Gospel Thought for today Monday 18th May 2020

6th Week of Eastertide Gospel Thoughts 2020

My dear friends, I invite you to dig deep into the tool bag of your faith and use those tools and the depth of your personal relationship with Jesus, to ponder and allow your heart and mind to be opened to the spirit of the risen Jesus!

Reflect on what you read and hear, what Jesus is saying to you in the context of the Gospel message for each today!

May you discover anew the power of Jesus’ words in his the Year of the Word ‘The God Who Speaks’ and be that word that you read, so that through you, it becomes real for all those around you and be, a great source of hope and faith for your salvation!

Monday 18th

Gospel Reading – John 15:26-16:4

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.

They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.”

The Gospel of the Lord 

The Mass intentions is for McGovern and McCusker Families 


In today’s Gospel Jesus is preparing his disciples and us, for his return to his Father. But what’s interesting, is what Jesus did not say? He did not tell his disciples that they should fight back. Start a riot, form a revolution, ect. No, he told them the Holy Spirit will take care of all things; he will lead them and will enable them to testify to Jesus.

To testify to Jesus is to be His witness. And to be a witness to Jesus is to be a martyr. In saying this, Jesus was preparing his disciples for the difficult road ahead.  Because he knew they would have to face a heavy cross’ of persecution by the religious leaders. The key to over coming persecutions is the Holy Spirit.

  • Do you experience any form of persecution in your life?
  • When did you last encounter the Holy Spirit of God in your life?

 Fr John