Sunday's Mass readings (Judas replaced / Love one another / God is love / the world hates us)

Su (5-24)

Acts 1:15-17, 20-26:

Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers - there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place. He said, “My brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke before through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide of those who arrested Jesus. He was numbered among us and was allotted a share in this ministry. For it is written in the book of Psalms: may another take his office. Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection.” So they proposed two, Judas called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.” Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.

Ps 103:

The Lord has set his throne in Heaven…

St Jn (1 Jn 4:11-16):

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. ***God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. ***

St. Jn 17:11-19:

Lifting up his eyes to Heaven, Jesus prayed, saying: “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. [There used to be only one Church…] When I was with them, I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely. I gave them your word, and the world hated them because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.”

*Again the Word includes His unwritten Word as well as the written (the official teachings of His Church, Real Presence, etc.]

We are to love one another as God love us… Hmmm… don’t know many people who do that… if any… including yours truly…

Actually, i don’t have to try to love people… It’s LIKING them that is the problem :smiley:

fortunately God never said we had to like anyone…

or we’d all end up in Hell… :eek:*

Who is more important, the Pope or an apostle?
And what would we think today if they decided to choose a new Pope by casting lots?

In today’s psalm, how far is the east from the west? Where does one stop and the
other begin?

“God is love, and whoever remains in love
remains in God and God in him.”
I got a free booklet yesterday from an “enlightened” person from the Himalayas
who says that love is the only religion.
Jesus seems to agree. But the one who wrote that booklet says we are to love by
becoming vegitarian, yet Jesus says we do it by laying down our life…

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