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Three Circles

Posted: June 14, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

So many flawed people in our Churches that it is a wonder how we get anything done? In the last few months I’ve witnessed so many true colours revealed that I was wondering how to continue looking past everything? What a burden it is in knowing the truth sometimes.

Here are some unveiled…

One who knows how to ask so sweetly when they want something done but are very harsh when it doesn’t go according to what they had planned.

People who offer to contribute something then later tell others they were asked to contribute.

People always seeking attention and want of the limelight that they make sure everyone is watching when they do something.

People who say they want to serve, but choose only to serve at their convenience and only the way they want to.  Giving constant excuses for why they cannot serve in any other capacity.

People who promise to deliver but fail to and pocket the money that had been given for a project entrusted to their care.

People who pocket other people’s red envelopes leading them to think that the host did not appreciate the hard work they put in for the host.

People who subtly flatter themselves while putting others down.

People who tell others that someone mentioned their food is tasteless so that the business will go to them instead.

People who share other’s stories or testimonies said in confidence so as to get into the good books of another.

People who think themselves more learned and better than everyone else.

People who think themselves more spiritual than everyone else.

People who are quick to teach others but whose own family is in disarray.

People who choose to keep silent when they are in the position to help or engage their team members to help.

People who are only concerned about their ministry or community but do not care for the church or community at large.

People who voice concern for the well being of others but do nothing on their own for them.

People who berate others who are gentle to exercise control over them.

People who make use of the kindheartedness of others to do the things they are reluctant to do themselves.

People who want others to listen to their testimonies and their stories but are impatient when others share and then try to interject with their very own.

People who constantly find fault with the Church and with others. And pit one person against another.

People who think themselves more loving and generous than others but hide their own sinful thoughts and actions.

People who appear so nice on the surface but are quick to bad mouth others on the quiet.

Upon deeper reflection I was made to gaze upon three circles, the outer bigger one was a big round circle which was perfectly round. This was made up of people who joined the community to form this circle but not all possess the heart of a disciple. And in time this would break away.

The middle circle was jagged in some parts, these comprised of wannabe disciples who face some challenges but then fall away to sin and other worldly distractions.  They either break away or stay in this circle with no further growth.

The inner circle is much smaller and utterly deformed. These however comprises of disciples who live their lives with the knowledge that their imperfect circle is perfected in Christ. It is in their struggle to serve others that causes their circle to appear deformed.  For they are constantly mocked for Christ’s sake.  They are often frowned upon and looked on with disdain. They rely not on their own strengths but that of the Lord’s.

We all have to choose which circle we want to belong to …

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 14, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How can I love my enemy? He who hurt me? He who continues to lie and cheat? To speak foul of others? To gossip and destroy relationships? He who is abusive and cruel? Who struts around like a peacock?

It is only through Your love and strength that I can truly love my enemy Lord. For if I am united with You then I too are looking to save souls. All of us are created in the image and likeness of You. It is sin that distorts and separates.  Hence I am called to be an instrument of reconciliation. To echo the call for repentance. I am Not called however to be a doormat to be trampled upon. The Lord will be my shield, my rampart. He is my rock and my strength.

Praise and glory to my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading
1 Kings 21:17-29

After the death of Naboth, the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Up! Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, in Samaria. You will find him in Naboth’s vineyard; he has gone down to take possession of it. You are to say this to him, “the Lord says this: You have committed murder; now you usurp as well. For this – and the Lord says this – in the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, the dogs will lick your blood too.”’ Ahab said to Elijah, ‘So you have found me out, O my enemy!’ Elijah answered, ‘I have found you out. For your double dealing, and since you have done what is displeasing to the Lord, I will now bring disaster down on you; I will sweep away your descendants, and wipe out every male belonging to the family of Ahab, fettered or free in Israel. I will treat your House as I treated the House of Jeroboam son of Nebat and of Baasha son of Ahijah, for provoking my anger and leading Israel into sin. (Against Jezebel the Lord spoke these words: The dogs will eat Jezebel in the Field of Jezreel.) Those of Ahab’s family who die in the city, the dogs will eat; and those who die in the open country, the birds of the air will eat.’

  And indeed there never was anyone like Ahab for double dealing and for doing what is displeasing to the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the most abominable way, adhering to idols, just as the Amorites used to do whom the Lord had dispossessed for the sons of Israel.

  When Ahab heard these words, he tore his garments and put sackcloth next his skin and fasted; he slept in the sackcloth; he walked with slow steps. Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Since he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; I will bring the disaster down on his House in the days of his son.’

Gospel
Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike. For if you love those who love you, what right have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must therefore be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’