Archive for September 24, 2016

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.

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 24, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We have been all given a youthful and vibrant spirit even though for some of us it may be trapped in an old person’s body. So that we might all give glory and praise to God our Father by the way we live out our lives. And we must choose if we want to serve the Lord and our brethren with zeal and love or to give in to our passions and live for ourselves.

There is no resurrection without the cross, and so we must bear our crosses as we journey onward. So that we too can rise with Him, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. That is how we live our new life in Him day to day; till we are a. reunited in Heaven. Amen

First reading
Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8

Rejoice in your youth, you who are young; let your heart give you joy in your young days. Follow the promptings of your heart and the desires of your eyes.

But this you must know: for all these things God will bring you to judgement.

Cast worry from your heart,
shield your flesh from pain.

Yet youth, the age of dark hair, is vanity. And remember your creator in the days of your youth, before evil days come and the years approach when you say, ‘These give me no pleasure’, before sun and light and moon and stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; the day when those who keep the house tremble and strong men are bowed; when the women grind no longer at the mill, because day is darkening at the windows and the street doors are shut; when the sound of the mill is faint, when the voice of the bird is silenced, and song notes are stilled, when to go uphill is an ordeal and a walk is something to dread.

Yet the almond tree is in flower, the grasshopper is heavy with food and the caper bush bears its fruit, while man goes to his everlasting home. And the mourners are already walking to and fro in the street before the silver cord has snapped, or the golden lamp been broken, or the pitcher shattered at the spring, or the pulley cracked at the well, or before the dust returns to the earth as it once came from it, and the breath to God who gave it.

Vanity of vanities, the Preacher says. All is vanity.

Luke 9:43-45

At a time when everyone was full of admiration for all he did, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘For your part, you must have these words constantly in your mind: The Son of Man is going to be handed over into the power of men.’ But they did not understand him when he said this; it was hidden from them so that they should not see the meaning of it, and they were afraid to ask him about what he had just said.