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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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May 26th 2013 – The Most Holy Trinity

Posted: May 25, 2013 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn

Glorious Processions

Readings:
Proverbs 8:22-31
Psalms 8:4-9
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15

In today’s Liturgy we’re swept through time in glorious procession – from before earth and sky were set in place to the coming of the Spirit upon the new creation, the Church.

We begin in the heart of the Trinity, as we listen to the testimony of Wisdom in today’s First Reading. Eternally begotten, the first-born of God, He is poured forth from of old in the loving delight of the Father.

Through Him, the heavens were established, the foundations of the earth fixed. From before the beginning, He was with the Father as His “Craftsman,” the artisan by which all things were made. And He took special delight, He tells us, in the crowning glory of God’s handiwork – the human race, the “sons of men.”

In today’s Psalm, He comes down from heaven, is made a little lower than the angels, comes among us as “the Son of Man” (see Hebrews 2:6-10).

All things are put under His feet so that He can restore to humanity the glory for which we were made from the beginning, the glory lost by sin. He tasted death that we might be raised to life in the Trinity, that His name might be made glorious over all the earth.

Through the Son, we have gained grace and access in the Spirit to the Father, as Paul boasts in today’s Epistle (see Ephesians 2:18).

The Spirit, the Love of God, has been poured out into our hearts – a Spirit of adoption, making us children of the Father once more (see Romans 8:14-16).

This is the Spirit that Jesus promises in today’s Gospel.

His Spirit comes as divine gift and anointing (see 1 John 2:27), to guide us to all truth, to show us “the things that are coming,” the things that were meant to be from before all ages – that we will find peace and union in God, will share the life of the Trinity, dwell in God as He dwells in us (see John 14:23; 17:21).

On Today’s Gospel

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

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See how high spirited children are. They seem to see, touch, feel everything all at once. They speak Not only when spoken to, out of turn and often laugh untamed. Yet are they naughty? Knowingly? Decisively?

How pure is the heart of a young child compared to yours and mine? When almighty and powerful God came to us, why did He humble Himself to come as a child? A baby?

Do we turn away then, one of these? The helpless, the weak? The uninstructed?

Let us embrace children lovingly as we children of God want to be embraced by our loving Father. Let us come to Him with the heart of a child, to have His touch upon us, His grace, His blessings, His love. Amen

GOSPEL Mark 10:13–16

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced the children and blessed them, placing his hands on them.