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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 18, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Narrow_Path

We know that God knows our heart and our intentions yet are there times we lose sight? Lose our way and forget? Do we seek approval, recognition even praise from our fellowmen instead of God? Are instant rewards and gratification more important to us then our eternal reward?

Then also do we not see that we cannot hide what is in our hearts or our intentions from all our fellowmen? Some if not most will be able to see through our hypocrisy if we have chosen to walk the wider road. Then what happens? Do we lead them away from God by our actions? Do they turn away both from us and God?

All we will ever need in life is God! And to walk with and towards Him on the narrow path is to strip ourselves bare before Him. Otherwise heavy laden with ourselves and the cares of the world we easily fall off the narrow path to our loving God. Rooted in private, personal prayer, faith and love we will journey on in service of Our Lord, our God who awaits us at the end of the road home. Amen.

GOSPEL Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18

Jesus said to his disciples:“Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

Prayer For Those Suffering From Haze

Posted: June 18, 2013 by CatholicJules in Prayers

Dear Lord our God, you are our refuge in good and in bad times. In your infinite mercy, bring peace and comfort to all those of us who face these hazy days often filled with breathlessness, pain and depression. Help us to realize that through you there is joy and the promise of lasting peace. Help us through the rough times. Walk before and beside us so that we may walk in your footsteps and reach out to you in our journey on this earth. Help us to focus on our blessings rather than our misfortunes, dear Lord and guide all those in power that they may work swiftly together in finding a solution to this ongoing problem. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 18, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

love your enemies

Is it not easier to hate? To despise? To be enraged with? To lash out!? To be bitter? Why do such feelings, emotions, actions come so readily and easily? Why do we choose these over love? If all things good come from God then where does the source of evil come? Is it not a separation from all that is Good? Is it not a separation from God? The absence of God?

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (Jn 3:17) Hence does this not mean that His love, His righteousness and Grace needed for reconciliation is open to each and everyone of us? His outstretched arms waiting to embrace all sinners who would come back to Him, just and unjust? God’s gifts and graces may fall on us all but only those whose hearts are open to receive them can and shall receive them. Does this not mean then, that we should be praying for one another especially those of us steeped in sin? So that we may receive the graces necessary for salvation? To receive Christ into our lives?

We are called today to love with the love of Christ our saviour? To reach out to what good, no matter how little there may be left in our enemies or those who persecute; so that they too might be saved. Therefore we pray for them in love. To be perfected in such love is to love inspite of…., to love despite of…., a radical love that rejoices at the return of the prodigal son, a radical love that would leave the ninety nine behind in search of the one lost one, a radical love that forgave us all from the cross!

Therefore till evil is given free reign by those who choose evil, to consume them wholly and where prayers for them would come to naught. Until such time we should remain hopeful and love nonetheless.

May the love of Christ reign in our hearts always. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 5:43–48

Jesus said to his disciples:“You have heard that it was said,You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”