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On Discipleship

Posted: August 19, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

A reflection on discipleship….

As Catholic Christians, can we follow Christ and yet not be His disciples? I have pondered long and hard on this and the answer I’ve come up with is No.  For by the virtue of our baptism and confirmation we are all called to authentic discipleship.  The unassuming call to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospels is in actual fact a profound call to discipleship, for we can only remain faithful to the Gospels if we are first disciples.

The next question then is, am I currently a disciple of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? The answer to this question can only be answered by deep reflection on the following :-

1. Have I embraced and remain true to the commandments the Lord our God had given us.

2. Do I still hold on, and hold on tightly to worldly possessions, desires, wants. (Matt 19:16-30)

3. Has my capacity to love increased beyond myself and family.  To my community and ever increasing beyond? Do I love with all my heart, thought and deed? To share the love of Christ with all whom I meet . (John 13:34-35)

4. Do I think I’m too young, look at how the Lord chose David or do I think I’m too old, see how the Lord chose Abraham and Moses to do His Will to the end. Do I still ask God, “Father what would You have me do?” or instead ask, “Father what do You need to be done?”

5. Do I carry my cross with and through Christ, knowing His yoke for me is easy and my burden light?
6. Am I ready and willing to lay down my life for a friend?

7. Do I truly love my Lord, my God always and remain focused on His Will for me through His Son Jesus Christ

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: August 19, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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If everything in your life comes down to gain or loss, what or how do you think you lose or at a loss if you surrender everything to and for God who created you and gave you life?

Many today have left our Church because the teaching and traditions handed down from Jesus Himself through His Apostles and disciples had became incompatible with their personal desires for wealth and recognition. How sad indeed! for they are blind to the surpassing wealth of knowledge, graces and blessings we receive from God our Father through His Son. All of which the World can neither afford nor purchase with all it’s wealth! Still our loving Father is calling all who have turned away, come home to me…..I will make all things possible for you….

The way of a disciple is never always easy and at often times may seem impossible. But with God all things are possible and with Jesus in our heart, what have we to fear? Let us always stay focussed on our Lord Jesus, the one we love with all our heart and of whom we serve.  He is with us for all eternity. Amen

GOSPEL
Matthew 19:23–30

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Then Peter said to him in reply, “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”