On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 6, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Am I obedient to the Holy Spirit? Who has set me apart to share God’s love with family, my friends, colleagues, even the strangers I meet each day. How can I if I do not recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit? How then can I claim to know Jesus? For Jesus, God my Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit are one.Therefore if I hear my Lord’s voice then I will most certainly hear the soft promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is imperative that each morning I wake with a disciple’s heart to listen to His voice so that I may know my Lord’s Will for me through His Word, prayer and being still in His presence. Then surely my day will be grace filled as I live fully in His love and sharing it with all. It will not matter what challenges or difficulties lie ahead for the Holy Spirit is with me through it all.Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning its now and ever shall be world without end. Amen

First reading

Acts 12:24-13:5 ·
‘I want Barnabas and Saul set apart’The word of God continued to spread and to gain followers. Barnabas and Saul completed their task and came back from Jerusalem, bringing John Mark with them.
In the church at Antioch the following were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. One day while they were offering worship to the Lord and keeping a fast, the Holy Spirit said, ‘I want Barnabas and Saul set apart for the work to which I have called them.’ So it was that after fasting and prayer they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
So these two, sent on their mission by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. They landed at Salamis and proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; John acted as their assistant.

Gospel

John 12:44-50
I, the light, have come into the worldJesus declared publicly:‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me
but in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me, sees the one who sent me.
I, the light, have come into the world, so that whoever believes in me need not stay in the dark any more.
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them faithfully, it is not I who shall condemn him, since I have come not to condemn the world, but to save the world.
He who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already: the word itself that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.
For what I have spoken does not come from myself; no, what I was to say, what I had to speak, was commanded by the Father who sent me, and I know that his commands mean eternal life.
And therefore what the Father has told me
is what I speak.’

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