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Catholic Reflections Daily: Today’s Mass readings ACTS 15. 1-6; JOHN 15. 1-8. Gospel Theme of the day is The Power of Unity: Embracing Differences in a Community of Faith

Catholic Daily Readings For Today

The Reading Texts is according to the USCCB Lectionary

First Reading

ACTS 15. 1-6

1 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” 2 Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and presbyters about this question. 3 They were sent on their journey by the church, and passed through Phoenicia and Samaria telling of the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. 4 When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, as well as by the apostles and the presbyters, and they reported what God had done with them. 5 But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.”

6 The apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter.

Responsorial Psalm

PSALM 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5

Response: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. or: Alleluia.


JOHN 15. 1-8

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2 He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. 3 You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. 4 Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. 8 By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.


Powerful Catholic Reflections Daily

The Power of Unity: Embracing Differences in a Community of Faith

Celebrating Unity in the Midst of Differences

In any community of faith, it is natural for disagreements and differences of opinion to arise. However, the true essence of belonging to the Lord lies in our ability to remain undivided despite these challenges. This article explores the remarkable spirit of unity demonstrated by the apostles, emphasizing the importance of dialogue, openness, and conciliation within a community of believers.

The Spirit of Dialogue and Deliberation

The apostles exemplified a remarkable spirit of dialogue and deliberation. Rather than imposing their own views, they created space for diverse opinions and readily engaged in fruitful conversations with others. Their willingness to listen and understand fostered a culture of respect and unity among believers.

The Case of Circumcision: A Testimony to Oneness

One vivid example of the apostles’ commitment to unity can be found in their handling of the circumcision issue within the early church. Instead of making hasty decisions, Paul and Barnabas chose to consult with the apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem. This collaborative approach showcased their desire to reach a consensus, prioritizing the unity of the faith over personal preferences.

Essential Belonging and Fidelity to God’s Commandments

The apostles’ ability to embrace differences and foster unity stemmed from their deep sense of belonging to the Lord. Their unwavering loyalty to God’s commandments and the abundant fruits borne through their faith allowed them to approach disagreements with an open heart. This genuine relationship with the Lord formed the foundation for their true discipleship, ultimately glorifying the Father.

The Vine and the Branches: Embracing Essential Relationship

In recognizing that the Lord is the Vine and believers are the branches, the apostles embraced the significance of their essential relationship with Christ. They understood that true life, growth, and fruitfulness could only be experienced by clinging to the Lord. By emphasizing the importance of this intimate connection, the apostles taught us the path to becoming genuine disciples and reflecting God’s glory.

Embracing Unity as a Test of Love and Discipleship

When our sense of belonging to the Lord runs deep, and when we surrender our lives in complete loyalty, our existence becomes a testament to love and discipleship.

Unity within a community of faith is not achieved by suppressing differences, but by celebrating them and embracing the spirit of dialogue and conciliation. Let us remember the apostles’ example and strive to make our lives a true reflection of the oneness we share in the Lord.