On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 15, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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The fundamental question for us this Eastertide is how can we remain joyful? How can we continue each day to live in the peace, joy and light of our Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ?

The answer is simple and had already been revealed to us long ago. However many of us had chosen either to ignore or brush it aside either due to lack of knowledge or know how, lack of  belief or simply we gave in to our inertia. Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life had revealed and given us the Holy Spirit to be our Counsellor and our guide. Hence choosing to live in the Spirit is what enables us to live in the light of the Resurrection. Being docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit is what enables us to be obedient to the Lord our God and enkindles in us the fire to become great instruments of His grace. What flows through us then is His peace, love and joy. It all begins with a simple prayer every morning, “Come Holy Spirit, Come; Come dwell in my heart, take full control, lead and guide me this and everyday.”

By His guiding hand, we are no longer slaves to fear, we live as children God our Father so loved by Him. Amen Alleluia!

First reading

Acts 5:27-33 ·

We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit

When the officials had brought the apostles in to face the Sanhedrin, the high priest demanded an explanation. ‘We gave you a formal warning’ he said ‘not to preach in this name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and seem determined to fix the guilt of this man’s death on us.’ In reply Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men; it was the God of our ancestors who raised up Jesus, but it was you who had him executed by hanging on a tree. By his own right hand God has now raised him up to be leader and saviour, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins through him to Israel. We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’

    This so infuriated them that they wanted to put them to death.

Gospel

John 3:31-36

The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything to him

John the Baptist said to his disciples:

‘He who comes from above is above all others;

he who is born of the earth is earthly himself

and speaks in an earthly way.

He who comes from heaven

bears witness to the things he has seen and heard,

even if his testimony is not accepted;

though all who do accept his testimony

are attesting the truthfulness of God,

since he whom God has sent

speaks God’s own words:

God gives him the Spirit without reserve.

The Father loves the Son

and has entrusted everything to him.

Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,

but anyone who refuses to believe in the Son will never see life:

the anger of God stays on him.’

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