On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 19, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Whether it be with separated Christians of other denominations, atheists or believers of other religions. If we enter into discussions with them or even debates it is not about winning the arguments or displaying superior knowledge or wisdom; it is about how much more we can love them through Christ our Lord,  both in our words and in our deeds. Such that the light of Christ shines through us. For whether they reject us personally or reject all that we have shared with them, it does not change the reality of the truth, the way and the life to be found in Jesus alone.

We can share His love and peace with all that we meet because we have ourselves received His immense love for us, His peace and joy; having sought Him daily through His Word and entering into His presence to listen to His will for us.  Grace filled we go out as witnesses to His love, peace and share the great joy of the Gospel.

Lord Jesus we desire the food that You offer us, that which endures to eternal life. Amen Alleluia!

First reading

Acts 6:8-15

They could not get the better of Stephen because the Spirit prompted what he said

Stephen was filled with grace and power and began to work miracles and great signs among the people. But then certain people came forward to debate with Stephen, some from Cyrene and Alexandria who were members of the synagogue called the Synagogue of Freedmen, and others from Cilicia and Asia. They found they could not get the better of him because of his wisdom, and because it was the Spirit that prompted what he said. So they procured some men to say, ‘We heard him using blasphemous language against Moses and against God.’ Having in this way turned the people against him as well as the elders and scribes, they took Stephen by surprise, and arrested him and brought him before the Sanhedrin. There they put up false witnesses to say, ‘This man is always making speeches against this Holy Place and the Law. We have heard him say that Jesus the Nazarene is going to destroy this Place and alter the traditions that Moses handed down to us.’ The members of the Sanhedrin all looked intently at Stephen, and his face appeared to them like the face of an angel.

Gospel

John 6:22-29

Do not work for food that cannot last, but for food that endures to eternal life

After Jesus had fed the five thousand, his disciples saw him walking on the water. Next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side saw that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that the disciples had set off by themselves. Other boats, however, had put in from Tiberias, near the place where the bread had been eaten. When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into those boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’

    Jesus answered:

‘I tell you most solemnly,

you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs

but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.

Do not work for food that cannot last,

but work for food that endures to eternal life,

the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you,

for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.’

Then they said to him, ‘What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?’ Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.’

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