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Catholic Reflections Daily: Today’s Mass readings Acts 6. 8-15; John 6. 22-29. Gospel Theme of the day is Don’t focus on perishable things!
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Readings of the Day
Acts 6. 8-15
8 Now Stephen, filled with grace and power, was working great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, 10 but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke. 11 Then they instigated some men to say, “We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 They stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes, accosted him, seized him, and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They presented false witnesses who testified, “This man never stops saying things against [this] holy place and the law. 14 For we have heard him claim that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.” 15 All those who sat in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
Response: Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
John 6. 22-29
22 The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left. 23 Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. 24 When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” 28 So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”
Powerful Catholic Reflections Daily
1. Fill yourself with the Spirit of the Lord and seek wisdom that speaks the truth no one can contest. Be filled with the power of the Spirit to withstand all resistance and persecution.
2. Cling to Jesus and seek food that is imperishable, conducing to eternal life. Nourishing and strengthening yourself with grace, with God’s word, and the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
3. Don’t resist the truth spoken with the wisdom of the Spirit. Don’t distort it or see it as blasphemy, anti-religion, anti-law, or revolting.
4. Don’t be like those who search for temporary satisfaction in the food that perishes. Seek the food that endures for eternal life.
5. Being open to know about yourselves what you’re doing and what’s wrong with it, so you can change for the better. Persevere and strive for higher and lasting things in your relationship with God.