On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 18, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Because my Lord lives, I can face tomorrow! No truer words have been said or sung. For He died for my sins and conquered death; so that I may live. A life of holiness and fullness in Him. That I may freely choose to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospels.

Such is the good news I’ve received and I now share, so that others too might have new life in Him. And together we give testimony to our living God; of how His love and mercy has filled our lives and transformed us. How we now live in peace and joy in Him.

Lord Jesus I want to die each day to myself, so that I may rise to new life in You. Help me to overcome all that prevents me from doing so. In Your most precious name I pray. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 15:12–20

GOSPEL
Luke 8:1–3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 17, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Great and bountiful is the mercy of our Lord and God! There is no sin too great that He will not forgive and all we need do is to turn to Him with our repentant hearts. He knows the pain in our heart, the burning desire to be reconciled with Him. He sees the tears we shed, the sorrow we feel for offending Him. He understands that the fear we have as a result of our sin sometimes overwhelms and prevents us from drawing close to Him. So what does He do? He embraces us with His love and fills us with His peace.

How can we ever repay Him? Simply by giving freely as we have received freely. Forgiving and embracing those who have offended us. Sharing His peace and love with all we encounter and leading His flock back into the fold.

Lord I am truly not worthy to have You enter under my roof, but only say the word and I know, I shall truly be healed. That I may honour praise and glorify You all the days of my life. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 15:1–11

GOSPEL
Luke 7:36–50

A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days’ wages and the other owed fifty. Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?” Simon said in reply, “The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven.” He said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The others at table said to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 16, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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I say that I am a child of God and a disciple of Jesus my Lord. And I strive to build His Kingdom. However all my knowledge, words and actions will have little or no impact if I have not the love of God in my heart. All my good intentions will amount to little or nothing. It is in the union with my Lord and God that I can can truly love. And all else will follow, my words and deeds.

There is no such thing as a part time disciple or a lukewarm faith! For the world all its lures will overwhelm and conquer. And the worst kind of ‘disciple’ is an indifferent one. A heart which will not be moved; a heart of stone.

Lord Jesus with the love of You in my heart, let me praise and glorify my God in all that I say and do. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13

GOSPEL
Luke 7:31–35

Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

A Letter From St Cyprain…

Posted: September 16, 2014 by CatholicJules in Memory Book, Questions & Answers

From a letter from St Cyprain to Cornelius….

Divine providence has now prepared us. God’s merciful design has warned us that the day of our own struggle, our own contest, is at hand. By that shared love which binds us close together, we are doing all we can to exhort our congregation, to give ourselves unceasingly to fastings, vigils and prayers in common. These are the heavenly weapons which give us the strength to stand firm and endure; they are the spiritual defenses, the God-given armaments that protect us.

Let us then remember one another, united in mind and heart. Let us pray without ceasing, you for us, we for you; by the love we share we shall thus relieve the strain of these great trials.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 15, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Can we build the Kingdom of God individually? Even a one man band is limited by the number of instruments and the music arrangements he can play. The philharmonic Orchestra is only as good as every member working together and playing their instruments beautifully at just the right time led by their conductor. So too it is when we as one body, with all our gifts and talents work beautifully together with Christ our head in building the kingdom of God.

Our Lord provides for what we need and can manage but if we in His love strive for more then we will be given more indeed. By His grace we can bring peace where there is none. Comfort where there is pain, joy when there is sorrow. We can bring new life to those dead in sin. The Word will set them free!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 27–31a

GOSPEL
Luke 7:11–17

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.” This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 13, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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When we gather for the Eucharistic celebration are we there united in prayer and worship? Or are we there individually in private worship? Do we raise up our voices as one in the hymns, Psalms and responses? Do we do a disservice to our brethren by distracting them from the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist? Where is the communion if we pick and choose whom we offer the sign of peace? Where is the communion when we leave immediately after receiving our bridegroom, our Lord Jesus? Where is the communion when we leave before the final blessing and hymn is done?

The heart of our faith lies in knowing who Jesus is; in recognising Him as the Lord of Lords, King of kings. And in loving and humble worship honoring Him, the Holy Spirit and our heavenly Father by our lives in Him.

Lord Jesus it is You who make me worthy to stand before You. Help me in my desire to grow in faith, love and charity. Amen

First Reading
1 Cor 11:17-26, 33

Gospel
Lk 7:1-10

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave. They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, “He deserves to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

September 14th 2014 – Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Posted: September 13, 2014 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

The Promised Land

Readings:
Numbers 21:4b-9
Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38
Philippians 2:6-11
John 3:13-17

Today’s feast embodies a great mystery. Like the people of Israel in the first reading, we are called to a long journey to the Promised Land of heaven.  Like them we can lose patience and fall into sin, sin that can literally kill us (Numbers 21:4-5).  Like them, our only hope for salvation is to cling to God’s merciful provision.

Pope Benedict summed it up beautifully:

“The Gospel for this feast reminds us of the meaning of this great mystery: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that men might be saved (John 3:16). The Son of God became vulnerable, assuming the condition of a slave, obedient even to death, death on a cross (Phil 2:8).

By his Cross we are saved. The instrument of torture which, on Good Friday, manifested God’s judgment on the world, has become a source of life, pardon, mercy, a sign of reconciliation and peace. ‘In order to be healed from sin, gaze upon Christ crucified!’ said Saint Augustine.

By raising our eyes towards the Crucified one, we adore him who came to take upon himself the sin of the world and to give us eternal life. And the Church invites us proudly to lift up this glorious Cross so that the world can see the full extent of the love of the Crucified one for all, for us men. She invites us to give thanks to God because from a tree which brought death, life has burst out anew.

On this wood Jesus reveals to us his sovereign majesty, he reveals to us that he is exalted in glory. Yes, “Come, let us adore him!” In our midst is he who loved us even to giving his life for us, he who invites every human being to draw near to him with trust.”