On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 6, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We have a calling to be a light for all nations, regardless of race, language or religion. Regardless of social status! So that people living in darkness shall see a new light! The light of our resurrected Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We are all called to proclaim His Word, whether or not the word is well received is not for us to be concerned about. For the Lord Himself will tend and care for His flock. Those who come to believe through us will be blessed with His presence, peace, love and joy will fill their hearts. We do what we have seen Him doing, just as He saw was His Father was doing and did likewise. And we will do greater works than He, for the Holy Spirit is upon us and dwells within us. For all that we do shall be for His glory!

Let us therefore, be fearless in taking on something new for Him. If we are called to be worship leaders then let us be the best worship leader through the power of the Holy Spirit. If we are called to a healing ministry let us be industrious in praying for healing and relentless till our prayers are heard. Let our zeal to glorify Him by our lives lead us through new heights and depths in Him. Amen Alleluia!

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First reading

Acts 13:44-52 ·

Since you have rejected the word of God, we must turn to the pagans

The next sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God. When they saw the crowds, the Jews, prompted by jealousy, used blasphemies and contradicted everything Paul said. Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly. ‘We had to proclaim the word of God to you first, but since you have rejected it, since you do not think yourselves worthy of eternal life, we must turn to the pagans. For this is what the Lord commanded us to do when he said:

I have made you a light for the nations,

so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.’

It made the pagans very happy to hear this and they thanked the Lord for his message; all who were destined for eternal life became believers. Thus the word of the Lord spread through the whole countryside.

    But the Jews worked upon some of the devout women of the upper classes and the leading men of the city and persuaded them to turn against Paul and Barnabas and expel them from their territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in defiance and went off to Iconium; but the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

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Gospel

John 14:7-14

To have seen me is to have seen the father

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If you know me, you know my Father too.

From this moment you know him and have seen him.’

Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’

    ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him, ‘and you still do not know me?

‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father,

so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”?

Do you not believe

that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?

The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself:

it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.

You must believe me when I say

that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;

believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.

I tell you most solemnly,

whoever believes in me

will perform the same works as I do myself,

he will perform even greater works,

because I am going to the Father.

Whatever you ask for in my name I will do,

so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If you ask for anything in my name,

I will do it.’

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