying, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They told him, ‘Become a believer in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, and your household too.’ Then they preached the word of the Lord to him and to all his family. Late as it was, he took them to wash their wounds, and was baptised then and there with all his household. Afterwards he took them home and gave them a meal, and the whole family celebrated their conversion to belief in God.

Gospel

John 16:5-11
Unless I go, the Advocate will not come to you

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘Now I am going to the one who sent me.
Not one of you has asked, “Where are you going?”
Yet you are sad at heart because I have told you this.
Still, I must tell you the truth:
it is for your own good that I am going
because unless I go,the Advocate will not come to you;but if I do go,
I will send him to you.
And when he comes,he will show the world how wrong it was,about sin,and about who was in the right,and about judgement:about sin: proved by their refusal to believe in me;
about who was in the right: proved by my going to the Father and your seeing me no more; about judgement: proved by the prince of this world being already condemned.’