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Posted: November 1, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

A tiny reflection..

I had an opportunity to attend the lunch time Eucharistic Celebration and to sing gleefully with my fellow choir members. It was a wonderful celebration, with a beautiful homily. But something was sadly missing….. Incense! Unfortunately because it was celebrated in an exhibition hall, incense and candles are not allowed. Only electric or battery operated candles are permitted.

The whole atmosphere is very different when there are candles and incense. I am indeed joyful that I opted to attend the celebration again this evening. To experience the love of Christ permeated through the perfumed air. To see our prayers rise to Heaven and uniting with that of the Saints in Heaven. Glory and Praise be to God! Amen

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: November 1, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How wonderful it is to remember all the Saints who have gone before us. Who lived the beatitudes in their lives and who are now interceding for us and cheering us on to do likewise . So that one day soon we might stand together with them hand in hand praising and glorifying the Lord our God.

What are the beatitudes? But a guided way to live out the two divine commandments for us . That we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength. And to love one another as He loved us. We are able to do so because by our baptism we have been anointed and sealed. And by uniting our will win His, the Holy Spirit will lead us every step of the way. This is what it means to be a child of God. . .

We are saints on our pilgrim journey to becoming one with the Saints in Heaven. Amen

All you Saints and Angels pray for us . . . .

First reading
Apocalypse 7:2-4,9-14

I, John, saw another angel rising where the sun rises, carrying the seal of the living God; he called in a powerful voice to the four angels whose duty was to devastate land and sea, ‘Wait before you do any damage on land or at sea or to the trees, until we have put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.’ Then I heard how many were sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel.
After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. They shouted aloud, ‘Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels who were standing in a circle round the throne, surrounding the elders and the four animals, prostrated themselves before the throne, and touched the ground with their foreheads, worshipping God with these words, ‘Amen. Praise and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God for ever and ever. Amen.’
One of the elders then spoke, and asked me, ‘Do you know who these people are, dressed in white robes, and where they have come from?’ I answered him, ‘You can tell me, my lord.’ Then he said, ‘These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb.’

Second reading
1 John 3:1-3

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,
by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him
because we shall see him as he really is. Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ.

Matthew 5:1-12

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

‘How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle:
they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn:
they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right:
they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful:
they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart:
they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers:
they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.’