On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 4, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The Lord our God will never abandon us for even in our hour of great trial and suffering He is with us. For the Church He built is upon rock and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. Through His great love and mercy He has sent instruments of His grace to us, to heal us, bind up wounds and casts out evil.

We too can and should be instruments of His grace, by living first in the light of His resurrection. Choosing to love Him above all things, turning away from sin and temptation and being faithful to the Gospel. He has given us of Himself in Holy Eucharist for He is truly the bread of life! Then surely through the power of the Holy Spirit we will live grace filled lives bringing His hope, peace and love into the world. And He will raise all of us believers up on the last day. Amen

First reading

Acts 8:1-8

They went from place to place, preaching the Good News

That day a bitter persecution started against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone except the apostles fled to the country districts of Judaea and Samaria.

    There were some devout people, however, who buried Stephen and made great mourning for him.

    Saul then worked for the total destruction of the Church; he went from house to house arresting both men and women and sending them to prison.

    Those who had escaped went from place to place preaching the Good News. One of them was Philip who went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them. The people united in welcoming the message Philip preached, either because they had heard of the miracles he worked or because they saw them for themselves. There were, for example, unclean spirits that came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured. As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.


John 6:35-40

It is my Father’s will that whoever sees the Son should have eternal life

Jesus said to the crowd:

‘I am the bread of life.

He who comes to me will never be hungry;

he who believes in me will never thirst.

But, as I have told you,

you can see me and still you do not believe.

All that the Father gives me will come to me,

and whoever comes to me I shall not turn him away;

because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will,

but to do the will of the one who sent me.

Now the will of him who sent me

is that I should lose nothing of all that he has given to me,

and that I should raise it up on the last day.

Yes, it is my Father’s will

that whoever sees the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life,

and that I shall raise him up on the last day.’

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