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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 20, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What is it that we cherish here on earth that we can take along with us for all eternity? Do we then say we will leave all we have to our loved ones? Can we guarantee that what we leave behind will not be plundered? squandered? lost? destroyed? Do we still stubbornly hold on to our worldly goods and desires?

Why not leave behind instead a lasting memory of how we had lived our lives according to the Word of God? How we had such faith that we did both little and great works for the glory of God our loving Father? How we shared our faith and hope with others who had none? How we gave of our hearts to the poor? How we made time to comfort and tend to the sick? How we inspired both the very young and the youths to carry on the torch of love for God and for our neighbours? How we persevered in faith and love against all adversity? How we tried our very best to emulate the Saints that had gone before us? How we brought the light in us wherever we went? And turn darkness into light? How we brought the joy and peace within us to everyone?

Let us be remembered for how we brought Jesus into peoples lives…. Amen.

GOSPEL Matthew 6:19–23

Jesus said to his disciples:“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 20, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How often do we spend time waiting patiently and listening out for our God who will speak to us? Yearning for Him to counsel us and for Him to give us His living Word for/to us? For Him to refresh and strengthen us? Our loving Father knows all our wants and desires before we ever need ask, and while we can lift all of it to Him in prayer, are we also prepared that in His infinite wisdom He alone decides what is best for us?

Jesus taught us a perfect prayer consisting of seven petitions, let us pray and reflect on each petition today, opening our hearts to our Heavenly Father.  A loving Father who loves us so much that through His loving Son, forgives us our most heinous sins just by listening to our contrite heart crying out to Him. All he ask is we do likewise for our brethren who have sinned against us. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 6:7–15

Jesus said to his disciples:“In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”