May 28 Mass Readings (Jesus prays we are one as he and the Father are one)

**Thursday (5-28) **

Acts 22:30; 23:6-11:

Wishing to determine the truth about why Paul was being accused by the Jews, the commander freed him and ordered the chief priest and the whole Sanhedrin to convene. Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees, so he called out before the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees; I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.” When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the group became divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection or angels or spirits, while the Pharisees acknowledge all three. A great uproar occurred, and some scribes belonging to the Pharisee party stood up and sharply argued, “We find nothing wrong with this man. Suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” The dispute was so serious that the commander, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, ordered his troops to go down and rescue Paul from their midst and take him into the compound. The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage. For just as you have born witness to my cause in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness in Rome.”

St Jn 17:20-26:

Lifting up his eyes to Heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

*Jesus wants one body… one Church. He wants us to be one as He and the Father are one. Hmmm… there is no more Unity than THAT…

In a way, though, any person who believes in Christ and follows Him as best s/he can is part of the One true Church…

A true Christian only rejects Catholicism when s/he misunderstands it…

(… although many Catholics - so called - seem to reject true Catholicism also… [especially the teachings on the sanctity of human life])

Hopefully they don’t understand either…(???) Otherwise… “To whom more is given, more is required.” *

I talked to a pro-abortion Catholic. I tried to explain and I tried to understand.
I did not understand. She said, “Oh, the babies will be O.K., God will take care
of them”. She was most concerned with the welfare of death-row inmates.
I still can’t understand.:frowning:

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