Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection May 04, 2024


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R/. Cry out with joy to the Lord all the earth..

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God

R/. Alleluia.

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

1.      One thing that is constantly notable in the life of Jesus and also his apostles is the series of failures along with the successes. Crowds sought and thronged Jesus. The number of faithful increased rapidly during the apostles’ mission. However, they were always opposed, obstructed, and persecuted. But they were undeterred in their mission.

2.      Jesus was divinely wise but he always gave priority to the Father’s will. The apostles too were familiar with the situations and were popular. But they always set aside their personal plans. Instead, they allowed themselves to be blocked or guided by the Holy Spirit in their missionary journeys. We see such instances of specific directions by the Holy Spirit in today’s first reading from the Acts.

3.      They were not disturbed or upset when they met with hatred. It was because their master already warned them, saying, “The world will hate you and it has hated already hated me before you”. Jesus also clarifies the reason why the world will hate them. It is because they are chosen out of the world and they are not of the world.

4.      Therefore, we should be mentally prepared to be persecuted. We must remember that it is the sign and test that we do not belong to the world and that we do not form part of the false ways of the world. We must feel great and happy that we share the same path as our master and continue his noble legacy.

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