Archive for February, 2014

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 27, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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When we think ourselves wiser, more industrious, even holier our downfall begins. By comparing and judging we render ourselves unworthy to serve our Lord and we fall from His Graces and peace. Let us instead serve Him and our brethren with integrity and loving humility. One body in Christ…

Marriage is sacred because it is a love union of one man and one woman blessed and sanctified by God. According to His Will, together in perfect union (two become one body) with Him become procreators to bring forth life. In love they lead one another together with their children closer to God and His kingdom. How can we not cherish this sacrament of love?

Let us lead faithful lives in perfect communion with our one triune God. Amen

First Reading
James  5:9-12

Gospel
Mk 10:1-12

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached him and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him. He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 26, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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It is a truth and a fact that we are all going to die. A certainty beyond our control. Some sooner then later yet with most not knowing the circumstance. However what we do or how we live our lives will determine our choice of eternal life or death. A life with God or a permanent separation from Him.

Most if not all adults upon deep introspection and reflection have lived both self giving, loving as well as selfish, self centred lives at one time or another. But do we recollect the fond memories of the peace, love and joy the former brought us even though it was harder? Can we even recall if the latter brought us any happiness and if it did was it not fleeting?

Let us lead our lives worthy of being called the children of God, created in His image and likeness. To lead one another closer to Him by our love and care. To guard ourselves against sin and to be faithful to God’s Word. Amen

FIRST READING
James 5:1–6

GOSPEL
Mark 9:41–50

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

“Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 26, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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“All in due time…” , “when the time is right..” “When I retire.. “” After I’ve made my first million..” Only then will we have time to do the Will of God? What if tonight we draw our last breath?

Rather let us live in God’s time, His Will be done. What then could be of worry to us? Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

So wonderful and powerful is the name of our Lord that whosoever believes in Him with all their heart and does His Will can do mighty deeds in His name.

Let all who love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ, who love and serve our brethren; stand united as we wear the name engraved in our hearts, Christian! A disciple of Jesus. Amen

FIRST READING
James 4:13–17

GOSPEL
Mark 9:38–40

John said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 25, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Living in the world it is easy to see how much self centredness, selfishness exist. People want what they want and are often not patient about it. If things don’t go as planned or if they don’t get what they want, they are sometimes even willing to kill for it. They want not to lead but rather to dominate. They have a primal need to display their prowess and it is important that others bow down before them. They live for themselves yet do they still question, “Where is God?”

Why will we ever have a need to attend leadership courses? When we can learn from the best that ever lived, that ever is and will ever be; our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. If only we would open our hearts to listen!

Are we truly children of God? Do we spend time gazing into our heavenly Father’s eyes in prayer and contemplation? Do we seek His Counsel in all aspects of our life? Are our hearts filled with joy in unity with all of His children?

Let us with one voice declare, “I am a child of God together with my brethren. I seek to lead all His children home to Him.” Amen

FIRST READING
James 4:1–10

GOSPEL
Mark 9:30–37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent. For they had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”

Personal Reflection

Posted: February 23, 2014 by CatholicJules in Meditations, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Knowledge of Scripture and the pursuit of the wisdom contained therein cannot be had without first the love of God and the love of brother and sister.  Without humility it is just selfish ambition and vanity. 

Catholicjules 22nd Feb 2014

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 22, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Pride, self importance, self ambitions and the wisdom of the world are some of the tools of the evil one. We are robbed of our peace when we succumb to them. Even amidst an injustice done against us we should seek the Lord’s wisdom so as not to allow evil to prevail over us. The Lord’s peace is upon us regardless the outcome.

Let us never put our Lord to the test but in proper reverance and love for Him seek to grow in faith. Such faith that can move mountains for all things are possible with our Lord. And as we grow in faith let us constantly empty ourselves of all that is worldly and in prayer come before Jesus, so that He can fill us with His grace. He hears, heals and answers our prayers. Amen

FIRST READING
James 3:13–18

GOSPEL
Mark 9:14–29

As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, John and approached the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them. Immediately on seeing him, the whole crowd was utterly amazed. They ran up to him and greeted him. He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit. Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.” He said to them in reply, “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.” They brought the boy to him. And when he saw him, the spirit immediately threw the boy into convulsions. As he fell to the ground, he began to roll around and foam at the mouth. Then he questioned his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” He replied, “Since childhood. It has often thrown him into fire and into water to kill him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.” Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” Jesus, on seeing a crowd rapidly gathering, rebuked the unclean spirit and said to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!” Shouting and throwing the boy into convulsions, it came out. He became like a corpse, which caused many to say, “He is dead!” But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him, and he stood up. When he entered the house, his disciples asked him in private, “Why could we not drive the spirit out?” He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”

February 23rd 2014 – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: February 22, 2014 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

February 23rd 2014 – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy as God
Leviticus 19:1–2, 17–18
Psalm 103:1–4, 8, 10, 12–13
1 Corinthians 3:16–23
Matthew 5:38–48
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We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday.

Yet how is possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect?
Jesus explains that we must be imitators of God as his beloved children (Eph. 5:1–2).
As God does, we must love without limit—with a love that does not distinguish between friend and foe, overcoming evil with good (see Rom. 12:21).
Jesus himself, in his Passion and death, gave us the perfect example of the love that we are called to.

He offered no resistance to the evil—even though he could have commanded twelve legions of angels to fight alongside him. He offered his face to be struck and spit upon. He allowed his garments to be stripped from him. He marched as his enemies compelled him to the Place of the Skull. On the cross he prayed for those who persecuted him (see Matt. 26:53–54, 67; 27:28, 32; Luke 23:34).
In all this he showed himself to be the perfect Son of God. By his grace, and through our imitation of him, he promises that we too can become children of our heavenly Father.
God does not deal with us as we deserve, as we sing in this week’s Psalm. He loves us with a Father’s love. He saves us from ruin. He forgives our transgressions.

He loved us even when we had made ourselves his enemies through our sinfulness. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (see Rom. 5:8).

We have been bought with the price of the blood of God’s only Son (see 1 Cor. 6:20). We belong to Christ now, as St. Paul says in this week’s Epistle. By our baptism, we have been made temples of his Holy Spirit.

And we have been saved to share in his holiness and perfection. So let us glorify him by our lives lived in his service, loving as he loves.