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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 20, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How do we truly love one another? Do we go out of our way for one another? Are we willing to sacrifice time? Our talents and gifts? Are we at willing to lay down our life for a friend? If not then how do we hope to bear fruit for our Lord?

Is it enough to simply send our prayers and well wishes by whatsapp, messenger, text message, instagram or tweeter to a friend in need? Is it right not to be there for family or friend at a wake? Is it enough to simply give money instead of helping with the care for the poor? Entrust someone else with the care for the downtrodden? If we will not be present for a friend or community then we will not be present for the stranger in need! We will not be present for Jesus!

Jesus by the power of Your resurrection free me from everything that holds me back from loving my friends, family, even the stranger as I should. Grant me the courage, strength, grace and humility to put their needs first before my very own. Let me glorify You by my love and my life for You and my brethren. Amen

First reading

Acts 15:22-31 ·

It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by us not to burden you beyond these essentials

The apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this. They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood, and gave them this letter to take with them:

    ‘The apostles and elders, your brothers, send greetings to the brothers of pagan birth in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds. They acted without any authority from us; and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul, men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accordingly we are sending you Judas and Silas, who will confirm by word of mouth what we have written in this letter. It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols; from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these, and you will do what is right. Farewell.’

    The party left and went down to Antioch, where they summoned the whole community and delivered the letter. The community read it and were delighted with the encouragement it gave them.


John 15:12-17

What I command you is to love one another

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘This is my commandment:

love one another,

as I have loved you.

A man can have no greater love

than to lay down his life for his friends.

You are my friends,

if you do what I command you.

I shall not call you servants any more,

because a servant does not know

his master’s business;

I call you friends,

because I have made known to you

everything I have learnt from my Father.

You did not choose me:

no, I chose you;

and I commissioned you

to go out and to bear fruit,

fruit that will last;

and then the Father will give you

anything you ask him in my name.

What I command you is to love one another.’