Bible Diary English

May 9, 2022

First Reading: Acts 11:1-18
Psalm:  Ps 42:2-3; 43:3-4
Athirst is my soul for the living God.      
  Jn 10:1-10 

Mon: Easter Weekday

Acts 11: 1-18/ Ps 42: 2-3; 43: 3-4/ Jn 10: 1-10

1st Reading: Acts 11:1-18
News came to the apostles and he brothers and sisters in Judea that even foreigners had received the word of God. So, when Peter went up to Jerusalem, these Jewish believers began to argue with him, “You went to the home of uncircumcised people and ate with them!”
So Peter began to give them the facts as they had happened, “I was at prayer in the city of Joppa when, in a trance, I saw a vision. Something like a large sheet came down from the sky and drew near to me, landing on the ground by its four corners. As I stared at it, I saw four-legged creatures of the earth, wild beasts and reptiles, and birds of the sky. Then I heard a voice saying to me: ‘Get up, Peter, kill and eat!’ I replied, ‘Certainly not, Lord! No common or unclean creature has ever entered my mouth.’ A second time the voice from the heavens spoke, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call unclean.’ This happened three times, and then it was all drawn up into the sky. At that moment, three men, who had been sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were staying. The Spirit instructed me to go with them without hesitation; so these six brothers came along with me and we entered into the man’s house. He told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house and telling him: ‘Send someone to Joppa and fetch Simon, also known as Peter. He will bring you a message by which you and all your household will be saved.’
I had begun to address them when suddenly the Holy Spirit came upon them, just as it had come upon us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If, then, God had given them the same gift that he had given us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to resist God?”
When they heard this they set their minds at rest and praised God saying, “Then God has granted life- giving repentance to the pagan nations as well.”

Responsorial Psalm; Ps 42:2-3; 43:3-4
Athirst is my soul for the living God.

Gospel: Jn 10:1-10
Truly, I say to you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. But the shepherd of the sheep enters by the gate. The keeper opens the gate to him and the sheep hear his voice; he calls each of his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but rather they will run away from him, because they don’t recognize a stranger’s voice.
Jesus used this comparison, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, I am the gate of the sheep. All who came were thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not hear them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved; he will go in and out freely and find food.
The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness.”






Primacy of the Spirit

The post-Pentecostal transformation of Peter should give us the greatest hope for the possibility of change in ourselves! From such an impulsive, self-centered man who dared to persuade Christ away from his way of the Cross (cf. Mt. 16:22), Peter has now become totally transparent to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He sets aside his own prejudices and hesitations and simply obeys God, with a disarming argument: “Who am I to resist God?” Later, in the Jerusalem Council, Peter, with other apostles and elders would write to the entire Church, mentioning: “It has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and us…” (Acts 15:28). They mention the Spirit first and themselves, second. It is the Spirit who comes first, we must be the following second. It must always be so in the Church—the universal Church all the way to the domestic church of our families as well.





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