Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection April 30, 2024


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R/. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glory of your reign.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and enter into his glory.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.”

1.      Once again, in the Acts of the Apostles, we see the multi-faceted mission of Paul and Co. He was stoned and thrown off, supposed to be dead. But he rose and continued his mission as if nothing happened. He would preach, strengthen the souls of the disciples, encourage them to continue in the faith and motivate them to suffer as a condition to enter the Kingdom. He would animate the communities through elders, and with prayer and fasting, would commend all the work to the grace of God.

2.      Troubles always surrounded the apostles but they were never troubled. Fears and tensions always attacked them but they were never afraid or worried. They were thrown into violent and peaceless situations but they never lost their peace. They were abandoned and rejected but they never felt depressed about being abandoned.

3.      The sole reason for their perseverance was their total trust in their master. He said, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”. They confided in his words. He assured them, “I give to you my peace and not the peace of the world”. He distinguishes his peace from that of the world.

4. His peace is not the absence of troubles and fears. Rather, it is the strength, confidence, and courage even amidst adversities. His peace is not avoidance or evasion of afflictions and challenges. Rather it is confronting them valiantly and ardently in a spirit of surrender and loyalty.

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