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Let us pray…

Posted: February 28, 2013 by CatholicJules in Prayers

Let us pray….

Thank You Father, for blessing my life! I am so grateful for Your constant love and support. Although I may not always remember to thank You, I am so grateful that You have filled my life with so much love. In times when things don’t go as planned, help me to remember Your plan – and to trust in Your goodness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 28, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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“But not all poverty is holy, or all riches criminal, but as luxury disgraces riches, so does holiness commend poverty. “ St Ambrose

Jesus invites us time and time again to live out just and holy lives, are we listening? When a parent chides a child for playing with fire is is not out of love? Today we see a harsh reality if we continue Not to listen…

Do we make blind to our brothers and sisters in need? Do we bask in luxury while the poor at our doorstep suffer? Do we let animals tend to the wounds of the sick and impoverished? Do we do what we can to preserve human dignity? Or do we mock the needy? Laugh at the destitute? Do we talk the talk but refuse to walk the walk? Are we merciful and compassionate as we ought to be?

When heaviness of sickness befalls us or hunger for that matter, do we joyfully accept them like Lazarus? Resting in the knowledge and our hope In Christ who will not abandon us.

The gospel of Christ is both to reconcile us to poverty and affliction and to arm us against temptations to worldliness and sensuality. It is the living Word of God that speaks to us today and everyday, let us open our hearts to listen. Let us not therefore desire visions and apparitions, nor seek to the dead, but to the law and to the testimony (Isa. 8:19, 20), for that is the sure word of prophecy, upon which we may depend.

May the love and peace of our Lord be with you all. Amen

GOSPEL Luke 16:19–31

Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’ He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’“

On Today’s Gospel..

Posted: February 27, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Jesus shares the mystery of our salvation with us His disciples, can we see the treasure within? Are we truly willing to participate? To partake thereof? Can we comprehend the love through the suffering and sacrifice?

Mothers and fathers play very important roles in their children’s lives and praying for them is highly important. Are we saying the right prayers? Are we praying for their souls? Are we praying for their spiritual well being?

We have seen and have been led by some great leaders in our lifetime, what was it that made them great in our eyes and in our hearts? Was it their commanding appearance? Was it simply the position they held? By far who was the greatest leader of them all? How did they lead by example?

Jesus was and is truly the greatest leader we will ever encounter is He not? He came to minister to us, heal us, love us and save us.  He taught us and showed us the way by His actions. He died for us so that we may live, are we prepared to die for Him? At least by dying to our sins? By our worldly attachments? To live out our baptism in Him? To serve the least of our brothers and sisters in love, charity and humility?

Let us pray….

O God, your love for the world transforms darkness into light, hatred into love, persecution into peace through the gift of your only Son. Make us true disciples in every circumstance of daily life, through Christ our Lord, our Truth, Our Light And Our Way. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 20:17–28

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.” Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” He replied, “My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 25, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Does the seat of Authority make the man? woman? Are the learned automatically great leaders? Are the physically strong for that matter?

If we preach humility are we humble ourselves? If we preach love, are we loving? If we preach compassion, are we compassionate? If we preach repentance, are we repentant? Do we practise what we preach?

Does an impatient priest lose his consecrated hands? No… Is he not part of the Church he serves? A congregation of sinners striving to lead a righteous life? Are we quick to judge our priests? Clergy? Lay apostolate?

Do we who are called to serve, seek vainglory? Are we true disciples of Christ? How has our Master led the way? Did He not wash the feet of His disciples? Did He come to be served? Or to serve?

Let us pray….

O Christ, you washed the feet of your disciples, though You are both Lord and Master. Strip us of the garments of pride and free us to do for one another the tasks of love, as You have done them for us. In Your name we pray, Lord Jesus Christ, who live and reign, one God with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 23:1–12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 25, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Do we start our day cursing under our breath? Do we scream at our children to pick up after themselves? or to behave? Do we raise our voices at our spouses for things they have done or did not do? Are we impatient with our aged parents or grand parents? Do we see only the faults in our bosses, colleagues, teachers, lecturers, priests? Do we spend the day with a grimace on our faces?

How many of us have been so blessed in our lives that we found ourselves saying,” Our cup runneth over!” Have we forgotten those times, God our Father had provided for and provided for us in abundance? Perhaps some of those times was because of our faithfulness and our obedience to His will for us; But what about the repercussions for our judgemental ways and actions towards others? Do we think that there will not be any? When we sometimes play judge, jury and executioner? Do we judge others because we think ourselves wiser, more righteous than God our Father?

Let us repeat this prayerful mantra till we embrace it into our very being….

“I will be loving, merciful, and compassionate as my heavenly Father is loving, merciful and compassionate!” Through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

GOSPEL Luke 6:36–38

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”


You planned a thanksgiving party in honour of your father. Invited all your family members and friends to come on a Sunday morning. Prepared a feast, songs to be sung in honour of your father and messages of love to be shared with all.

Sunday came and not everyone showed up or bothered to call to inform you that they couldn’t come. Some came in singlet, skimpy shorts and slippers. Some refused to participate in the celebration, others refused to sing with crossed arms. While the messages of love was shared, some started talking amongst themselves, while others decided it was time to catch a snooze.

After the feast, before the last song could be sung or messages of thanks could be said, some started leaving. Few hurried on as they probably felt they had better and far more important things to do.

Jesus my Lord and Saviour have mercy on all of us who behave this way during the Eucharistic Celebration. Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit may we lead one another into greater faith and greater reverence for the Sacraments. Amen

February 24th 2013 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted: February 23, 2013 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

Readings:
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27:1,7-9, 13-14
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 9:28-36


 

In today’s Gospel, we go up to the mountain with Peter, John and James. There we see Jesus “transfigured,” speaking with Moses and Elijah about His “exodus.”

The Greek word “exodus” means “departure.” But the word is chosen deliberately here to stir our remembrance of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt.

By His death and resurrection, Jesus will lead a new Exodus – liberating not only Israel but every race and people; not from bondage to Pharaoh, but from slavery to sin and death. He will lead all mankind, not to the territory promised to Abraham in today’s First Reading, but to the heavenly commonwealth that Paul describes in today’s Epistle.

Moses, the giver of God’s law, and the great prophet Elijah, were the only Old Testament figures to hear the voice and see the glory of God atop a mountain (see Exodus 24:15-18; 1 Kings 19:8-18).

Today’s scene closely resembles God’s revelation to Moses, who also brought along three companions and whose face also shone brilliantly (see Exodus 24:1; 34:29). But when the divine cloud departs in today’s Gospel, Moses and Elijah are gone. Only Jesus remains. He has revealed the glory of the Trinity – the voice of the Father, the glorified Son, and the Spirit in the shining cloud.

Jesus fulfills all that Moses and the prophets had come to teach and show us about God (see Luke 24:27). He is the “chosen One” promised by Isaiah (see Isaiah 42:1; Luke 23:35), the “prophet like me” that Moses had promised (see Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:22-23; 7:37). Far and above that, He is the Son of God (see Psalm 2:7; Luke 3:21-23).

“Listen to Him,“the Voice tells us from the cloud. If, like Abraham, we put our faith in His words, one day we too will be delivered into “the land of the living” that we sing of in today’s Psalm. We will share in His resurrection, as Paul promises, our lowly bodies glorified like His.