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On Today’s Gospel 

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


I am no better than anyone else, I am just as good. My joy, my reward comes from serving our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is an attitude we should adopt and live,in servitude of our Lord and our brethren. For only then can we call ourselves disciples. Only then can love as we should and put that love into action.

Jesus paid a debt He did not owe. For us who could not repay. So that liberated from the bonds of death through sin, we might live life to the full in Him.

Let us emulate His love for us in servitude of the least of our brethren. Amen

First reading
Philippians 2:1-4

If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. That is the one thing which would make me completely happy. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the other person to be better than yourself, So that nobody thinks of his own interests first but everybody thinks of other people’s interests instead.

Gospel
Luke 14:12-14

Jesus said to his host, one of the leading Pharisees, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: October 29, 2016 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Lover of Souls:Scott Hahn Reflects on the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 
Wisdom 11:22-12
1 Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10
 

Our Lord is a lover of souls, the Liturgy shows us today. As we sing in today’s Psalm, He is slow to anger and compassionate towards all that He has made.

In His mercy, our First Reading tells us, He overlooks our sins and ignorance, giving us space that we might repent and not perish in our sinfulness (see Wisdom 12:10; 2 Peter 3:9).

In Jesus, He has become the Savior of His children, coming himself to save the lost (see Isaiah 63:8-9; Ezekiel 34:16).

In the figure of Zacchaeus in today’s Gospel, we have a portrait of a lost soul. He is a tax collector, by profession a “sinner” excluded from Israel’s religious life. Not only that, he is a “chief tax collector.” Worse still, he is a rich man who has apparently gained his living by fraud.

But Zacchaeus’ faith brings salvation to his house. He expresses his faith in his fervent desire to “see” Jesus, even humbling himself to climb a tree just to watch Him pass by. While those of loftier religious stature react to Jesus with grumbling, Zacchaeus receives Him with joy.

Zacchaeus is not like the other rich men Jesus meets or tells stories about (seeLuke 12:16-21; 16:19-31; 18:18-25). He repents, vowing to pay restitution to those he has cheated and to give half of his money to the poor.

By his humility he is exalted, made worthy to welcome the Lord into his house. By his faith, he is justified, made a descendant of Abraham (see Romans 4:16-17).

As He did last week, Jesus is again using a tax collector to show us the faith and humility we need to obtain salvation.

We are also called to seek Jesus daily with repentant hearts. And we should make our own Paul’s prayer in today’s Epistle: that God might make us worthy of His calling, that by our lives we might give glory to the name of Jesus.

On Today’s Gospel 

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


Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ!

There can be no further growth in our faith or love for Jesus if we do not see others as equal or better than ourselves. If we are not humble in our learning and practice of our faith found in Him.

If He is truly our master then we must be His humble slaves. Seeking only to love and serve Him. And nothing would please Him more than that we love and serve the least of our brethren and to do the will of our Heavenly Father. For this while we call ourselves slaves, He calls us friends. There is no greater joy than to have Jesus as a friend.

Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Philippians 1:18-26

Christ is proclaimed; and that makes me happy; and I shall continue being happy, because I know this will help to save me, thanks to your prayers and to the help which will be given to me by the Spirit of Jesus. My one hope and trust is that I shall never have to admit defeat, but that now as always I shall have the courage for Christ to be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results – I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake. This weighs with me so much that I feel sure I shall survive and stay with you all, and help you to progress in the faith and even increase your joy in it; and so you will have another reason to give praise to Christ Jesus on my account when I am with you again.

Gospel
Luke 14:1,7-11

On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’

On Today’s Gospel 

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


You and I are saints. 

For by virtue of our baptism, we were born into new life of Holiness in Christ Jesus our Lord. Even our bodies become Holy temples for the Lord God to dwell. What delight and joy it is for such truth to be revealed to us sons and daughters of God our heavenly Father . 

In deep prayer and in communion with our Lord it is our duty to ponder deeply and reflect on the glorious mysteries He has revealed so that we may live our lives more fully according to His Will . 

One day soon we will all be reunited with the Holy Saints in Heaven And so just like the Saints before us, we will strive each day to do His will for us with a sense of inquiry and passion. Amen 

St Simon and St Jude pray for us. 

First reading
Ephesians 2:19-22

You are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.

Gospel
Luke 6:12-16

Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them ‘apostles’: Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.

On Today’s Gospel 

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


It is true that having a conversion of heart and by the powerful grace of Jesus through the Sacrament of reconciliation; evil and sin are cast out from us . We are set free to live our lives to the full through, with and in Him.

We must then strive for Holiness, remaining steadfast in faith through prayer, listening to His Word for us through scripture, frequent reception of His graces through the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Eucharist; and perform good works in His name.

Be aware that evil lurks to rob us of our relationship with the Lord our God. But fear not, the abominations can do nothing when we are fortified by the blood of Jesus. The heavy price paid for our redemption.

Let us as one body in Christ, love, care for and walk together hand in hand on our pilgrim journey back home to our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading
Ephesians 6:10-20

Grow strong in the Lord, with the strength of his power. Put God’s armour on so as to be able to resist the devil’s tactics. For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against the Sovereignties and the Powers who originate the darkness in this world, the spiritual army of evil in the heavens. That is why you must rely on God’s armour, or you will not be able to put up any resistance when the worst happens, or have enough resources to hold your ground.
So stand your ground, with truth buckled round your waist, and integrity for a breastplate, wearing for shoes on your feet the eagerness to spread the gospel of peace and always carrying the shield of faith so that you can use it to put out the burning arrows of the evil one. And then you must accept salvation from God to be your helmet and receive the word of God from the Spirit to use as a sword.
Pray all the time, asking for what you need, praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion. Never get tired of staying awake to pray for all the saints; and pray for me to be given an opportunity to open my mouth and speak without fear and give out the mystery of the gospel of which I am an ambassador in chains; pray that in proclaiming it I may speak as boldly as I ought to.

Gospel
Luke 13:31-35

Some Pharisees came up. ‘Go away’ they said. ‘Leave this place, because Herod means to kill you.’ He replied, ‘You may go and give that fox this message: Learn that today and tomorrow I cast out devils and on the third day attain my end. But for today and tomorrow and the next day I must go on, since it would not be right for a prophet to die outside Jerusalem. ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often have I longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused! So be it! Your house will be left to you. Yes, I promise you, you shall not see me till the time comes when you say:

‘Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!’

Adoring The Lord

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


About a month back I received a prompting of sorts to lead an Adoration session whereby the group would come together to give thanks praise and deeper worship without asking a single petition. In my mind I had planned it to be meditative, reflective and combined with Taize.

I grew pretty excited about it but could not decide which group to lead first, my LTW community or my EMC Ministry members? After a while I decided to try it out with the latter but learnt that our group was scheduled to run a session only early next year

So while I shelved the idea for a while, I was still trying to figure out the flow in my mind. Then to my great surprise and astonishment I was asked yesterday to lead an adoration session for the facilitators of the on going Life in the Spirit Seminar while the participants went for reconciliation.. I said Yes even though I had not planned every detail and decided to be docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

This evening as I was heading out to dinner first before making my way to church. A thought came to my mind, to bring along tea light candles. So I grabbed a small box of it without checking how many there were and quickly cut up small square sheets of aluminum foil to place them below the candles. Again I didn’t bother to count how many squares I cut as I was in a hurry.

Upon reaching the Church I managed to squeeze in a quick reconciliation for myself before heading on to the Adoration room to setup the candles. Lo and behold I had exactly enough aluminum squares for each candle that was in the box! Praise the Lord!

The Adoration session was wonderful and grace filled to me as I received much consolations throughout. I only pray the participants had the same if not more wonderful experience of the Lord.

Thank You sweet Jesus! All Glory and Praise be Yours alone!

On Today’s Gospel 

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

What we often see with our eyes are strangers in the world. And so we go about our business in that very manner. Recognizing only those whom we know intimately and acknowledging them as friend or family. But what if we looked at everyone through the eyes of Christ? What will we see? Would it not be that everyone belonged to God our Heavenly Father, and we are His children?

We are hence called to love and treat one another as a beloved child of God. And we can only do so with the love of Jesus Christ our Lord which flows through us. For He dwells in us who live according to His Word, who seek first the Kingdom of the Lord our God.

I honour You O Heavenly Father by honouring my parents. I honour You O Heavenly Father as I love and bring my children up according to Your Will. I honour You O Heavenly by loving, caring for my sisters and brothers in Christ; especially for the least of my brethren. I honour You O Heavenly as I honour and obey the Holy Spirit sent to lead and guide me. I honour You O Heavenly as I honour Your Son my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom I love deeply. Now and forever. Amen

What we often see with our eyes are strangers in the world. And so we go about our business in that very manner. Recognizing only those whom we know intimately and acknowledging them as friend or family. But what if we looked at everyone through the eyes of Christ? What will we see? Would it not be that everyone belonged to God our Heavenly Father, and we are His children?
We are hence called to love and treat one another as a beloved child of God. And we can only do so with the love of Jesus Christ our Lord which flows through us. For He dwells in us who live according to His Word, who seek first the Kingdom of the Lord our God.
I honour You O Heavenly Father by honouring my parents. I honour You O Heavenly Father as I love and bring my children up according to Your Will. I honour You O Heavenly by loving, caring for my sisters and brothers in Christ; especially for the least of my brethren.  I honour You O Heavenly as I honour and obey the Holy Spirit sent to lead and guide me. I honour You O Heavenly as I honour Your Son my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom I love deeply. Now and forever. Amen
First reading

Ephesians 6:1-9
Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord – that is your duty. The commandment that has a promise attached to it is: Honour your father and mother, and the promise is: and you will prosper and have a long life in the land. And parents, never drive your children to resentment but in bringing them up correct them and guide them as the Lord does.

Slaves, be obedient to the men who are called your masters in this world, with deep respect and sincere loyalty, as you are obedient to Christ: not only when you are under their eye, as if you had only to please men, but because you are slaves of Christ and wholeheartedly do the will of God. Work hard and willingly, but do it for the sake of the Lord and not for the sake of men. You can be sure that everyone, whether a slave or a free man, will be properly rewarded by the Lord for whatever work he has done well. And those of you who are employers, treat your slaves in the same spirit; do without threats, remembering that they and you have the same Master in heaven and he is not impressed by one person more than by another.
Gospel

Luke 13:22-30
Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!”

‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.

‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’

First reading
Ephesians 6:1-9

Children, be obedient to your parents in the Lord – that is your duty. The commandment that has a promise attached to it is: Honour your father and mother, and the promise is: and you will prosper and have a long life in the land. And parents, never drive your children to resentment but in bringing them up correct them and guide them as the Lord does.
Slaves, be obedient to the men who are called your masters in this world, with deep respect and sincere loyalty, as you are obedient to Christ: not only when you are under their eye, as if you had only to please men, but because you are slaves of Christ and wholeheartedly do the will of God. Work hard and willingly, but do it for the sake of the Lord and not for the sake of men. You can be sure that everyone, whether a slave or a free man, will be properly rewarded by the Lord for whatever work he has done well. And those of you who are employers, treat your slaves in the same spirit; do without threats, remembering that they and you have the same Master in heaven and he is not impressed by one person more than by another.

Gospel
Luke 13:22-30

Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.
‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!”
‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’