On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 5, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Imagine you are Philip in today’s reading and the Lord speaks to your heart to be ready to set out at noon. Then he tells you to meet a chariot in which an unusual character is seated reading a passage of scripture. What if you thought to yourself is this all in my head? What if you thought better and went a different way? Or decided it was too awkward to start a conversation with a total stranger. How would he react? What would he think of me? How then would the Eunuch have ever had a chance to understand what he read? Or to have encountered Jesus through the sharing of the Good News of Jesus? How could his life have changed such that he would rejoice for coming out of darkness into the light? How would he have eternal life when Jesus the bread of life is kept from him by our very own insecurities and unbelief?

Everyone who believes has eternal life! Do you truly believe? If you say you do then how many have you brought to Jesus? How many have heard the word of God today through you? How many are rejoicing in Jesus for having met you? Is Jesus really for everyone or do you pick and choose who to speak to about Him?

My Lord and my God! Forgive me my many shortcomings! Open my lips and I shall praise Your name. Amen

First reading

Acts 8:26-40

Philip baptizes a eunuch

The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Be ready to set out at noon along the road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza, the desert road.’ So he set off on his journey. Now it happened that an Ethiopian had been on pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he was a eunuch and an officer at the court of the kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia, and was in fact her chief treasurer. He was now on his way home; and as he sat in his chariot he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and meet that chariot.’ When Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ ‘How can I’ he replied ‘unless I have someone to guide me?’ So he invited Philip to get in and sit by his side. Now the passage of scripture he was reading was this:

Like a sheep that is led to the slaughter-house,

like a lamb that is dumb in front of its shearers,

like these he never opens his mouth.

He has been humiliated and has no one to defend him.

Who will ever talk about his descendants,

since his life on earth has been cut short!

The eunuch turned to Philip and said, ‘Tell me, is the prophet referring to himself or someone else?’ Starting, therefore, with this text of scripture Philip proceeded to explain the Good News of Jesus to him.

    Further along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, ‘Look, there is some water here; is there anything to stop me being baptised?’ He ordered the chariot to stop, then Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water and Philip baptised him. But after they had come up out of the water again Philip was taken away by the Spirit of the Lord, and the eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. Philip found that he had reached Azotus and continued his journey proclaiming the Good News in every town as far as Caesarea.

Gospel

John 6:44-51

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven

Jesus said to the crowd:

‘No one can come to me

unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me,

and I will raise him up at the last day.

It is written in the prophets:

They will all be taught by God,

and to hear the teaching of the Father,

and learn from it,

is to come to me.

Not that anybody has seen the Father,

except the one who comes from God:

he has seen the Father.

I tell you most solemnly,

everybody who believes has eternal life.

‘I am the bread of life.

Your fathers ate the manna in the desert

and they are dead;

but this is the bread that comes down from heaven,

so that a man may eat it and not die.

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.

Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;

and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,

for the life of the world.’

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