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A power packed day with and in Christ

Posted: September 6, 2014 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

What a power packed day with and in Christ. It all began with a wonderful morning EC in which a few of my favourite hymns were sung then off to breakfast with some sisters and brothers from Church. Then it was time for a homebound visit to the home of a male stroke victim, a request given to John by our parish priest.  We went in faith all the while thinking it was the home of an indian family.  Just after coming out of the lift we said a prayer and knocked on the door.  To our great surprise the door was eventually opened by an elderly chinese man whom we thought was the caregiver.  Turns out he was the stroke victim himself, we greeted him and introduced ourselves informing him that we were from St Anthony’s Parish intending to spend some time getting to know him and perhaps share the gospel with him. So we chatted and exchanged life stories before sharing the Gospel and the message.  While still quite set in his thinking and ways, the gentleman showed signs of being quite receptive and engaged.  He also mentioned he felt a call of Jesus to come back into the fold.  Anyhow filled with confidence and the strong presence of the Lord, we are prayerful that after a few more sessions his relationship with Christ will grow. 

Everything was seemingly well when we drove back to church to return the hymn books we had borrowed, till I realised I didn’t have my tab2 aka my phone with me.  I likely must have left it at the homebound’s home but cannot be sure, in any case we could not reach him by phone to check.  All other searches turned up an empty, and so feeling rather crippled I went to singel after lunch to report the phone lost and get a micro sim for my note 8.0 which I got a year++ earlier for renewing my cable contract with Starhub.  I am still hoping to get my tab2 back for the pictures and some files but have lifted the soreness of losing it up to the Lord.  Besides the performance of the Note is way better than the tab2 by leaps and bounds.  The whole afternoon thereafter was spent setting up the phone; all my important catholic apps had to be redownloaded and setup. So too the other important apps for daily use had to be reinstalled.

Then it was time to head back to church for the couples night we had registered for, soft music, candlelight, three course meal with wine awaited us.  It was great to have this chance away from the kids to just spend some time together talking and laughing. Will not share any more details other than that it was great.  Thanks to the youths pf St Anthony’s for organising it and the great chefs Leo Chan Dominick and his team of brothers.

Praise the Lord for a wonderful day spent with Him and His body the Catholic community! Amen


Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

To Win Them Back

Readings:


Ezekiel 33:7-9

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9

Romans 13:8-10

Matthew 18:15-20

 

As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in today’s first Reading, so Jesus in the Gospel today establishes His disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church (see Galatians 6:16). 



He also puts in place procedures for dealing with sin and breaches of the faith, building on s of discipline prescribed by Moses for Israel (see Leviticus 19:17-20; Deuteronomy 19:13). The heads of the new Israel, however, receive extraordinary powers – similar to those given to Peter (see Matthew 16:19). They have the power to bind and loose, to forgive sins and to reconcile sinners in His name (see John 20:21-23).



But the powers He gives the apostles and their successors depends on their communion with Him. As Ezekiel is only to teach what he hears God saying, the disciples are to gather in His name and to pray and seek the will of our heavenly Father. 



But today’s readings are more than a lesson in Church order. They also suggest how we’re to deal with those who trespass against us, a theme that we’ll hear in next week’s readings as well.



Notice that both the Gospel and the First Reading presume that believers have a duty to correct sinners in our midst. Ezekiel is even told that he will be held accountable for their souls if he fails to speak out and try to correct them. 



This is the love that Paul in today’s Epistle says we owe to our neighbors. To love our neighbors as ourselves is to be vitally concerned for their salvation.

We must make every effort, as Jesus says, to win our brothers and sisters back, to turn them from the false paths. 

We should never correct out of anger, or a desire to punish. Instead our message must be that of today’s Psalm – urging sinner to hear God’s voice, not to harden their hearts, and to remember that He is the one who made us, and the rock of our salvation.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 6, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

LordofSabb

We can all use discipline in our lives even in the worship of our Heavenly Father. We need to abide by His commandments and statutes given to us in Love. The problem arises when we take the love out from them, what then happens? We become rigid, calculative,cold and soon we deceive ourselves that our thoughts and discernment of them are still from God.

The heart of a disciple of Jesus lies in His cross. The ultimate sign of love, Christ gave up His life for us so that we may live. And so when we die to ourselves so that others may live, we bear our cross with Him.

Jesus my Lord, I am Your disciple. Give me the courage, strength and grace to persevere in the carrying of my cross; of which I gladly do so for the love of You. Amen.

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 4:6b–15

GOSPEL
Luke 6:1–5

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry? How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”