Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection May 07, 2024


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R/. With your right hand you save me, O Lord.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. I will send the Helper of truth to you, says the Lord; he will guide you into all the truth.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “Now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

1.      The more the apostles were zealous and faithful, the more they had to suffer. They were attacked, torn of clothes, beaten with rods, thrown into prison, and had their feet fastened in the stocks. All these experiences were apparently signs of “distance” and “abandonment” of God.

2.      These experiences would make one sorrowful as Jesus says in the gospel that his going away would fill their hearts with sorrow. But nothing could discourage them. They never give up their trust, courage, fervour, and loyalty.

3.      They continue praying and praising God even in prison. They were totally confident in Jesus’ assurance that He would never leave them unaccompanied and unguided.

4.      They believed that the Holy Spirit would continue the spirit and mission of their Master. They believed in the “convicting” mission of the Holy Spirit. It is to lay bare the culpability of the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. The world is under sin because it does not believe. It fails in righteousness and is liable to judgment. All this is because the world is under the sway of Satan.

5.      The unfailing fidelity of the apostles is rewarded. They are miraculously released from their imprisonment. The prison doors were opened. But they did not run away. They converted and baptized the jailor and his household.

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