On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 30, 2014 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

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God’s laws have been written in our hearts as such it is in and for love of us. And through the love of Christ our hearts swells with, beyond human boundaries. With that same love, so too will our knowledge, perception and depth grow. We see and recognise the good in others no matter how little and seek lovingly to bring about greater conversion and transformation through the knowledge and faith in Christ our Lord.

Let us continue to strive each day to grow deeper in love with our Lord. Remaining steadfast in His love, pure and blameless. Loving one another as He loves us. Amen

First reading
Philippians 1:1-11

Gospel
Luke 14:1-6

On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. ‘There in front of him was a man with dropsy, and Jesus addressed the lawyers and Pharisees. ‘Is it against the law’ he asked ‘to cure a man on the sabbath, or not?’ But they remained silent, so he took the man and cured him and sent him away. Then he said to them, ‘Which of you here, if his son falls into a well, or his ox, will not pull him out on a sabbath day without hesitation?’ And to this they could find no answer.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 29, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How can we not be afraid when we live in a wicked world? If it is better to be safe then sorry, why should I stir up trouble by speaking about my faith when it might get me killed or beaten if I were in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is it not better to speak only to a select small group who would listen? Why choose to be frowned upon or ostracised by a larger group who might not even listen?

It did not occur to me then as it does now, that the fear I had was the same one; from the Evil one which kept me bound and gagged. You Dear Lord saved and set me free. Free from sin and safe from all distress to love and serve You and my brethren. To boldly share the message of salvation with vigour, power, love and self control.

For we live not of this world but for the Kingdom of our heavenly Father to come. Amen

First reading
Ephesians 6:10-20

Gospel
Luke 13:31-35

Some Pharisees came up. ‘Go away’ they said. ‘Leave this place, because Herod means to kill you.’ He replied, ‘You may go and give that fox this message: Learn that today and tomorrow I cast out devils and on the third day attain my end. But for today and tomorrow and the next day I must go on, since it would not be right for a prophet to die outside Jerusalem.
‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often have I longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused! So be it! Your house will be left to you. Yes, I promise you, you shall not see me till the time comes when you say:
‘Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 29, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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In faith as in life we wear many hats, that is we take on many different roles. We are teammates, managers, supervisors, workers, parents, children, church leaders, lay people and so on. However in all our different roles do we exude one persona of a Christ centred disciple? Does the love of Christ shine through us and touch the lives of all those arround us especially those whom we serve? Or have we cast a shadow of doubt by our words or actions? Perhaps inadvertently even resentment?

O Lord my God, I seek to enter by the narrow door. Guide me in Your ways that I may humbly serve You and my brethren according to Your Will. Amen

First reading
Ephesians 6:1-9

Gospel
Luke 13:22-30

Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.
‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!”
Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 28, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How wonderful it is to belong to God’s family! But do we embrace the depths of this reality? That we on earth are ‘works in progress’ in becoming Saints. That we are in communion with our sisters and brothers who have become Saints. That they are fully alive in Christ In heaven praying for us, interceding for us. That we the faithful will one day be reunited in heaven.

O Heavenly Father You shower us with Your love daily. And we praise and thank You for the beauty that surrounds us. We look forward each day to meet up with You in prayer. Your Word comforts as Your grace rejuvenates us. How wonderful it is to seek Your counsel. We worship and love You. Amen

St Simon and St Jude pray for us.

(Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles – Feast)

First reading
Ephesians 2:19-22

Gospel
Luke 6:12-16

Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them ‘apostles’: Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 26, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Why is it so difficult to remain in the light Lord? Why do I partake in banter which is against the spirit? Why does my loins tingle at the thought of unbridled passion? What must I do to subdue the want of fortune and fame? How do I remain pure and not fall back into the darkness You had carried me out of?

Everything else in my life is fleeting Lord! The only thing that was ever constant is Your peace and love upon me. And so my sweet saviour, I choose to love You more than anything or anyone else in my life. I choose to give You the truth of my heart. And as I battle with the temptations that come my way and the struggles that I must face. I know I have You on my side to liberate me from all that seek to hold me back and to destroy me.

Lord help me remain steadfast in Your love. Amen

First reading
Ephesians 4:32-5:8

Gospel
Luke 13:10-17

One sabbath day Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who for eighteen years had been possessed by a spirit that left her enfeebled; she was bent double and quite unable to stand upright. When Jesus saw her he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are rid of your infirmity’ and he laid his hands on her. And at once she straightened up, and she glorified God.
But the synagogue official was indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, and he addressed the people present. ‘There are six days’ he said ‘when work is to be done. Come and be healed on one of those days and not on the sabbath.’ But the Lord answered him. ‘Hypocrites!’ he said ‘Is there one of you who does not untie his ox or his donkey from the manger on the sabbath and take it out for watering? And this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan has held bound these eighteen years – was it not right to untie her bonds on the sabbath day?’ When he said this, all his adversaries were covered with confusion, and all the people were overjoyed at all the wonders he worked.


Sundays Reflection With Dr Scott Hahn

Love Commanded

Readings:
Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40

Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17)

And in today’s Gospel, He reveals that love – of God and of neighbor – is the fulfillment of the whole of the law (see Romans 13:8-10).

Devout Israelites were to keep all 613 commands found in the Bible’s first five books. Jesus says today that all these, and all the teachings of the prophets, can be summarized by two verses of this law (see Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18).

He seems to summarize the two stone tablets on which God was said to have engraved the ten commandments (see Exodus 32:15-16). The first tablet set out three laws concerning the love of God – such as the command not to take His name in vain; the second contained seven commands regarding love of neighbor, such as those against stealing and adultery.

Love is the hinge that binds the two tablets of the law. For we can’t love God, whom we can’t see, if we don’t love our neighbor, whom we can (see 1 John 4:20-22).

But this love we are called to is far more than simple affection or warm sentiment. We must give ourselves totally to God – loving with our whole beings, with all our heart, soul and mind. Our love for our neighbor must express itself in concrete actions, such as those set out in today’s First Reading.

We love because He first loved us (see 1 John 4:19). As we sing in today’s Psalm, He has been our deliverer, our strength when we could not possibly defend ourselves against the enemies of sin and death.

We love in thanksgiving for our salvation. And in this become imitators of Jesus, as Paul tells us in today’s Epistle – laying down our lives daily in ways large and small, seen and unseen; our lives offered as a continual sacrifice of praise (see John 15:12-13; Hebrews 13:15).

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 24, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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It is far easier to point out the sins of others, to judge and condemn them. But have we first examined our own lives first? Are we ourselves sinful? Or have we rationalised and then justified all that we had done wrong? Unless we come clean and are truly sorry for our sins, we will never grow in faith, love and charity. We will never grow in our relationship with our heavenly Father. We deprive ourselves of our heavenly inheritance.

Sweet Jesus help me overcome my prideful ways. I come before You with a repentant heart, have mercy on me Lord. Let me excel in the vocation our heavenly Father has chosen for me. So that in union with my brethren, we as one body humbly work together to build His Kingdom now and forever. Amen

First reading
Ephesians 4:7-16

Gospel
Luke 13:1-9

Some people arrived and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’
He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.”’