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Posted: August 17, 2013 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

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August 18th 2013 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: August 17, 2013 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

Consuming Fire

Readings:
Jeremiah 38:4–6, 8–10
Psalm 40:2–4, 18
Hebrews 12:1–4
Luke 12:49–53


Our God is a consuming fire, the Scriptures tell us (see Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24).

And in this week’s Gospel, Jesus uses the image of fire to describe the demands of discipleship.

The fire he has come to cast on the earth is the fire that he wants to blaze in each of our hearts. He made us from the dust of the earth (see Genesis 2:7), and filled us with the fire of the Holy Spirit in baptism (see Luke 3:16).

We were baptized into his death (see Romans 6:3). This is the baptism our Lord speaks of in the Gospel this week. The baptism with which He must be baptized is His passion and death, by which He accomplished our redemption and sent forth the fire of the Spirit on the earth (see Acts 2:3).

The fire has been set, but it is not yet blazing. We are called to enter deeper into the consuming love of God. We must examine our consciences and our actions, submitting ourselves to the revaling fire of God’s Word (see 1 Corinthians 3:13).

In our struggle against sin, we have not yet resisted to the point of shedding our own blood, Paul tells us in this week’s Epistle. We have not undergone the suffering that Jeremiah suffers in the First Reading this week.

But this is what true discipleship requires. To be a disciple is to be inflamed with the love of the God. It is to have an unquenchable desire for holiness and zeal for the salvation of our brothers and sisters.

Being His disciple does not bring peace in the false way that the world proclaims peace (see Jeremiah 8:11). It means division and hardship. It may bring us to conflict with our own flesh and blood.

But Christ is our peace (see Ephesians 2:14). By his cross, he has lifted us up from the mire of sin and death—as he will rescue the prophet Jeremiah (see Jeremiah 38:10).

And as we sing in the Psalm this week, we trust in our deliverer.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 17, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How do we view the commandments? Are they rigid laws to weigh us down or hamper us? Or are they stop signs of love? Preventing us from self destruction or otherwise? Keeping us on the path of salvation..

Now that we are on that path, it leads us to a two-fork path. One on the right which is wide and clear but leads to nowhere and another on the left which is narrow, the entrance leading to a thick jungle path for which we need to clear to make headway? Which one shall we choose?

The one on the left is the path of discipleship, the more possessions we have and the more worldly our desires; the thicker the jungle we have to clear, the greater the struggle to make our way through to our eternal reward. When we bear our cross with and through Christ, we find the yoke we take on easy and our burden light. Amen

GOSPEL
Matthew 19:16–22

A young man approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He asked him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him, “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 17, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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I am a child of God, I am happy for my sins have been blotted out. I am made pure and by the blood of my Saviour, I am liberated from the bondage of sin. Through the sacraments provided for by my Lord, let me stand as a child, ready and waiting for the day of the Lord. While I await, let me lead God’s lost children back on to the path of salvation.

Let us pray…

Almighty ever-living God,
whom, taught by the Holy Spirit,
we dare to call our Father,
bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts
the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters,
that we may merit to enter into the inheritance
which you have promised.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Amen.

GOSPEL
Matthew 19:13–15

Children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on them, he went away.