Gospel of John 12:44-50 Reflection:
The first readings up to Pentecost are a celebration of the birth of the church and the risen Lord in the gospels; today is no exception.
In the first reading Paul and Barnabas are set apart for missionary work. But notice that the people of the community "laid their hands on them." In other words, the people prayed for them. We are all called to pray for those people who are asked to be priests and ministers.
They may be called to something different from the rest of us but they are called from out of our communities. Thus we should support and help them in every way we can.
In the gospel there is one phrase that is worth a lot of meditation: "I, the light, have come into the world."
Jesus is leaving us in no doubt as to where the light is. We do not have to look for it. He has told us where it is and we have only to follow that light.
In all of human history Jesus stands like a beacon, shining by his example and by his life and death. He calls out to everyone and we have to decide whether or not to listen.
But we can't say that we didn't hear him! What is the light telling me today?
The answer is always simple but it is sometimes very difficult to carry out; I am to love my neighbour in whatever way is apt for this day.
Simple but not always easy.