Catholic Daily Mass Readings: 16 May 2020 – We Are Not Of The World
Saturday May 16, 2020
Weekday of Easter (5)
Today’s Rosary: Joyful Mystery
B. V. M On Saturday.
ILORIN: Tomorrow is the 28th Anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Most Revd Ayo-Maria Atoyebi, O.P., 17th May, 1992.
Entrance Antiphon Col 2: 12
You have been buried with Christ in baptism, through which you also rose again by faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead, alleluia.
Almighty eternal God, who through the regenerating power of Baptism have been pleased to confer on us heavenly life, grant, we pray, that those you render capable of immortality by justifying them, may by your guidance attain the fullness of glory. Through our Lord…
“Come over to Macedonia.and help us.
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 16: 1-10)
In those days: Paul came to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer; but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brethren at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews that were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions which had been reached by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily. And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 100: 1-2.3.5 (R. 1 )
R/. Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy. R.
Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us; we belong to him.
We are his people, the sheep of his flock. R.
R/. Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age. R.
ALLELUIA Colossians 3 : 1
Alleluia. If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Alleluia.
“You are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 15:18-21)
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master. ’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
We do not belongs to the world. We are citizens of heaven. We belongs to God and we listen to him. Anyone who listens to God takes right decisions. What one requires in order to be at the right place is to take the right decision. Right decision makes one grow in all kinds of goodness. Right decision makes the church grow in the faith and in numbers (Acts 16:4-5). Right decisions are products of openness to the directions of the Holy Spirit. Deliberate on issues, talk with someone, pray, listen to the inner promptings of the spirit, and you will receive right direction.
Personal Devotional: Day 16, May Devotion
Giving and receiving are two different sides of the same coin, but the Scripture made it explicitly clear that it is more blessed to give than to receive. You will never regret it when you are generous with what you possess.
Anyone who seriously wish to follow the way of the Lord must be ready to give time, talent and treasure for the sake of God and for the good of others. Our lives must be spent for the good of others, just like our Lord Jesus Christ and our Mother Mary spent their lives for us their children and we must learn from them and do the same. The more you refuse to spend yourself for the good of others, the more it is counted for you as selfishness and stinginess and you become poor in the eyes of the Lord. Give always and do not count the cost and your blessings will be secured in the presence of the Lord.
Meditation: Acts 20:28-38
Heavenly Father, help me to be generous with my life and gifts for your honour. Never let me refuse to spend my life for the good of others, for that is the only way that I will gain my life. Amen. And May the Almighty God bless you: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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