Gospel for May 7, 2012, Monday

Posted at 05/07/12 2:27 AM

5th Week of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 14:5-18
A move was made by pagans and Jews, together with their
leaders, to harm the apostles and to stone them. But Paul and
Barnabas learned of this and fled to the Lycaonian towns of
Lystra and Derbe. … There was a crippled man in Lystra who
had never been able to stand or walk. One day, as he was listening
to the preaching, Paul looked intently at him and saw
that he had the faith to be saved. So he spoke to him in a loud
voice, “In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command you to
stand up on your feet!” And the man stood up and began to
walk around. When the people saw what Paul had done, they
cried out in the language of Lycaonia, “The gods have come to
us in human likeness!” They named Barnabas Zeus, and Paul
they called Hermes, since he was the chief speaker. … When
Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their garments to show
their indignation and rushed into the crowd, shouting, “Friends,
why are you doing this? We are human beings with the same
weakness you have and we are now telling you to turn away
from these useless things to the living God who made the
heavens, the earth, the sea and all that is in them. …

Gospel: John 14:21-26
Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever keeps my commandments is the one who loves me. If he loves me, he will also be loved by my Father; I too shall love him and show myself clearly to him.”
Judas—not the Iscariot—asked Jesus, “Lord, how can it be that you will show yourself clearly to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him; and we will come to him and make a room in his home. But if anyone does not love me, he will not keep my words, and these words that you hear are not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
“I told you all this while I was still with you. From now on the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have told you.”

Memory is a mysterious part of our being. We see or hear or smell something that takes us right back to our childhood, and we remember something that had lain for many years in our memory. It is important to remember the right things! And imagine what you would become if you remembered all the things you should forget! Two people can grow together in one home and one of them remembers goodness while the other recalls only misery. In some measure you are what you remember. The Holy Spirit is God’s Reminder. This Spirit can heal your memories, working deeply in your past, rearranging, freeing, healing everything there. It is the continuation of Christ’s work in us.

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