On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 2, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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How many brothers and sisters have you seen that when they speak appears to you like the face of angel? A messenger of God who speaks the truth and seems to lead you closer to Him? You are truly blessed if you have seen one because in this day and age it is indeed very rare! Why?

Because most prefer to engage in half-truths, or are very secretive about almost everything. Many seem to think that knowledge is power and to share it diminishes their power. They want to be in total control, for they alone can see the bigger picture, they know things that you do not. Then there are yet others who feel strongly that speaking the truth about our faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to dear friends and family of other faiths is just too uncomfortable and is sure to jeopardize the relationship with them. Really? Do they not want to see these very ‘loved’ ones reunited with them in heaven? Do we not profess our believe in One God every Sunday?

Yet we work hard for the latest in everything, mobile phones, Laptops, watches, bags, game consoles, buffet spreads, fine dining areas, Cruises, travel areas and so on! All that do not endure to eternal life!

Listen to what Jesus is offering you and me, for on Him the Father, God himself, has set his seal. That we must believe in the one He has sent for love of us; Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 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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