Weekly Reading, Sunday, April 21, 2013

Reading 1 Acts 13:14, 43-52

Paul and Barnabas continued on from Perga
and reached Antioch in Pisidia.
On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats.
Many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaism
followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them
and urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God.On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered
to hear the word of the Lord.
When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy
and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said.
Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,
“It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,
but since you reject it
and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,
we now turn to the Gentiles.
For so the Lord has commanded us,
I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
that you may be an instrument of salvation
to the ends of the earth.”
The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this
and glorified the word of the Lord.
All who were destined for eternal life came to believe,
and the word of the Lord continued to spread
through the whole region.
The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers
and the leading men of the city,
stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas,
and expelled them from their territory.
So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them,
and went to Iconium.
The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
(The same thing goes on, today.  Various non-Catholic groups endlessly attack The Roman Catholic Church.  They, like the Jews in the Reading are jealous of Her favored position with God, Her great age and consistency, and because Jesus specifically appointed one man, Peter, to be The Church’s first Pope, developing the Liturgy that provides for The Body and Blood to be available to believers.  Jealousy, from the beginning, has driven enemies of God and His Church.)

Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5

R. (3c) We are his people, the sheep of his flock.Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before Him with joyful song.
R. We are his people, the sheep of his flock.Know that the LORD is God;
He made us, His we are;
His people, the flock He tends.
R. We are his people, the sheep of his flock.The LORD is good:
His kindness endures forever,
and His faithfulness, to all generations.
R. We are his people, the sheep of his flock.


Reading 2 Rev 7:9, 14b-17

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

Then one of the elders said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

“For this reason they stand before God’s throne
and worship him day and night in his temple.
The one who sits on the throne will shelter them.
They will not hunger or thirst anymore,
nor will the sun or any heat strike them.
For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne
will shepherd them
and lead them to springs of life-giving water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

(John makes it clear that all may be saved, from every race, 
and will be cared for by God.  In every people, those who believe may be saved.)

Gospel Jn 10:27-30

Jesus said:
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”
(Jesus is telling us that His sheep hear Him, and obey Him.  In return, they are given eternal life.   He lets us know that He is stronger than any destructive force, and that He, and The Loving Programmer, are One.  Catholic Fundamentalism believes that many can relate better to The Trinity by visualizing The Father as The Loving Programmer.  The Son, Jesus, may be considered as The Creation Program in its entirety.  The Program took human form and came among us in perfect, obedient human form to be painfully erased and restored so that those human programs who chose to be saved could have their own programs restored, a process described in the Iron Age as “being born again”.  The Holy Spirit is visualized as The Holy Wireless Connector, joining Programmer, Program, and programmed entities.)