On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 13, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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How can we believers be united heart and soul if we do not belong to a community of believers? If we believe that however we behave, say or do is between us and God individually? If everything and everyone else is a priority over our community prayer meetings? If we do not meet to pray and dwell on the Word of the Lord as one body in Him? If we do not testify to His great love for us in our lives? If we do not care for the well being of one another? If we hold back and do not give our all, then in essence we deprive ourselves of life to the full in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

For if we are truly united heart and soul then we too will testify to the resurrection of our Lord with great power. Together we will bear our crosses and lift our Lord up high so that everyone who believes will have a share of eternal life in Him. Amen Alleluia

First reading

Acts 4:32-37 ·

The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul

The 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 heaven

Jesus 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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