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On Today’s Gospel

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

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All of us sinners congregate in Holy Mother Church to worship and honour our loving Father.  Through the one Holy Sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; we who are contrite of heart can be transformed, cleansed, made new, holy and righteous before the living Word of God.  At every Eucharistic Celebration and every time we listen to the Word of God, we should be transformed, to live out the Word which draws us ever closer to the Kingdom of God.

Let us pray for all those who today are still obstinate in holding on to worldliness. Who refuse to change, to be transformed. Who hold to the view that ‘I come to see what the Church can do for me’ not ‘What I can do for my Holy Mother Church’ Who are disrespectful to God and His Church by word, deed, manner,dress and action. Whose lives lead others away instead of drawing them closer to God. May the seed of love and truth be planted in their hearts and take root before it is too late.

Let all of us by virtue of our baptism, lead others to the heavenly Kingdom by the way we lead our lives. Always ready to share the Gospels, the living Word of God; The Old Testament in light of the New and the New Testament in light of the Old. God’s loving plan of salvation for us fulfilled! Amen.

GOSPEL
Matthew 13:47–53

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

On Today’s Gospel

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

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Experiencing the presence of God in our lives, what greater treasure is there? The joy of the discovery, the peace and love that follows; would we not give everything we own to hold on to it?

While we still breathe the air of our existence there lurks evil waiting to pounce, to relieve us of this great treasure. Will we not discreetly keep it close to our hearts? Or do we out of vainglory boast out loud as to have it stripped away from us?

What more precious gift is there than the Son Of God our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? The living Word of God, always revealed to us anew, daily in Holy Scripture. The Word made flesh; of whom we partake in the Eucharist that gives eternal life.

I want nothing and hold on to nothing of this world my Lord, my God. With Your Holy Spirit; give me always the wisdom, courage and strength to renounce all that is not of You, so that I may be pleasing in Your eyes; to love and serve You all the days of my life. Amen.

GOSPEL
Matthew 13:44–46

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”

On Today’s Gospel

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

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Time and time again our loving Lord Jesus calls us to repentance. To love and live out our lives in sanctity, in His Peace. Are we listening? All we that we need to do is cry out to Him with contrite hearts and He will come to set us free.

Yet many hold on to their base desires allowing the wiles of the devil to ensnare them. Thinking they always have time, never questioning “what If tomorrow never comes for me?”

Through the powerful intercession of our blessed mother Mary, with the angels and Saints may we never lose our God. Amen

GOSPEL
Matthew 13:36–43

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”


From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop

Our Lord’s words teach us that though we labor among the many distractions of this world, we should have but one goal. For we are but travelers on a journey without as yet a fixed abode; we are on our way, not yet in our native land; we are in a state of longing, not yet of enjoyment. But let us continue on our way, and continue without sloth or respite, so that we may ultimately arrive at our destination.

Martha and Mary were sisters, related not only by blood but also by religious aspirations. They stayed close to our Lord and both served him harmoniously when he was among them. Martha welcomed him as travelers are welcomed. But in her case, the maidservant received her Lord, the invalid her Savior, the creature her Creator, to serve him bodily food while she was to be fed by the Spirit. For the Lord willed to put on the form of a slave, and under this form to be fed by his own servants, out of condescension and not out of need. For this was indeed condescension, to present himself to be fed; since he was in the flesh he would indeed be hungry and thirsty.

Thus was the Lord received as a guest who came unto his own and his own received him not; but as many as received him, he gave them the power to become sons of God, adopting those who were servants and making them his brothers, ransoming the captives and making them his co-heirs. No one of you should say: “Blessed are they who have deserved to receive Christ into their homes!” Do not grieve or complain that you were born in a time when you can no longer see God in the flesh. He did not in fact take this privilege from you. As he says: Whatever you have done to the least of my brothers, you did to me.

But you, Martha, if I may say so, are blessed for your good service, and for your labors you seek the reward of peace. Now you are much occupied in nourishing the body, admittedly a holy one. But when you come to the heavenly homeland will you find a traveler to welcome, someone hungry to feed, or thirsty to whom you may give drink, someone ill whom you could visit, or quarreling whom you could reconcile, or dead whom you could bury?

No, there will be none of these tasks there. What you will find there is what Mary chose. There we shall not feed others, we ourselves shall be fed. Thus what Mary chose in this life will be realized there in all its fullness; she was gathering fragments from that rich banquet, the Word of God. Do you wish to know what we will have there? The Lord himself tells us when he says of his servants, Amen, I say to you, he will make them recline and passing he will serve them.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: July 28, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How many of us can relate to Saint Martha when she welcomed Jesus into her home and served Him while Mary her sister sat at His feet. Perhaps she too would rather have just sat at His feet to listen and be with Him. But someone had to care and look after the needs of their guest. After all to love Him is to serve Him.

Problem is, like Saint Martha at that time, we too often lose sight of whom we serve. We get so caught up in the work itself that we may even view others as obstacles if not hindrances. Sometimes jealousy can set it thinking we are doing so much more while others reap the benefits of our labour having done less or nothing.

Instead of it being a privilege to serve Jesus, it becomes a duty, even a chore. If only we had remained focussed on Jesus we would have found, not only was the burden light, peace and love followed us throughout what needed to be done.

In today’s Gospel we see just how much faith St Martha had in Jesus! She left her mourning behind and hurried out to meet Him. She did not presume to know or understand at that time that Jesus had divine power on His own but had full faith in Him and that God looked favourably upon Him.  Jesus so loved her that He not only revealed, but allowed her to attest in faith, His power over death. The Holy Spirit spoke through her when she spoke, “You are the Christ, the son of God who is to come into the world.”

Saint Martha, pray for us that we might serve Jesus better. Help us to overcome our distractions and worries to listen to his words and be present to him this day. Amen  

MEMORIAL

SAINT MARTHA

Gospel       John 11:19–27

And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”

 

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Posted: July 28, 2013 by CatholicJules in Photos

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July 28th 2013 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: July 27, 2013 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

Asked and Answered

Readings:
Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13


Though we be “but dust and ashes,” we can presume to draw near and speak boldly to our Lord, as Abraham dares in this week’s First Reading.

But even Abraham – the friend of God (see Isaiah 41:8), our father in the faith (see Romans 4:12) – did not know the intimacy that we know as children of Abraham, heirs of the blessings promised to his descendants (see Galatians 3:7,29).

The mystery of prayer, as Jesus reveals to His disciples in this week’s Gospel, is the living relationship of beloved sons and daughters with their heavenly Father.  Our prayer is pure gift, made possible by the “good gift” of the Father – the Holy Spirit of His Son. It is the fruit of the New Covenant by which we are made children of God in Christ Jesus (see Galatians 4:6-7; Romans 8:15-16).

Through the Spirit given to us in Baptism, we can cry to Him as our Father – knowing that when we call He will answer.

Jesus teaches His disciples to persist in their prayer, as Abraham persisted in begging God’s mercy for the innocent of Sodom and Gomorrah.

For the sake of the one just Man, Jesus, God spared the city of man from destruction (see Jeremiah 5:1; Isaiah 53), “obliterating the bond against us,” as Paul says in this week’s Epistle.

On the Cross, Jesus bore the guilt of us all, canceled the debt we owed to God, the death we deserved to die for our transgressions. We pray as ones who have been spared, visited in our affliction, saved from our enemies.

We pray always a prayer of thanksgiving, which is the literal meaning of Eucharist. We have realized the promise of this week’s Psalm: We worship in His holy temple, in the presence of angels, hallowing His name.

In confidence we ask, knowing that we will receive, that He will bring to completion what He has done for us – raising us from the dead, bringing us to everlasting life along with Him.