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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 11, 2023 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Love one another and remain in my love.

To remain in the love of our Lord we must know His Word and do His Will. Each and every day, our greatest desire is to wake up and dwell with Him in His presence. Then we carry Him with us every where we go.

A great example of a disciple remaining in our Lord’s love is St James, for in today’s reading He discerns all he hears from St Peter, St Paul, St Barnabas and then lays the ground on how to move forwards through Scripture the living word of God!

Therefore we cannot declare that we know our Lord and are remaining in His love when we do not know the Scriptures (His Word) for as St Jerome insisted, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ!”

Let Your Word O Lord be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Amen Alleluia!


First reading

Acts 15:7-21 ·

I rule that we do not make things more difficult for the pagans who turn to God

After the discussion had gone on a long time, Peter stood up and addressed the apostles and the elders.

    ‘My brothers,’ he said ‘you know perfectly well that in the early days God made his choice among you: the pagans were to learn the Good News from me and so become believers. In fact God, who can read everyone’s heart, showed his approval of them by giving the Holy Spirit to them just as he had to us. God made no distinction between them and us, since he purified their hearts by faith. It would only provoke God’s anger now, surely, if you imposed on the disciples the very burden that neither we nor our ancestors were strong enough to support? Remember, we believe that we are saved in the same way as they are: through the grace of the Lord Jesus.’

    This silenced the entire assembly, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul describing the signs and wonders God had worked through them among the pagans.

    When they had finished it was James who spoke. ‘My brothers,’ he said ‘listen to me. Simeon has described how God first arranged to enlist a people for his name out of the pagans. This is entirely in harmony with the words of the prophets, since the scriptures say:

After that I shall return

and rebuild the fallen House of David;

I shall rebuild it from its ruins

and restore it.

Then the rest of mankind,

all the pagans who are consecrated to my name,

will look for the Lord,

says the Lord who made this known so long ago.

‘I rule, then, that instead of making things more difficult for pagans who turn to God, we send them a letter telling them merely to abstain from anything polluted by idols, from fornication, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For Moses has always had his preachers in every town, and is read aloud in the synagogues every sabbath.’



John 15:9-11

Remain in my love

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘As the Father has loved me,

so I have loved you.

Remain in my love.

If you keep my commandments

you will remain in my love,

just as I have kept my Father’s commandments

and remain in his love.

I have told you this

so that my own joy may be in you

and your joy be complete.’