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Staying Awake…. 

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

Staying awake this Advent…

Here are some reflective questions to see if you are staying awake.

1. Have you been too rigid in your approach with others instead of being more loving?

2. Are you journeying in hopeful anticipation or have you begun celebrating and Merry making?

3. Do you praise and thank God for His blessings upon you and family or have you been too busy?

4. Have you told your spouse, children, dad, mom, siblings that you love them?

5. Have you invited a friend or a Parishioner to journey with you this Advent through the advent reflections?

6. Have you given much or any thought in joining a community so as to grow in your faith and standing together as a watchful community of Christ?

7. What are the gifts you are offering to Jesus this Christmas?

On Today’s Gospel 

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

What sort of faith have you?

Is it an expectant faith born of a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ? Or one that surfaces only in need or when in a crisis.

Let our faith be one in which we can say proudly with our hearts singing His praises that Jesus our Lord dwells in us. And so we live not for ourselves but in love and servitude of others. Presenting their needs before Him having the faith that in His mercy and love He will answer our prayers for them.

Lord Jesus thank You for the gift of my faith in You. All Glory be to the Holy Trinity now and forever. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 4:2-6

That day, the branch of the Lord shall be beauty and glory, and the fruit of the earth shall be the pride and adornment of Israel’s survivors.Those who are left of Zion and remain of Jerusalem shall be called holy and those left in Jerusalem, noted down for survival.

When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughter of Zion and cleansed Jerusalem of the blood shed in her with the blast of judgement and the blast of destruction, the Lord will come and rest on the whole stretch of Mount Zion and on those who are gathered there, a cloud by day, and smoke, and by night the brightness of a flaring fire. For, over all, the glory of the Lord
will be a canopy and a tent to give shade by day from the heat, refuge and shelter from the storm and the rain.

Matthew 8:5-11

When Jesus went into Capernaum a centurion came up and pleaded with him. ‘Sir,’ he said ‘my servant is lying at home paralysed, and in great pain.’ ‘I will come myself and cure him’ said Jesus. The centurion replied, ‘Sir, I am not worthy to have you under my roof; just give the word and my servant will 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 this he was astonished and said to those following him, ‘I tell you solemnly, nowhere in Israel have I found faith like this. And I tell you that many will come from east and west to take their places with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven.’