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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 31, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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The mother of our Lord and saviour upon receiving such grace and news of the incarnation did not dwell on the great honour or the elated joy that was bestowed upon on her. Instead she made haste to go on an arduous journey to be of service to her dear aged cousin Elizabeth who was with child. And to share the good news of our Lord!

Our blessed mother brought grace and blessings upon Elizabeth by her visit because she brought with her Jesus! And when she was recognised for being blessed above all women she redirected all glory, all praise, all honour to God for His infinite goodness and love!

Who can be more perfect a christian then our blessed Mother? Always in the background, ever loving and compassionate is she.  Where she walks, where she speaks, where she acts,  the Holy Trinity is always before her. She brings the joy and peace of her son Jesus with her where ever she goes.

Oh dearest blessed mother my mother, ever full of grace, obtain for us the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we may be wise with your wisdom, understand with your understanding, know with your knowledge, prudent with your prudence, patient with your patience, courageous with your fortitude and desire always to love and serve your Son Jesus Christ. Amen

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VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

GOSPEL
Luke 1:39–56

39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, 52 he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 30, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Whom do we identify ourselves with more closely? The blind man? The crowd? Or are we Jesus for others?

Have we been blind to our faith all these years? By circumstance? Or by choice? Did we do anything to help ourselves? To grow? To learn? Or did we simply wallow in darkness?

With what little faith we have, do we cry out to Jesus for help? With all our heart? Regardless of what others might say? The crowd who would rather we be silent? Who tell us that it is the norm to be blind to our faith? To continue to be one with them?

Or do we strip ourselves of all insecurity, of all that holds us back and go to Jesus. To ask Him to open our eyes and our hearts to the love of God. To grow in a deeper relationship with Him, so as to honor and serve Him all our lives.

Are we Jesus for others? Do we take the time amidst our busy schedules to stop and help those whose hearts cry out for help to know Him? Who hunger and thirst for the Word? Will we spend our precious time to help them on their journey?

Lord I believe, do thou increase my faith. Amen

GOSPEL Mark 10:46–52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 29, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Aren’t most quarrels whether among family members, friends, church, office or school mates a result of one forcing their will over another?

Of wanting to be right, to be better, stronger, smarter? In essence to be one up? To be on top and to be recognised as such? So much so that often one may lose sight of what is truly important or what truly matters?

In today’s Gospel we are reminded that the way of our loving Saviour is not of this world. His way is true love, through love, in love and with love. A love in service, of service, through service which does not view sacrifice in itself.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Amen

GOSPEL Mark 10:32–45

The disciples were on the way, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus went ahead of them. They were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them what was going to happen to him. “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 who will mock him, spit upon him, scourge him, and put him to death, but after three days he will rise.” Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” He replied, ‘What do you wish me to do for you?” They answered him, “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” They said to him, ‘We can.” Jesus said to them, “The chalice that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. Jesus summoned them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For 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: May 28, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Are we to abandon our family who need us, to follow Jesus? NO we follow Him by abandoning our worldly views and values.  Jesus is the source of all that is good and we serve Him by bringing all to faith in Him. Instead of allowing our family and friends to influence us with ways of the world, we are to become shepherds for them and lead them on the path of truth and righteousness towards holiness.

Will it be easy and smooth sailing? No, in fact is it not more difficult to lead our own family members who have lapsed in their faith? In spite of the difficulties we encounter along the way in bringing others closer to God our Father, we are assured that Jesus is with us every step of the way. Our reward will be a hundredfold, but need we worry about rewards? Is our reward not in serving our Lord and saviour in itself? When we put Jesus first in our lives, we are first in His.

Lord Jesus lead me always in Your ways so that I may bring our family home to You. Amen

GOSPEL Mark 10:28–31

Peter began to say to Jesus,‘We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come. But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”


I would rather preach the truth and gain only 3 likes then to preach a lie and lose a thousand souls. This is because of whom I serve…my saviour Jesus Christ

On Today’s Gospel

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

The Rich Young Man

Do we praise God with our lips and hands but do not glorify Him by the way we live our lives?

Jesus loves us so much, especially when we follow His commandments for we have His peace and love with us. That it moves us to say to Him what next dear Lord? How can we spend eternity with You?

It is true love that sets us free from the bondage of this world, money, status, greed, insatiable sexual appetites! Can we leave all these behind and truly follow Him? To experience God’s greater and deeper love and share this love with others? To know as certainty and with a deep seeded faith that God will provide for what we need?

Many have tried to use the ‘prosperity bible’ to explain away the truth of our Lord. Where are they now? What lives do they lead? If they knew they could save a thousand lives by selling off their expensive real estate? Their cars and expensive lifestyles? Can they do so without batting an eyelid? If they say Yes, why have they not done so? How can they preach love your neighbour when they will not help?  Or if they do barely enough of the needy or the desolate from their own pockets?

Here are some truths to reflect on……When is enough truly enough when you have it and can use it to make more? To do more? To gain more? Can one truly feel for the hungry if one has never experienced hunger? Hunger with no hope of obtaining a morsel needed to curb it? Thirst for water where there is none? Who that have once experienced true hunger and thirst, would not gladly give what they can without a second thought, to anyone who is suffering the same fate now?

Loving Father, we know that it is not Your intent for your children to suffer in misery and hardship. Help us to grow in love and faith so that even as we suffer now, we know it is for a greater good and that Your love for us will always prevail. Teach, guide and give us the courage and strength to follow Your Son Jesus always. We ask this in your Son’s precious name. Amen

GOSPEL Mark 10:17–27

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not kill;you shall not commit adultery;you shall not steal;you shall not bear false witness;you shall not defraud;honor your father and your mother.”He replied and said to him, “Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”

Reflections

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

To walk in the light unto the narrow path is a daily struggle. It is far easier to choose the wider path and stumble into darkness. Darkness envelopes and extinguishes hope. But if the dim candle of faith still flickers on,  I am able to grope my way out into the light. Thank you dear Jesus for the gift of reconciliation. Amen

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