Archive for September, 2016

On Today’s Gospel 

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

Do not remain stubborn any longer. Do not allow your pride or your finite wisdom to blind you to the glory of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. For the almighty and ever living God wants to give you life to the full!

Be humble, repent and accept the grace of Jesus who will breathe new life into you. Do not live in the shadows any longer, come into the light through the Sacrament of reconciliation. Be nourished by the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Be one with Him as we are united as one through Him.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Job 38:1,12-21,40:3-5

From the heart of the tempest the Lord gave Job his answer. He said:

Have you ever in your life given orders to the morning or sent the dawn to its post, telling it to grasp the earth by its and shake the wicked out of it,when it changes the earth to sealing and dyes it as a man dyes clothes stealing the light from wicked men and breaking the arm raised to strike?

Have you journeyed all the way to the sources of the sea,
or walked where the Abyss is deepest?Have you been shown the gates of or met the janitors of Shadowland? Have you an inkling of the extent of the earth?

Tell me all about it if you have!
Which is the way to the home of the light, and where does darkness live? You could then show them the way to their proper places, ;or put them on the path to where they live!

If you know all this, you must have been born with them,
you must be very old by now!

Job replied to the Lord:

My words have been frivolous: what can I reply? I had better lay my finger on my lips.I have spoken once… I will not speak again; more than once… I will add nothing.

Luke 10:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. And still, it will not go as hard with Tyre and Sidon at the Judgement as with you. And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be exalted high as heaven? You shall be thrown down to hell.‘Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me, and those who reject me reject the one who sent me.’

On Today’s Gospel 

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

Today as we celebrate the feast day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael who are mentioned in scripture by name; we also call to mind our own guardian Angels. Whose primary job is to guard and guide us. Who is like God? The power of God and our God who heals are manifested in the Archangels names and deeds. And they draw us closer into a deeper understanding of God our Father’s love for us. Likewise our powerful allies, our guardian angels will help us every step of the way.

Let us remember that by our baptism into our Lord Jesus Christ, we are all called to be Holy as our Heavenly Father is Holy. And so together with the Angels and the Saints we shall sing God’s praises and glory. Let us pray that one day soon we will all be reunited in Heaven. Amen

First reading
Daniel 7:9-10,13-14

As I watched:

Thrones were set in place
and one of great age took his seat.His robe was white as snow,the hair of his head as pure as wool.His throne was a blaze of flames, its wheels were a burning fire. A stream of fire poured out, issuing from his presence. A thousand thousand waited on him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.

A court was held;and the books were opened.

And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence.On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants. His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever be destroyed.

John 1:47-51

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.’ ‘How do you know me?’ said Nathanael ‘Before Philip came to call you,’ said Jesus ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.’ Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’ And then he added ‘I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.’

On Today’s Gospel 

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

Indeed the Lord our God is merciful, loving and kind. There is no doubt about it. However no one should ever take His benevolence for granted. We must know our rightful place and be reverent at all times before Him.

It is our hearts He wants to transform for it is there He seeks to dwell. Wanting to follow Him in words is lip-service unless we put our hands and feet into action.

Leave the spiritually dead behind and move on quickly to save as many souls as we can in the limited time we have. Let us build His kingdom with our hearts, minds and with great joy.

We who have made up our minds to follow Jesus, must move forwards in His peace and the Holy Spirit will guide us every step of the way. Never should we look back always keeping our eyes focused on Him; as He leads us closer each day into His Kingdom. Amen

First reading
Job 9:1-13,14-16

Job spoke to his friends:

Indeed, I know it is as you say:
how can man be in the right against God? If any were so rash as to challenge him for reasons, one in a thousand would be more than they could answer.

His heart is wise, and his strength is great: who then can successfully defy him? He moves the mountains, though they do not know it; he throws them down when he is angry.

He shakes the earth, and moves it from its place, making all its pillars tremble. The sun, at his command, forbears to rise, and on the stars he sets a seal. He and no other stretched out the skies, and trampled the Sea’s tall waves.The Bear, Orion too, are of his making, the Pleiades and the Mansions of the South.

His works are great, beyond all reckoning, his marvels, past all counting. Were he to pass me, I should not see him, nor detect his stealthy movement. Were he to snatch a prize, who could prevent him, or dare to say, ‘What are you doing?’ God never goes back on his anger, Rahab’s minions still lie at his feet.

How dare I plead my cause, then, or choose arguments against him? Suppose I am in the right, what use is my defence? For he whom I must sue is judge as well. If he deigned to answer my citation, could I be sure that he would listen to my voice?

Luke 9:57-62

As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’

Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’

Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

On Today’s Gospel 

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

Who among us does not feel the pain of rejection? Very few can stoically bear injustices, mistreatments or being humiliated. It is right and good to cry out to the Lord in such trying times. To lament over all that pains us. And He our merciful Lord and God will surely hear us.

Do not give in to the temptation of pride or allow yourself to be filled with indignation. Continue instead to remain steadfast in prayer, be healed through the sacraments and receive the graces to persevere and be filled with His peace and joy.

For the Lord our God has a plan for us. And it is good. Amen

First reading
Job 3:1-3,11-17,20-23

Job broke the silence and cursed the day of his birth. This is what he said:

May the day perish when I was born, and the night that told of a boy conceived.Why did I not die new-born, not perish as I left the womb?

Why were there two knees to receive me,two breasts for me to suck? Had there not been, I should now be lying in peace, wrapped in a restful slumber, with the kings and high viziers of earth who build themselves vast vaults, or with princes who have gold and to spare
and houses crammed with silver.

Or put away like a still-born child that never came to be, like unborn babes that never see the light. Down there, bad men bustle no more, there the weary rest.

Why give light to a man of grief? Why give life to those bitter of heart, who long for a death that never comes, and hunt for it more than for a buried treasure? They would be glad to see the grave mound and shout with joy if they reached the tomb.

Why make this gift of light to a man who does not see his way,
whom God baulks on every side?

Luke 9:51-56

As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?’ But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village.

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 26, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Stripped of worldly attachments including want of honour, power and wealth; the faithful will see and hear God.
And we the children of God our Father will be cared for. Our only concern then will be to glorify Him by serving and caring for one another.

Let us Christians unite, stand hand in hand in prayer and in the fortitude of our faith in Christ Jesus as we battle against the evil in the world. Amen

First reading
Job 1:6-22

One day the Sons of God came to attend on the Lord, and among them was Satan. So the Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you been?’ ‘Round the earth,’ he answered ‘roaming about.’ So the Lord asked him, ‘Did you notice my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth: a sound and honest man who fears God and shuns evil.’ ‘Yes,’ Satan said ‘but Job is not God-fearing for nothing, is he? Have you not put a wall round him and his house and all his domain? You have blessed all he undertakes, and his flocks throng the countryside. But stretch out your hand and lay a finger on his possessions: I warrant you, he will curse you to your face.’ ‘Very well,’ the Lord said to Satan ‘all he has is in your power. But keep your hands off his person.’ So Satan left the presence of the Lord.

On the day when Job’s sons and daughters were at their meal and drinking wine at their eldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job. ‘Your oxen’ he said ‘were at the plough, with the donkeys grazing at their side, when the Sabaeans swept down on them and carried them off. Your servants they put to the sword: I alone escaped to tell you.’ He had not finished speaking when another messenger arrived. ‘The fire of God’ he said ‘has fallen from the heavens and burnt up all your sheep, and your shepherds too: I alone escaped to tell you.’ He had not finished speaking when another messenger arrived. ‘The Chaldaeans,’ he said ‘three bands of them, have raided your camels and made off with them. Your servants they put to the sword: I alone escaped to tell you.’ He had not finished speaking when another messenger arrived. ‘Your sons and daughters’ he said ‘were at their meal and drinking wine at their eldest brother’s house, when suddenly from the wilderness a gale sprang up, and it battered all four corners of the house which fell in on the young people. They are dead: I alone escaped to tell you.’

Job rose and tore his gown and shaved his head. Then falling to the ground he worshipped and said:

‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked I shall return. The Lord gave, the Lord has taken back. Blessed be the name of the Lord!’

In all this misfortune Job committed no sin nor offered any insult to God.

Luke 9:46-50

An argument started between the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child and set him by his side and then said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For the least among you all, that is the one who is great.’
John spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said ‘we saw a man casting out devils in your name, and because he is not with us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘You must not stop him: anyone who is not against you is for you.’

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 24, 2016 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

​A Great Chasm: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 6:1, 4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today’s Liturgy—not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering at their door.

The complacent leaders in today’s First Reading feast on fine foods and wines, reveling while the house of Joseph, the kingdom of Israel (see Amos 5:6), collapses around them.

The rich man in today’s Gospel also lives like a king—dressed in royal purple and fine linen (see 1 Maccabees 8:14).

The rich man symbolizes Israel’s failure to keep the Old Covenant, to heed the commandments of Moses and the prophets. This is the sin of the rulers in today’s First Reading. Born to the nation God favored first, they could claim Abraham as their father. But for their failure to give – their inheritance is taken away.
The rulers are exiled from their homeland. The rich man is punished with an exile far greater—eternity with a “great chasm” fixed between himself and God.
In this world, the rich and powerful make a name for themselves (see Genesis 11:4) and dine sumptuously, while the poor remain anonymous, refused an invitation to their feasts.

But notice that the Lord today knows Lazarus by name, and Joseph in his sufferings—while the leaders and the rich man have no name.

Today’s Liturgy is a call to repentance—to heed the warning of One who was raised from the dead. To lay hold of the eternal life He promises, we must pursue righteousness and keep the commandment of love, as Paul exhorts in today’s Epistle.

“The Lord loves the just,” we sing in today’s Psalm.

And in this Eucharist we have a foretaste of the love that will be ours in the next life—when He will raise the lowly to the heavenly banquet with Abraham and the prophets (see Luke 13:28), where we too will rest our heads on the bosom of our Lord (see John 13:23).

LTW Community

Posted: September 24, 2016 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Those of you thinking of starting your own neighbourhood or small Christian communites may want to consider some or all of these….

Sharing with you a little on our SCC which is now five years old.

​💟Living The Word Community💟
We are a community built upon the rock which is Christ Jesus. Our foundation is one of faith, trust, humility, love and accountability to one another.

Here are the rules we live by:

1. Our Community belongs to the Holy Trinity.

2. We come together to pray as one, break the Word and strive to live the Word in our daily lives.

3. We make ourselves present not for ourselves but for one another. (Ecclesial)

4. Wherever we are gathered together, we are gathered in Jesus’s name and the ground we are gathered upon becomes sacred ground for open sharing.

5. We bring something to the table no matter how little or small to share in fellowship.

6. We are outward looking always seeking to share with others the love and fraternal bonds we have grown into by the grace of God our Father.

7. We work to deepen our faith by learning and sharing with one another what we have learnt. Our desire to grow never ends.

8. We are a community that affirms one another and encourages one another to use the gifts and charisms we have been given.

9. We must continually renew ourselves in Jesus through the frequent reception of the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.

10. We are one body in Christ. Something which we must always ponder deeply over and hold dear to our hearts. Especially during trials and challenges. The cross we bear is the cross of Christ our Saviour.