Mass Readings For May 5, 2012

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Acts 13:44-52
Psalm 98:1-4
John 14:7-14

Acts 13: 44 – 52
44 The next sabbath almost the whole city gathered together to hear the word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted what was spoken by Paul, and reviled him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, `I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.'”

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of God; and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord spread throughout all the region. 50 But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, and stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and went to Ico’nium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 98: 1 – 4
1 O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.
2 The LORD has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

John 14: 7 – 14
7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; 14 if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.



  1. Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1: 15-20) who is Spirit (John 4:24), and who manifests Himself in the Spirit: “I and my Father are One” (John 10:30). In His Son, God made Himself similar to man to initiate a new creation in His Spirit: “The kingdom of God is… righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). The Son of God, the “firstborn of every creature”, who “was before all things”, who “created all things”, and “by whom all things consist” came to reconcile “all things to Himself” (Colossians 1:17-20). His sacrificial death is the source of all merit before God. In Jesus Christ we come to completion…

  2. Jesus many times prayed to his Father in heaven. He pleaded with his Father just before his death and prayed for his Father’s holy spirit to assist him in the choice of his apostles. Was he praying to himself? Hardly. Despite his highly exalted position, Jesus told his apostles: “The Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) Some people say that was true only because Jesus was still on earth and that it is no longer true now that he has ascended to heaven. But that is not what the Bible says.
    After Jesus’ Ascension
    After Jesus ascended to heaven, his followers continued to teach that the Father is greater than the Son. More than 20 years later, Paul wrote about “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:6) Look carefully at those words. Paul is speaking of Jesus’ God. Consistently Paul makes this distinction not only between the Father and Jesus but between God and Jesus. He writes of God and Christ. Paul’s standard greeting in his letters was: “May you have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2) Paul also wrote, not that Christ is God, but that he “is the image of God,” thus perfectly representing him. (2 Corinthians 4:4) However, the translator of The Living Bible, believing that God is a Trinity, changed this passage to read, “Christ, who is God.” But since that is not what it really says, this footnote was added: “Literally, ‘who is the image of God.’”
    The Bible book of Revelation also distinguishes not only between Jesus and the Father but between Jesus and God. It opens, “A revelation by Jesus Christ, which God gave him.” (Revelation 1:1) More than 60 years after Jesus’ ascension, Revelation quotes the exalted heavenly Jesus as saying: “The one that conquers—I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God . . . I will write upon him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem which descends out of heaven from my God, and that new name of mine.”—Revelation 3:12.

    • JohnHM:

      You bring to point a standard Jehovah Witness protocol for trying to show an Arian heresy that existed in the early 300 AD. You use scripture without knowing in your heart, what is the authority behind the Scriptures containing valid books. Can you tell me why you quote Scripture and how you came to believe in the books of the bible?

      Before we quote scripture, we must establish the reason and logic for believing in the bible. May the Lord be with your spirit.

  3. JohnHM, what you have written is heretical. You said Jesus is not God and indicated you do not believe in the Holy Trinity. Please consider what Bigitte has quoted above: “I and my Father are One.” (John 10:30).