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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 7, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Today we remember precious gifts from God our Father of which we may have taken for granted from time to time, received through His Son Jesus Christ.

In Today’s Gospel we first hear the proclamation by the Holy Spirit through Saint Peter about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ sent by our one true and living God, in a region where the people once idolised the mythical God Pan followed by Caesar Augustus.

Jesus establishes our one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church through our first pope Saint Peter and promises that evil will never, ever prevail over it. The Sacrament of reconciliation, one of the many keys which are all handed over to Saint Peter. Soon thereafter He will establish the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist,the gift of Himself to us; His death for us thereby conquering death and winning for us life eternal.

Our ways are not His ways, our thoughts are not His thoughts. May we always strive for holiness so that He may continue to dwell in us and lead us to our heavenly inheritance. Glory be to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and forever. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 16:13–23

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.

Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

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Posted: August 7, 2013 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Meditations, Memory Book

I love this so much that I’m calling this The Catholic Christian Code of Conduct!

From a letter attributed to Barnabas

The way of light

Consider now the way of light; any man who is bent on reaching his appointed goal must be very careful in all he does. Now these are the directions that have been given to us for this journey: love your Creator; reverence your Maker; give glory to him who redeemed you when you were dead; be single-minded but rich in spiritual treasure; avoid those who travel down death’s highway; hate whatever is displeasing to God; detest all hypocritical pretense; do not abandon God’s commandments. Do not put on airs, but be modest in whatever you do; claim no credit for yourself. Plot no evil against your neighbor, and do not give pride an entrance into your heart.

Love your neighbor more than your own life. Do not kill an unborn child through abortion, nor destroy it after birth. Do not refrain from chastising son or daughter, but bring them up from childhood in the fear of the Lord. Do not set your heart on what belongs to your neighbor and do not give in to greed. Do not associate with the arrogant but cultivate those who are humble and virtuous.

Accept as a blessing whatever comes your way in the knowledge that nothing ever happens without God’s concurrence. Avoid duplicity in thought or in word, for such deception is a deadly snare.

Share with your neighbor whatever you have, and do not say of anything, this is mine. If you both share an imperishable treasure, how much more must you share what is perishable. Do not be hasty in speech; the mouth is a deadly snare. For your soul’s good, make every effort to live chastely. Do not hold out your hand for what you can get, only to withdraw it when it comes to giving. Cherish as the apple of your eye anyone who speaks to you of the word of the Lord.

Night and day you will bear in mind the hour of judgment; every day you will seek out the company of God’s faithful, either by preaching the word, earnestly exhorting them, ever considering how you can save souls by your eloquence, or else by working with your hands to make reparation for your past sins.

Never hesitate to give, and when you do give, never grumble; then you will know the one who will repay you. Preserve the traditions you have received, adding nothing and taking nothing away. The evildoer will ever be hateful to you. Be fair in your judgments.
Never stir up dissension, but act as peacemaker and reconcile the quarrelsome. Confess your sins, and do not begin to pray with a guilty conscience.Such then is the way of light.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 7, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Our Lord always hears our prayers, yet how many of us are patient enough and faithful enough to wait for a response? How many instead grow agitated or despondent? And if the answer to our petition is no, how many will praise the Lord for His wise counsel? Knowing He has our best interest at heart?

Let us always persevere in faith and prayer for holy intentions, resting assured that our Lord our God will answer. And may we always be ready and willing to intercede in prayer for one another in union with Christ. Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 15: 21–28

At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.