Archive for September 12, 2016

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 12, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

In our busyness have we forgotten the reason for our gathering as a community? Of what it means to be in communion with Jesus and our sisters and brothers? Are we quick to jump straight into a meeting to address and solve issues instead of beginning with prayer and adoration of our Lord of whom we are gathered.

In the Eucharistic Celebration are we late to come in and the first to leave before the celebrant. What does it say about our love and reverence for God? What does it say about our love if any for our community of sisters and brothers in Christ whom we are in Holy ‘communion’ with? Is it OK to talk in the church hall just before, during and immediately after the Eucharist Celebration? Are we not on sacred ground? Should we not be praying instead? Whom have we put our faith in? Where is the faith we proudly recite in the Creed?

We have been given the most precious gift of our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Eucharist. The source and summit of our faith. And while we are truly not worthy to receive Him, it is He alone who makes us worthy. Let us honour and cherish our Lord Jesus by always remembering that it is He who unites us all. Through Him we are one and we must stand together as one in all we say and do. Amen

First reading
1 Corinthians 11:17-26,33

On the subject of instructions, I cannot say that you have done well in holding meetings that do you more harm than good. In the first place, I hear that when you all come together as a community, there are separate factions among you, and I half believe it – since there must no doubt be separate groups among you, to distinguish those who are to be trusted. The point is, when you hold these meetings, it is not the Lord’s Supper that you are eating, since when the time comes to eat, everyone is in such a hurry to start his own supper that one person goes hungry while another is getting drunk. Surely you have homes for eating and drinking in? Surely you have enough respect for the community of God not to make poor people embarrassed? What am I to say to you? Congratulate you? I cannot congratulate you on this.

For this is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death, So to sum up, my dear brothers, when you meet for the Meal, wait for one another.

Luke 7:1-10

When Jesus had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he went into Capernaum. A centurion there had a servant, a favourite of his, who was sick and near death. Having heard about Jesus he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus they pleaded earnestly with him. ‘He deserves this of you’ they said ‘because he is friendly towards our people; in fact, he is the one who built the synagogue.’ So Jesus went with them, and was not very far from the house when the centurion sent word to him by some friends: ‘Sir,’ he said ‘do not put yourself to trouble; because I am not worthy to have you under my roof; and for this same reason I did not presume to come to you myself; but give the word and let my servant be cured. For I am under authority myself, and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man: Go, and he goes; to another: Come here, and he comes; to my servant: Do this, and he does it.’ When Jesus heard these words he was astonished at him and, turning round, said to the crowd following him, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found faith like this.’ And when the messengers got back to the house they found the servant in perfect health.