Archive for May 23, 2022

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 23, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Even before the pandemic hit very few folks were willing to open their homes for community prayer meetings. They might gladly do so for family gatherings which was infrequent or for one or two close friends but prayer meetings were by far too much of a hassle.

That said I have been Blessed to know a few ‘Lydias’ who are not simply hospitable but outright generous, loving and kind. They do not only prepare their homes for the Lord’s coming (presence) for the meetings but they seem to look upon you their guest as`Jesus’ In other words, they made feel you welcomed as they would have welcomed our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! No exaggeration! They are true witnesses of living life in the Spirit!

Come Holy Spirit come, come live inside of me. Amen

First reading
Acts 16:11-15 ·
The Lord opened Lydia’s heart to accept what Paul was saying

Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day for Neapolis, and from there for Philippi, a Roman colony and the principal city of that particular district of Macedonia. After a few days in this city we went along the river outside the gates as it was the sabbath and this was a customary place for prayer. We sat down and preached to the women who had come to the meeting. One of these women was called Lydia, a devout woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade. She listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptised she sent us an invitation: ‘If you really think me a true believer in the Lord,’ she said ‘come and stay with us’; and she would take no refusal.

John 15:26-16:4
The Spirit of truth will be my witness

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘When the Advocate comes,
whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father,
he will be my witness.
And you too will be witnesses,
because you have been with me from the outset.

‘I have told you all this that your faith may not be shaken.
They will expel you from the synagogues, and indeed the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a holy duty for God.
They will do these things
because they have never known either the Father or myself.
But I have told you all this,
so that when the time for it comes you may remember that I told you.’