Archive for August, 2016

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 31, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How long must we be fed? How long will it take for us to be convinced of our faith in Jesus enough to get up and start building the Kingdom of God our Father?

Some are very concerned about who the celebrant is before attending the Eucharistic Celebration. Others who will be giving the homily? Who will be taking over as Parish priest? If there is a Parish event who is involved before I think of contributing or participating. Which group is leading the Life in the Spirit Seminar? Are we then ourselves a spiritual people? Whom do we serve? Whose Will do we honour and obey?

Does Simon’s mother-in-law not inspire us? That when the Lord removed what ailed her, she got up and served them without delay. Likewise having our many sins lifted from us, how can we not rise up to serve Him? To use all the gifts and talents we have in building His Kingdom. By leading and carrying if we have to; the crippled, the lame, blind, aged and every child of God to the gates of Heaven.

Our pilgrim journey home will be trying as it will be challenging. Let us never forget to go into the quiet, so that the Lord can give us rest and peace. For He listens to our prayers and answers them. Through His refreshing grace we rise to continue the journey back to Him. Amen

First reading
1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Brothers, I myself was unable to speak to you as people of the Spirit: I treated you as sensual men, still infants in Christ. What I fed you with was milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it; and indeed, you are still not ready for it since you are still unspiritual. Isn’t that obvious from all the jealousy and wrangling that there is among you, from the way that you go on behaving like ordinary people? What could be more unspiritual than your slogans, ‘I am for Paul’ and ‘I am for Apollos’?

After all, what is Apollos and what is Paul? They are servants who brought the faith to you. Even the different ways in which they brought it were assigned to them by the Lord. I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but God made things grow. Neither the planter nor the waterer matters: only God, who makes things grow. It is all one who does the planting and who does the watering, and each will duly be paid according to his share in the work. We are fellow workers with God; you are God’s farm, God’s building.

Luke 4:38-44

Leaving the synagogue Jesus went to Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever and they asked him to do something for her. Leaning over her he rebuked the fever and it left her. And she immediately got up and began to wait on them.

At sunset all those who had friends suffering from diseases of one kind or another brought them to him, and laying his hands on each he cured them. Devils too came out of many people, howling, ‘You are the Son of God.’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.

When daylight came he left the house and made his way to a lonely place. The crowds went to look for him, and when they had caught up with him they wanted to prevent him leaving them, but he answered, ‘I must proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, because that is what I was sent to do.’ And he continued his preaching in the synagogues of Judaea.

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 30, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The gift of faith shows us the way to the heart of our Heavenly Father. Yet we deprive ourselves of the deep meaningful relationship we are meant to have with Him. By refusing to spend a little of what we have an abundance of and given to us; Time in prayer.

Instead our hearts and minds are preoccupied with the worries and ways of the World. In search of reprieve we turn to the entertainment the world offers. Slowly but surely we will have our own lives sucked out of us. Do we want to live as puppets enslaved by our sins? Let us always turn to our Lord Jesus Christ who will free us.

Life in the spirit is not one without challenges. However it is one filled with the grace of God. We are never alone for we dwell with and in the Lord. Peace and joy are ours to receive and to share with all we meet. So let us pray always, giving our Lord praise and thanks. Glory be to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
1 Corinthians 2:10-16

The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God. After all, the depths of a man can only be known by his own spirit, not by any other man, and in the same way the depths of God can only be known by the Spirit of God. Now instead of the spirit of the world, we have received the Spirit that comes from God, to teach us to understand the gifts that he has given us. Therefore we teach, not in the way in which philosophy is taught, but in the way that the Spirit teaches us: we teach spiritual things spiritually. An unspiritual person is one who does not accept anything of the Spirit of God: he sees it all as nonsense; it is beyond his understanding because it can only be understood by means of the Spirit. A spiritual man, on the other hand, is able to judge the value of everything, and his own value is not to be judged by other men. As scripture says:Who can know the mind of the Lord, so who can teach him?But we are those who have the mind of Christ.

Luke 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because he spoke with authority.

In the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the spirit of an unclean devil, and it shouted at the top of its voice, ‘Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the devil, throwing the man down in front of everyone, went out of him without hurting him at all. Astonishment seized them and they were all saying to one another, ‘What teaching! He gives orders to unclean spirits with authority and power and they come out.’ And reports of him went all through the surrounding countryside.

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 29, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Human thinking is such that we depend on knowledge, logic and our own human experience to drive us. And from this is the largest part of the information we share with others. Truth then can sometimes be philosophical.

So much is lost when we do not engage with the true knowledge and infinite wisdom of God our Father. Which goes beyond our understanding, logic and rational thinking. Such that we grasp only a little of the mysteries revealed to us and yet it grows with our dwelling on them. Such is the divine power of our Lord. And through the Holy Spirit we are empowered to share the truth and glory of Him that sends us. So that all may be saved through the knowledge and relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Cut off from the vine we whither and die. Connected to the vine and yet murdered for its sake, we will live forever. This is the promise of the Resurrection fulfilled in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

St John the Baptist pray for us.

First reading
1 Corinthians 2:1-5

When I came to you, brothers, it was not with any show of oratory or philosophy, but simply to tell you what God had guaranteed. During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ. Far from relying on any power of my own, I came among you in great ‘fear and trembling’ and in my speeches and the sermons that I gave, there were none of the arguments that belong to philosophy; only a demonstration of the power of the Spirit. And I did this so that your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.

Mark 6:17-29

Herod sent to have John arrested, and had him chained up in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife whom he had married. For John had told Herod, ‘It is against the law for you to have your brother’s wife.’ As for Herodias, she was furious with him and wanted to kill him; but she was not able to, because Herod was afraid of John, knowing him to be a good and holy man, and gave him his protection. When he had heard him speak he was greatly perplexed, and yet he liked to listen to him.

An opportunity came on Herod’s birthday when he gave a banquet for the nobles of his court, for his army officers and for the leading figures in Galilee. When the daughter of this same Herodias came in and danced, she delighted Herod and his guests; so the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me anything you like and I will give it you.’ And he swore her an oath, ‘I will give you anything you ask, even half my kingdom.’ She went out and said to her mother, ‘What shall I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the Baptist’ The girl hurried straight back to the king and made her request, ‘I want you to give me John the Baptist’s head, here and now, on a dish.’ The king was deeply distressed but, thinking of the oaths he had sworn and of his guests, he was reluctant to break his word to her. So the king at once sent one of the bodyguard with orders to bring John’s head. The man went off and beheaded him in prison; then he brought the head on a dish and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. When John’s disciples heard about this, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

On the Journey… 

Posted: August 28, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

​I need not be perfect, even if I should fumble He is with me.  What then should I fear? For when I am in communion with Him His divine grace fills me that is all I need. 
This is the strong message of His mercy and love for me and for you my brethren.  
I first heard it through the fiery homily of Father Terence on Wed during the anniversary of the consecration of our parish, Eucharist Celebration. Then again during and after the morning Eucharist Celebration where he reconciled a brother in Christ with me.  The message was very strong at the IRCC inter-faith dialogue session where I fumbled a tiny bit during my presentation but was filled with His peace.  And lastly today after this morning’s Eucharistic Celebration where I was randomly called up to give testimony before the congregation on my journey in life with the Holy Spirit.  Thanks and glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ for the opportunity, love and support. Amen

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: August 27, 2016 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

To Go Up Higher: 
Scott Hahn Reflects on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-7,10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14

We come to the wedding banquet of heaven by way of humility and charity. This is the fatherly instruction we hear in today’s First Reading, and the message of today’s Gospel.

Jesus is not talking simply about good table manners. He is revealing the way of the kingdom, in which the one who would be greatest would be the servant of all (see Luke 22:24-27).

This is the way He showed us, humbling Himself to come among us as a man (see Philippians 2:5-8), as one who serves, as the bearer of glad tidings to the poor (see Luke 4:18).

This is the way, too, that the Father has shown us down through the ages—filling the hungry, sending the rich away empty, lifting up the lowly, pulling down the proud (see Luke 1:52-53).

We again call to mind the Exodus in today’s Psalm—how in His goodness the Lord led the Israelites from imprisonment to prosperity, rained down bread from heaven, made them His inheritance, becoming a “Father of orphans.”

We now too have gained a share of His inheritance. We are to live humbly, knowing we are are not worthy to receive from His table (see Luke 6:7; 15:21). We are to give alms, remembering we were ransomed from sin by the price of His blood (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

The Lord promises that if we are humble we will be exalted and find favor with God; that if we are kind to those who can never repay us, we will atone for sins, and find blessing in the resurrection of the righteous.

We anticipate the fulfillment of those promises in every Eucharist, today’s Epistle tells us. In the Mass, we enter the festal gathering of the angels and the firstborn children of God, the liturgy of the heavenly Jerusalem in which Jesus is the high priest, the King who calls us to come up higher (see Proverbs 25:6-7).

On Today’s Gospel  

Posted: August 27, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We are all chosen children of God. Given many graces and talents to build His Kingdom. Not to use our gifts to Lord it over another. Or to flatter ourselves into thinking we are better than anyone else.

It is in humble service of our Lord Jesus and our brethren; that we realise by giving our all we receive much more than we could ever hope for.

But many still are not willing to use the gifts and talents they have received. Some are too lazy, self absorbed while others do not think they have any gifts or talents to begin with. If only they would say yes in faith and try they would see their gifts multiplied by our Lord!

Jesus guide my heart, my mind, my soul and in everything I do. So that one day I may hear You say to me, “Come my dear and faithful servant, come share in Your Lord’s happiness.” Amen

First reading
1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen;– those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything. The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God’s doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says:if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.

Matthew 25:14-30

Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out.

‘The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

‘Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.”

‘His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”

‘Next the man with the two talents came forward. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”

‘Last came forward the man who had the one talent. “Sir,” said he “I had heard you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered; so I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy servant! So you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered? Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have recovered my capital with interest. So now, take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the five talents. For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away. As for this good-for-nothing servant, throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”’

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 26, 2016 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

The good news of our salvation which happened through the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; may indeed be strange and difficult to grasp but it is a reality. One which we ourselves experience in a very tangible way through the encounter with the living God.

And so what is the oil that keeps the light of Christ burning deep within us and for others? We have not one but many, can we then say we have run out? We have the living word of God to be reflected, pondered upon and lived. The Holy Eucharist, Sacrament of reconciliation, prayer, fasting when there is a need, almsgiving. Preaching, teaching and sharing in Jesus name. Loving one another as He loved us.

My Jesus my Christ as we await Your return. We gladly trim our wick and oil our lamps. That one day soon we will attend Your Heavenly Banquet as You promised. Amen

First reading
1 Corinthians 1:17-25

Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the Good News, and not to preach that in the terms of philosophy in which the crucifixion of Christ cannot be expressed. The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save. As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see now how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God’s wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach. And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a cry, “The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.” At this, all those bridesmaids woke up and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.” But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.” They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. The other bridesmaids arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said “open the door for us.” But he replied, “I tell you solemnly, I do not know you.” So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.’