On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 21, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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This account in the acts of the Apostles is a model for us who belong to communitues in the Lord. But it is far from easy to follow! Because everyone must be united with one heart with Jesus at its centre.For many years in the various communites I belonged to we invited many to join us in the breaking of the word and bringing a small dish to share in fellowship. Only a handful would show up and few remain steadfast in coming together month, after month, year after year. But those who had remain steadfast have grown very much in their faith and love for one another. For the rest perhaps they thought there will always be a next time and again the time after next. Well today it is no longer possible to gather under one roof, even if wanted to with the current situation. And so we look to be ways in connecting with one another in the presence of our Lord holding on to the memories of the loving embrace we once shared with one another.Those of us who have decided to stay connected to one another through our Lord Jesus Christ making full use of the technology of today; can attest that the Holy Spirit blows ever strongly in our midst. And together with Mary his mother, our Lord is very much present in our meetings be it via zoom, cisco webex, messenger, conference call etc.
Glory and Praise to our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading

Acts 4:32-37 ·
The whole group of believers was united, heart and soulThe whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.
The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect.
None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.
There was a Levite of Cypriot origin called Joseph whom the apostles surnamed Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’). He owned a piece of land and he sold it and brought the money, and presented it to the apostles.

Gospel

John 3:7-15
No-one has gone up to heaven except the Son of Man who has come down from heavenJesus said to Nicodemus:‘Do not be surprised when I say: You must be born from above. The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.’‘How can that be possible?’ asked Nicodemus. ‘You, a teacher in Israel, and you do not know these things!’ replied Jesus.‘I tell you most solemnly, we speak only about what we know and witness only to what we have seen and yet you people reject our evidence.
If you do not believe me when I speak about things in this world, how are you going to believe me when I speak to you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven; and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’

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