Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection May 08, 2024


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R/. Heaven and earth are full of your glory

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you for ever.

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

1.      Many times we wonder why many have much knowledge, competence, affluence, and social standing but do not understand, feel and follow what is true and right. The reason is they are not open to God, the Spirit of truth.

2.      Many are worldly-wise but spiritually ignorant. Many are worldly powerful but spiritually powerless. Many are bright in worldly ways but spiritually confused and unclear. Many are clever concerning worldly interests but are misguided in the essential matters.

3.      This is what Paul observes about the people in Athens. They had an altar inscribed, “To the unknown God”. They were religious in the normal understanding because they worshipped gods in the temples and performed some religious activities. But they do not know the true God and do not follow him.

4.      Jesus too says to his disciples that he has many things to say to them but he will not. For they will not be able to understand and bear. But when the Spirit of Truth, in his name, comes from the Father, he will guide them into all the truth.

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