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Deeper Forgiveness

Posted: September 19, 2016 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Journeying through the year of Mercy deeply reflecting on Compassion, Mercy and Forgiveness has been fruitful.

I have come to realisation that we all have need of mercy and forgiveness at one time or another. We had turned to our loving Father pleading that He be compassionate and merciful for the many sins against Him. We prayed through the Psalms that He blot out our offences and remember Not our sins. How can we then say to our brother or sister ok I forgive but I will never forget? How can we withhold our forgiveness when Jesus did not withhold His forgiveness and forgave all of us as He hung from the cross?

Personally I had suffered personal attacks of character assassination through gossip, been hurt and disillusioned with three very close friends beginning late last year and early this year. I was angered, hurt and saddened all at the same time. I prayed for the strength to forgive and the fortitude to let it all go.

Slowly but surely through deep prayer and reflection I managed to forgive them in my heart. I could not see however any chance of reconciliation since they were not on speaking terms with me. I decided that regardless the situation I would offer them up at every Eucharist, praying for their healing and well being.

After about three months one of them came up to me after the Saturday morning Eucharist gave me hug and made peace. The following week on Sunday morning the second one crossed paths with me outside the confessional we hugged and made peace. The next week I received a message through a friend that the third one wanted to meet up on Sunday to make peace. I was astounded and in awe of the mysterious Grace of God which was working in our lives.

I took to prayer immediately thanking the Lord for His great love, compassion and the graces of His divine mercy which flows from His heart. He then spoke this message to my heart, “A disciple of mine should only concern himself with the saving of a soul. Be it an errant or lost one. There is nothing more precious to me. And it should be just as precious to you as your soul is to me.”

My lord and God, my Jesus, thank you for this profound message. Help me to live it out according to Your Will. Amen

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 19, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Many think that to live humbly in service of the Lord is to live inconspicuously as possible. While it may be true for the few whose hearts thrive to be in the limelight; it is not so for all. We must never hide or live in the shadows.

As children of God our Father, we are children of the light. And so must live in the light. Bringing the light of Jesus Christ our Lord to all whom we meet. It is the in the light of our actions that we bring Glory to God our Heavenly Father.

Lord Jesus give me the courage, wisdom and strength to boldly proclaim Your love for all in word and deed. Amen

First reading
Proverbs 3:27-34

My son, do not refuse a kindness to anyone who begs it, if it is in your power to perform it. Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Go away! Come another time! I will give it you tomorrow’, if you can do it now.

Do not plot harm against your neighbour as he lives unsuspecting next door.

Do not pick a groundless quarrel with a man who has done you no harm. Do not emulate the man of violence, never model your conduct on his; for the wilful wrong-doer is abhorrent to the Lord, who confides only in honest men. The Lord’s curse lies on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the virtuous.

He mocks those who mock, but accords his favour to the humble.

Luke 8:16-18

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light. So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.’