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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 13, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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When we gather for the Eucharistic celebration are we there united in prayer and worship? Or are we there individually in private worship? Do we raise up our voices as one in the hymns, Psalms and responses? Do we do a disservice to our brethren by distracting them from the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist? Where is the communion if we pick and choose whom we offer the sign of peace? Where is the communion when we leave immediately after receiving our bridegroom, our Lord Jesus? Where is the communion when we leave before the final blessing and hymn is done?

The heart of our faith lies in knowing who Jesus is; in recognising Him as the Lord of Lords, King of kings. And in loving and humble worship honoring Him, the Holy Spirit and our heavenly Father by our lives in Him.

Lord Jesus it is You who make me worthy to stand before You. Help me in my desire to grow in faith, love and charity. Amen

First Reading
1 Cor 11:17-26, 33

Gospel
Lk 7:1-10

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave. They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, “He deserves to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed. For I too am a person 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 at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

September 14th 2014 – Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Posted: September 13, 2014 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections with Dr. Scott Hahn

The Promised Land

Readings:
Numbers 21:4b-9
Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38
Philippians 2:6-11
John 3:13-17

Today’s feast embodies a great mystery. Like the people of Israel in the first reading, we are called to a long journey to the Promised Land of heaven.  Like them we can lose patience and fall into sin, sin that can literally kill us (Numbers 21:4-5).  Like them, our only hope for salvation is to cling to God’s merciful provision.

Pope Benedict summed it up beautifully:

“The Gospel for this feast reminds us of the meaning of this great mystery: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that men might be saved (John 3:16). The Son of God became vulnerable, assuming the condition of a slave, obedient even to death, death on a cross (Phil 2:8).

By his Cross we are saved. The instrument of torture which, on Good Friday, manifested God’s judgment on the world, has become a source of life, pardon, mercy, a sign of reconciliation and peace. ‘In order to be healed from sin, gaze upon Christ crucified!’ said Saint Augustine.

By raising our eyes towards the Crucified one, we adore him who came to take upon himself the sin of the world and to give us eternal life. And the Church invites us proudly to lift up this glorious Cross so that the world can see the full extent of the love of the Crucified one for all, for us men. She invites us to give thanks to God because from a tree which brought death, life has burst out anew.

On this wood Jesus reveals to us his sovereign majesty, he reveals to us that he is exalted in glory. Yes, “Come, let us adore him!” In our midst is he who loved us even to giving his life for us, he who invites every human being to draw near to him with trust.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 13, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Oneness with God is Oneness with His people. And so the idols of the world seeks to separate us from that Oneness. To divide our loyalty and affections. Few today whom say they believe in God our Father still perform rituals and offer sacrifices to idols ‘just in case’ or to ward off certain evil. They are blind to the Evil act itself.

What about the rest of us? The idols in our lives are more sophisticated and complex that while they are in plain view are yet not seen. Some perform rituals for beauty and vanity. Which includes hours and hours of makeovers, bodybuilding, sculpting etc. For some it is sports updates after updates, watching, betting, lenghtly discussions and debates to which team or sports person is the best. Others it is pornography and it’s many forms. And yet others it is their careers and the pursuit of climbing to the top which takes up all of their time. What are the fruits of our labour in all these? God is often far from our minds if He is present at all.

There is no greater foundation than a life built upon on our rock, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. He alone can calm the storms in our lives. He alone can give the joy, peace and love that we seek. He unites us all so that we live in Oneness with Him. And even though our bodies wither and die, yet we have the promise of eternal life with Him. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 10:14–22

GOSPEL
Luke 6:43–49

Jesus said to his disciples:
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”