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On Today’s Gospel

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

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You are indeed merciful O mighty Father. For as often as we have turned our backs on You, still You call out to us. You give us ample warning and time to come back to You. Forgive us Father for being slow to change. And if we refuse by our own accord not to ever heed Your call then we truly deserve what You allow to happen to us.

Jesus my Lord, if we choose to walk the narrow road according to our Father’s Will; You are with us. By Your grace may we have complete trust in You as You have in the Father. So that we too can sleep in His loving embrace amidst all storms in our life. Amen

FIRST READING
Amos 3:1–8; 4:11–12

GOSPEL
Matthew 8:23–27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

On Today’s Gospel

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

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Our hearts turn to stone when refuse to allow God into our lives. When we ignore His call for repentance and turn our backs on His statutes and commandments. We give evil free reign for we have cut ourselves off from the source of all that is good, all that is love. A spark will set off raging fires; untempered passions, wanton desires, fiery tempers even idolatry. We have died and yet we don’t even know it.

Our hearts are restless till we rest in Him, for His yoke is easy and His burden light. Following Jesus is a joyous affair, filled with peace and love however it is not without hardship or toil. We are often called to put aside and sometimes give up material comforts in loving surrender. To roll up our sleeves and throw ourselves into the grunt and grind of servitude. To leave behind dead weights and dead spirits. So that we might constantly renew ourselves in Him. And bear fruit worthy of our heavenly Father.

Jesus lead us home. Amen

FIRST READING
Amos 2:6–10, 13–16

GOSPEL
Matthew 8:18–22

When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”


Sunday Reflections With Dr Scott Hahn

The Apostles’ Church

Readings:
Acts 12:1–11  
Psalm 34:2–9

2 Timothy 4:6–8, 17–18  
Matthew 16:13–19

This Sunday’s celebration of the great apostles Peter and Paul is a celebration of the Church. Peter’s deliverance from jail is compared to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Like Israel he is rescued at Passover from “the hand” of his enemy by an “angel of the Lord” after girding himself with belt, sandals, and cloak (see Ex 3:8; 12:8, 11–12; 14:19).

The Church is, as Peter says, “all that the Jewish people had been expecting.” As he affirms in his great confession of faith in Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus is “the Christ,” the Messiah that the prophets had taught Israel to hope for.

But Christ is more than what the Jewish people had been hoping for.

He is the Christ. But He is also, as Peter confesses, “the Son of the living God.” Born of the flesh of the Jewish people, he is a son of Abraham and David (see Mt 1:1; Rm 1:3). Through Him and the Church founded on the rock of Peter’s faith, God fulfills the promise he made to Abraham—to bless all nations in his seed (see Gen 22:18).

What Christ calls “my Church,” is the new Israel, the kingdom of God, the family made up of all peoples—Jews and Gentiles—who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (see Gal 3:26–29; 6:16). And we must make this confession our own. Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” is addressed to each of us personally.

We must confess our faith in Christ not only with our tongues, but with our lives. As Paul describes his discipleship in this week’s Epistle, we must make our lives a oblation, an offering of love for the sake of Jesus and His kingdom (see Rm 12:1).

We know, as we sing in this week’s Psalm, that the Lord has rescued us in Christ Jesus. We know that he will stand by us, giving us strength to face every evil—and that He will bring us to the heavenly kingdom we anticipate in this Eucharist.

 

On Today’s Gospel

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

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Just knowing that we are unworthy to come before the Lord our is not enough. We must come before Him with a contrite heart wanting to change. And know without reservation that in His great mercy and love, He will forgive and heal us.

He loves us as we are and beckons us to come before Him as we are. He will heal our brokenness, it is He who will liberate us from our sins. He will transform us and fill us with His grace and love.

It is in the faith of knowing our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. It is by and through Him that we are made worthy of being in the presence of our heavenly Father. Amen

FIRST READING
Lamentations 2:2, 10–14, 18–19

GOSPEL
Matthew 8:5–17

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven, but the children of the Kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed.

Jesus entered the house of Peter, and saw his mother–in–law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she rose and waited on him.

When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick, to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:

He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.

On Today’s Gospel

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

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Our hearts are frail and our love is limited in capacity. And still our God Whom is love, loves us more than we can ever grasp. So when we open our hearts to Him with sorrow in our hearts for our sins, He embraces us and fills us with His ever flowing abundant love.

We can truly love, because we have the love of Christ in us. The love of the divine sacred heart of Jesus flows through us; for we are consecrated in Him. Let us take on His yoke in humble servitude. Amen

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

FIRST READING
Deuteronomy 7:6–11

SECOND READING
1 John 4:7–16

GOSPEL
Matthew 11:25–30

At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

On Today’s Gospel

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

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Why have so many turned their backs on God? Do those who lead comfortable lives without Him think that it will last forever? Do they only seek Him when tragedies have befallen them? Do they expect to be listened to without a repentant heart?

For those of us who think ourselves disciples of Christ ; to what extent have we built our foundation on Him? Have we built it upon His Word? Feeding upon it and nourishing our lives? Have we built it on a prayer life? Where we offer our bodies and souls in prayer? Praising and thanking Him in all that we do? Have we built it on His love? Hence do we emulate our Servant King in our lives by serving our brethren in loving humility and great charity? Have we built it upon His truth? Always speaking up for it? Quashing indifference and lies? Have we built it upon a sacramental life drawing on the Lord’s strength?

Let us pray that we will always declare, “O Lord, my God I’ve come to do Your Will.” Amen

FIRST READING
2 Kings 24:8–17

GOSPEL
Matthew 7:21–29

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 24, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How sensitive are we to God’s prompting to turn away from Sin? To be reconciled with Him? If only we respond to the Word of God, to tear ourselves from the old ways in which we lead miserable lives in Sin. O how joyful we will be! To have our Lord walk with us once again.

How then can we discern good from bad? We can only do so when we walk with the Lord, when we make up our minds to remain faithful to the Word of God; and to turn our backs to Sin. The fruits we bear come from within and it comes forth with joy, peace and love. The same fruits we easily recognise in our brethren.

Let us be fruits of the vine of our Heavenly Father Amen

FIRST READING
2 Kings 22:8–13; 23:1–3

GOSPEL
Matthew 7:15–20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”