Archive for April, 2014

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 30, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How easy it is for darkness to creep up and overshadow us. When we allow jealousy to rule out hearts. When we allow pride to take over especially when we see ourselves wiser, more knowledgeable than others. When we abandon our faith because we feel that it is just too difficult, too time consuming, stifling or because we didn’t get what we expected out of having it. When we allow sinful desires to take control and convince us that it is alright.

Walking in the light is not always easy but we walk as free men and women in peace and love. Such is God our Father’s love for us that even if we have fallen into darkness; so long as we have a contrite heart His beacon will shine for us to lead us home to Him.

O sweet Jesus, by Your life, death and resurrection You have set us free from eternal darkness. An epitome of human suffering, You bore it all, taking the world’s sin upon Yourself. Give us Your strength and Grace that we may continue to remain faithful and walk in Your light. To be a light for others, Amen.

FIRST READING
Acts 5:17–26

GOSPEL
John 3:16–21

God so loved the world that he gave his only–begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only–begotten Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 29, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Be merciful, compassionate, humble and meek. Love your neighbour and be of service to all your brethren. If these are lessons too hard for us, or if we refuse to accept and strive to learn them; how can we hope to embrace the spiritual ones?

How can we see or rather comprehend the powerful redemptive love of Jesus on the cross? To believe in Him, our God who so loves us that He wants to share eternity with us? How can we be happy that even if we not see, we yet believe? How do we trust in God’s providence by letting go of our possessions? How can we be assured that He is with us always, to guide and show us the way?

Lord I believe; help my unbelief! Do thou increase my faith. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen

FIRST READING
Acts 4:32–37

GOSPEL
John 3:7b–15

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?” Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

Saints 27th April 2014

Posted: April 28, 2014 by CatholicJules in Meditations, Photos

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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 28, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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I came to You only in the shadows of the night fearing that those who do not believe, might see in the day, but I heard Your voice in the gentle wind “Do not be afraid but go forth in boldness proclaiming the Word of God!”

I grew weary for they would not listen, in anger they tried to shut me up and cast me out, but I heard Your voice in the gentle wind “Do not be afraid but go forth in boldness proclaiming the Word of God!”

I was fearful, afraid to say the wrong thing. Ashamed of my lack of knowledge of Scripture, but I heard Your voice in the gentle wind “Do not be afraid but go forth in boldness proclaiming the Word of God!”

I was a terrible sinner Lord, but You gave me new life. Still I had felt so ashamed of my past, afraid that those who knew me might mock and ridicule me, but I heard Your voice in the gentle wind “Do not be afraid but go forth in boldness proclaiming the Word of God!”

Holy Spirit be my guide always, in Jesus name I pray. Amen

FIRST READING
Acts 4:23–31

GOSPEL
John 3:1–8

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted: April 26, 2014 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn

His Mercy Endures

Readings:

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

We are children of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. Through this wondrous sign of His great mercy, the Father of Jesus has given us new birth, as we hear in today’s Epistle.

Today’s First Reading sketches the “family life” of our first ancestors in the household of God (see 1 Peter 4:17). We see them doing what we still do – devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teaching, meeting daily to pray and celebrate “the breaking of the bread.”

The Apostles saw the Lord. He stood in their midst, showed them His hands and sides. They heard His blessing and received His commission – to extend the Father’s mercy to all peoples through the power and Spirit He conferred upon them.

We must walk by faith and not by sight, must believe and love what we have not seen (see 2 Corinthians 5:7). Yet the invisible realities are made present for us through the devotions the Apostles handed on.

Notice the experience of the risen Lord in today’s Gospel is described in a way that evokes the Mass.

Both appearances take place on a Sunday. The Lord comes to be with His disciples. They rejoice, listen to His Word, receive the gift of His forgiveness and peace. He offers His wounded body to them in remembrance of His Passion. And they know and worship Him as their Lord and their God.

Thomas’ confession is a vow of faith in the new covenant. As promised long before, in the blood of Jesus we can now know the Lord as our God and be known as His people (see Hosea 2:20-25).

This confession is sung in the heavenly liturgy (see Revelation 4:11). And in every Mass on earth we renew our covenant and receive the blessings Jesus promised for those who have not seen but have believed.

In the Mass, God’s mercy endures forever, as we sing in today’s Psalm. This is the day the Lord has made – when the victory of Easter is again made wonderful in our eyes.

 

On Today’s Gospel

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

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We have been told many times to go and share the good news with others for it is a fruit that multiplies as it is preached. Have we listened or instead questioned? Is it I Lord to do this? To whom shall I go? Have we buried the treasure? Starved the root so it bears no fruit?

Can we preach or share the good news if we will not listen ourselves? Many too have been sent to us to help us grow in our faith, in the knowledge of Christ. Have we thought ourselves better than them who were sent? Did we not believe they were sent by our Lord? Did we not recognise our Shepherd’s voice through them or through His message?

Lord Jesus help me to recognize You in all persons whom You send either to help me or to be helped by me. Let me never lose sight of You through the hardness of my heart. In Your most precious name I pray. Amen

FIRST READING
Acts 4:13–21

GOSPEL
Mark 16:9–15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, Jesus appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

On Today’s Gospel

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

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All the joy and peace which Easter brings can easily be lost or taken away, for we all have a powerful enemy to face each and every day! Sin! and the tempter lies awaiting.

St Peter urges to be humble before God, sober and watchful. To stand firm in faith for the Grace and strength of God is upon us to resist all evil.

Let us work with our Lord Jesus Christ, to proclaim the Gospel. For through Him we will build up His kingdom, through the salvation of our brothers and sisters who have yet to hear the Good news. Let us strive not to let the light within us be easily extinguished as we remain steadfast; to share the light of Christ to all.  Amen

FIRST READING
1 Peter 5:5b–14

GOSPEL
Mark 16:15–20

Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them:
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.