On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 24, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Jesus our Risen Lord is also our Eucharistic Lord and God! The reality of this truth does not change whether we choose to accept it or not.  That is why I have chosen to share this truth knowing full well I have quite a number of sisters and brothers from other denominations around the globe following my reflections and it is difficult for them to accept.  Temptation is to adulterate the truth and to make it more palatable. But what good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? What did Jesus do when many of His ‘disciples’  left Him because they could not accept His doctrine of what we now accept to be His teaching of the Holy Eucharist? He did not try to convince them, offer clarification, or justification but simply turned to His twelve and said ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’

Jesus is truly the bread of life, whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life; And Jesus will raise all who believe and are faithful up at the last day.

We who have been given life to the full must therefore in turn be life giving! In every aspect of our lives, in thought, word and deed.  St Peter in today’s first reading testifies powerfully to this by His living example of visiting one place after another sharing in the light of the resurrection and offering all who would listen, life in Christ! For our Lord had promised, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Amen Alleluia!

First reading

Acts 9:31-42 ·

The churches grew and were filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit

The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up, living in the fear of the Lord, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.

    Peter visited one place after another and eventually came to the saints living down in Lydda. There he found a man called Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ cures you: get up and fold up your sleeping mat.’ Aeneas got up immediately; everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they were all converted to the Lord.

    At Jaffa there was a woman disciple called Tabitha, or Dorcas in Greek, who never tired of doing good or giving in charity. But the time came when she got ill and died, and they washed her and laid her out in a room upstairs. Lydda is not far from Jaffa, so when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two men with an urgent message for him, ‘Come and visit us as soon as possible.’

    Peter went back with them straightaway, and on his arrival they took him to the upstairs room, where all the widows stood round him in tears, showing him tunics and other clothes Dorcas had made when she was with them. Peter sent them all out of the room and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to the dead woman and said, ‘Tabitha, stand up.’ She opened her eyes, looked at Peter and sat up. Peter helped her to her feet, then he called in the saints and widows and showed them she was alive. The whole of Jaffa heard about it and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel

John 6:60-69

Who shall we go to? You are the Holy One of God

After hearing his doctrine many of the followers of Jesus said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, ‘Does this upset you? What if you should see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before?

‘It is the spirit that gives life,

the flesh has nothing to offer.

The words I have spoken to you are spirit

and they are life.

‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the outset those who did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. He went on, ‘This is why I told you that no one could come to me unless the Father allows him.’ After this, many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him.

    Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.’

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