On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 1, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Instead of praying for personal wealth, health, position and so on. Why not instead pray to overcome the inertia of growing in faith and love? Pray for the heart of a disciple to follow after Christ. To be a powerful instrument of His grace for others. To live His Word and to share it with others. Pray to be given the opportunity to serve the poor and downtrodden. No one who have prayed these, have had their prayers gone unanswered!

Prayers such as these come from having entered into a deep personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ; through His Word by keeping it close to our hearts. And our response to His Word will be one of love shown by the depths of our very own words and actions. Having prayed in the presence of the Lord our God, will we ever have need of an answer? Something to ponder more deeply on…

Lord Jesus I am a child of God so loved by my Heavenly Father. Let your Will be done for me. Amen

First reading

Acts 18:23-28 †
Apollos demonstrated from the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ

Paul came down to Antioch, where he spent a short time before continuing his journey through the Galatian country and then through Phrygia, encouraging all the followers.
An Alexandrian Jew named Apollos now arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, with a sound knowledge of the scriptures, and yet, though he had been given instruction in the Way of the Lord and preached with great spiritual earnestness and was accurate in all the details he taught about Jesus, he had only experienced the baptism of John. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him speak boldly in the synagogue, they took an interest in him and gave him further instruction about the Way.
When Apollos thought of crossing over to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote asking the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived there he was able by God’s grace to help the believers considerably by the energetic way he refuted the Jews in public and demonstrated from the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.

Gospel

John 16:23-28
The Father loves you for loving me and believing that I came from God

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘I tell you most solemnly, anything you ask for from the Father he will grant in my name.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.
Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete.
I have been telling you all this in metaphors, the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in metaphors; but tell you about the Father in plain words.
When that day comes you will ask in my name; and I do not say that I shall pray to the Father for you, because the Father himself loves you for loving me and believing that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world and now I leave the world to go to the Father.’

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