Archive for January, 2011

(Meditation) God Present In The Mustard Seed

Posted: January 29, 2011 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

  It is often said that God is in everything by his essence, presence, and power.  To understand this, we must grasp that someone is said to be in everything which is subject to him by his power, just as the king is said to be in the whole kingdom which is subject to him, without really being there in his presence and essence.  Through his presence, someone is said to be in all realities that are under his gaze, as the king is said to be through his presence in his palace.  But someone is said to be in realities through his essence, which is his substance, as the king is [in his own individuality] in a single, determined place.

  We say that God is everywhere in the world by his power, because everything is subject to him – “If I ascend to the heavens, you are there…if I take the wings of the dawn and dwell in the utmost ends of the sea, there too your hand guide me and your right hand shall hold me fast (Ps 139:8). God is also everywhere by his presence, for “everything in the world is naked and open to his sight” (Heb 4:13).  Finally, God is everywhere by his essence, for its essence is what it most intimate in every reality…Now God created and preserves all things according to the act of being in each reality.  And since the act of being is what is most intimate in each reality, it is manifest that God is in all realities by his essence, through which he creates them.

Saint Thomas Acquinas


January 30, 2011 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: January 29, 2011 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

The Blessed Path

Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
Psalm 146:6-10
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Matthew 5:1-12

In the readings since Christmas, Jesus has been revealed as the new royal son of David and Son of God. He is sent to lead a new exodus that brings Israel out of captivity to the nations and brings all the nations to God.

As Moses led Israel from Egypt through the sea to give them God’s law on Mount Sinai, Jesus too has passed through the waters in baptism. Now, in today’s Gospel, He goes to the mountain to proclaim a new law – the law of His Kingdom.

The Beatitudes mark the fulfillment of God’s covenant promise to Abraham – that through his descendants all the nations of the world would receive God’s blessings (see Genesis 12:3; 22:18).

Jesus is the son of Abraham (see Matthew 1:1). And through the wisdom He speaks today, He bestows the Father’s blessings upon “the poor in spirit.”

God has chosen to bless the weak and lowly, those foolish and despised in the eyes of the world, Paul says in today’s Epistle. The poor in spirit are those who know that nothing they do can merit God’s mercy and grace. These are the humble remnant in today’s First Reading – taught to seek refuge in the name of the Lord.

The Beatitudes reveal the divine path and purpose for our lives. All our striving should be for these virtues – to be poor in spirit; meek and clean of heart; merciful and makers of peace; seekers of the righteousness that comes from living by the law of Kingdom.

The path the Lord sets before us today is one of trials and persecution. But He promises comfort in our mourning and a great reward.

The Kingdom we have inherited is no earthly territory, but the promised land of heaven. It is Zion where the Lord reigns forever. And, as we sing in today’s Psalm, its blessings are for those whose hope is in the Lord.


Emmanuel Praise & Worship Session

Posted: January 25, 2011 by CatholicJules in Upcoming Events

Emmanuel PW Ministry invites you and your family to a Praise & Worship Session, followed by a talk entitled “Here I Am Lord” by Gerard Francisco from Singapore Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal (SACCRE).

Church of St Anthony
25 Woodlands Avenue 1
Singapore 739064

Date : 26 Jan 2011
Time : 8pm in St Thomas Aquinas Room

January 23, 2011 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: January 22, 2011 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

History Redeemed

Isaiah 8:23-9:3
Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17
Matthew 4:12-23


Today’s Liturgy gives us a lesson in ancient Israelite geography and history.

Isaiah’s prophecy in today’s First Reading is quoted by Matthew in today’s Gospel. Both intend to recall the apparent fall of the everlasting kingdom promised to David (see 2 Samuel 7:12-13; Psalm 89; Psalm 132:11-12).

Eight centuries before Christ, that part of the kingdom where the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali lived was attacked by the Assyrians and the tribes were hauled off into captivity (see 2 Kings 15:29; 1 Chronicles 5:26).

It marked the beginning of the kingdom’s end. It finally crumbled in the sixth century B.C., when Jerusalem was seized by Babylon and the remaining tribes were driven into exile (see 2 Kings 24:14).

Isaiah prophesied that Zebulun and Naphtali, the lands first to be degraded, would be the first to see the light of God’s salvation. Jesus today fulfills that prophecy – announcing the restoration of David’s kingdom at precisely the spot where the kingdom began to fall.

His gospel of the Kingdom includes not only the twelve tribes of Israel but all the nations – symbolized by the “Galilee of the Nations.” Calling His first disciples, two fishermen on the Sea of Galilee, He appoints them to be “fishers of men” – gathering people from the ends of the earth.

They are to preach the gospel, Paul says in today’s Epistle, to unite all peoples in the same mind and in the same purpose – in a worldwide kingdom of God.

By their preaching, Isaiah’s promise has been delivered. A world in darkness has seen the light. The yoke of slavery and sin, borne by humanity since time began, has been smashed.

And we are able now, as we sing in today’s Psalm, to dwell in the house of the Lord, to worship Him in the land of the living.


The Truth About Mary Through Scripture

Posted: January 21, 2011 by CatholicJules in Videos/Audio

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; 1St Edition edition (November 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586176064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586176068
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Product Description

    Foreword by George Weigel

    Never has a Pope, in a book-length interview, dealt so directly with such wide-ranging and controversial issues as Pope Benedict XVI does in Light of the World. Taken from a recent week-long series of interviews with veteran journalist Peter Seewald, this book tackles head-on some of the greatest issues facing the world of our time. Seewald poses such forthright questions to Pope Benedict as:

    What caused the clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church?
    Was there a “cover up”?
    Have you considered resigning?
    Does affirming the goodness of the human body mean a plea for “better sex”?
    Can there be a genuine dialogue with Islam?
    Should the Church rethink Catholic teaching on priestly celibacy, women priests, contraception, and same-sex relationships?
    Holy Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics?
    Is there a schism in the Catholic Church?
    Should there be a Third Vatican Council?
    Is there any hope for Christian unity?
    Is Christianity the only truth?
    Can the Pope really speak for Jesus Christ?
    How can the Pope claim to be “infallible”?
    Is there a “dictatorship of relativism” today?

    Twice before these two men held wide-ranging discussions, which became the best-selling books Salt of the Earth and God and the World. Then, Seewald’s discussion partner was Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Vatican’s chief doctrinal office. Now, Joseph Ratzinger is Pope Benedict XVI, the spiritual leader of the world’s over one billion Catholics. Though Seewald now interviews the Pope himself, the journalist “pulls no punches”, posing some of the thorniest questions any Pope has had to address. Believers and unbelievers will be fascinated to hear Benedict’s thoughtful, straightforward and thought-provoking replies. This is no stern preachment or ponderous theological tract, but a lively, fast-paced, challenging, even entertaining exchange.

    Personal Book Review

    Brilliant! Calling all Catholics….here is y0ur chance to own a piece of history! Never before has such a lengthly interview been conducted with any of our Popes and on such a wide range of topics!

    His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is truly an amazing, humble servant of God.  Gifted with a brilliant mind that is so far reaching in depth that some might have difficulty resurfacing when engaged in his line of thought.  His answers to most of the thought provoking questions on our Catholic faith as well as those on humanity are perennial while others will last decades to come.

    We are truly blessed to have him as our Holy Father immediately after the Great Pope John Paul II.

    January 16, 2011 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Posted: January 15, 2011 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections


    Perfect Offering

    Readings:Isaiah 49:3,5-6
    Psalm 40:2,4,7-101
    Corinthians 1:1-3
    John 1:29-34

    Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today’s First Reading.

    He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: “‘You are My servant,’ He said to Me.”

    Servant and Son, our Lord was sent to lead a new exodus – to raise up the exiled tribes of Israel, to gather and restore them to God. More than that, He was to be a light to the nations, that God’s salvation may reach to the ends of the earth (see Acts 13:46-47).

    Before the first exodus, a lamb was offered in sacrifice and its blood painted on the Israelites’ door posts. The blood of the lamb identified their homes and the Lord “passed over” these in executing judgment on the Egyptians (see Exodus 12:1-23,27).

    In the new exodus, Jesus is the “Lamb of God,” as John beholds Him in the Gospel today (see 1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19). Our Lord sings of this in today’s Psalm. He has come, He says, to offer His body to do the will of God (see Hebrews 10:3-13).

    The sacrifices, oblations, holocausts, and sin-offerings given after the first exodus had no power to take away sins (see Hebrews 10:4). They were meant not to save but to teach (see Galatians 3:24). In offering these sacrifices, the people were to learn self-sacrifice – that they were made for worship, to offer themselves freely to God and to delight in His will.

    Only Jesus could make that perfect offering of himself. And through His sacrifice, He has given us ears open to obedience, made it possible for us to hear the Father’s call to holiness, as Paul says in today’s Epistle.

    He has made us children of God, baptized in the blood of the Lamb (see Revelation 7:14). And we are to join our sacrifice to His, to offer our bodies – our lives – as living sacrifices in the spiritual worship of the Mass (see Romans 12:1).