On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 4, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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I like speaking with people, meeting up with them and sharing Jesus with them. I am most alive when I am able to do so. But a couple of months back all our lives around the globe started to change in ways we could not possibly have imagined. We were scattered so to speak, separated, taught and even drilled to keep a social distance! Not by choice but by simple necessity. Diablo had found a new and swift way to scatter God our Father’s flock. So what can we do about it? Do we choose to allow ourselves to dry up spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, even physically?

We must cling to the hope and certainty that this too shall pass. And so we turn to Jesus who died to gather all of God our Father’s scattered children around the world. He is afterall the Lord of Lords, King of Kings. Through the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit we can be filled with new insights and be grace filled as we gather in new ways in the Lord’s presence. Through Skype, Google hangout, zoom and more. We can attend virtual Catholic conferences, read and beef up on our knowledge of our faith through books, online courses and sound Catholic websites like Catholic answers. The options we have are limitless and all we need to do is continue to open our minds and hearts to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. He will meet us at the well and ofter us living water for all time.

So let us continue to stay awake as we await the coming of the day when we will once again be in full communion with Him and one another. Amen

First reading

Ezekiel 37:21-28 ·
I will bring them home and make them one nation

The Lord says this: ‘I am going to take the sons of Israel from the nations where they have gone. I shall gather them together from everywhere and bring them home to their own soil. I shall make them into one nation in my own land and on the mountains of Israel, and one king is to be king of them all; they will no longer form two nations, nor be two separate kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and their filthy practices and all their sins. I shall rescue them from all the betrayals they have been guilty of; I shall cleanse them; they shall be my people and I will be their God. My servant David will reign over them, one shepherd for all; they will follow my observances, respect my laws and practise them. They will live in the land that I gave my servant Jacob, the land in which your ancestors lived. They will live in it, they, their children, their children’s children, for ever. David my servant is to be their prince for ever. I shall make a covenant of peace with them, an eternal covenant with them. I shall resettle them and increase them; I shall settle my sanctuary among them for ever. I shall make my home above them; I will be their God, they shall be my people. And the nations will learn that I am the Lord, the sanctifier of Israel, when my sanctuary is with them for ever.’


John 11:45-56
Jesus was to die to gather together the scattered children of God

Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what Jesus did believed in him, but some of them went to tell the Pharisees what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and Pharisees called a meeting. ‘Here is this man working all these signs’ they said ‘and what action are we taking? If we let him go on in this way everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy the Holy Place and our nation.’ One of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said, ‘You do not seem to have grasped the situation at all; you fail to see that it is better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed.’ He did not speak in his own person, it was as high priest that he made this prophecy that Jesus was to die for the nation – and not for the nation only, but to gather together in unity the scattered children of God. From that day they were determined to kill him. So Jesus no longer went about openly among the Jews, but left the district for a town called Ephraim, in the country bordering on the desert, and stayed there with his disciples.
The Jewish Passover drew near, and many of the country people who had gone up to Jerusalem to purify themselves looked out for Jesus, saying to one another as they stood about in the Temple, ‘What do you think? Will he come to the festival or not?’

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