Archive for May 27, 2013

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.”