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A little on church unity 

Posted: January 16, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

A little On Church Unity
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Do we stop loving the priest and Levite who walked past the man in need of help? Do we stop loving the elder brother who refused to join in the celebration of the homecoming of his younger brother? Do we stop loving the nine lepers who offered no thanks? Do we stop loving Simon who was critical of Mary being a sinner in his house?

Would Jesus stop loving any of these? Whom did He come for?

And yet we ourselves are often critical of them? For their lack of love, their lack of faith? Have we forgotten that we were perhaps at one time or another very much like some of them?

So we should never be discouraged with the attitude of those still very new in their journey nor should we walk away on our own from our Church family.

Flawed as we are, sinners that we are, we are loved and blessed our Heavenly Father who sent His Son Jesus to break the bonds that scatter us. We are united and can stand united through Him alone.

Let us pay heed to what the Lord had spoken to us through His word….

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:16

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
1 Corinthians 1:10

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. Romans 16:17

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Romans 14:1

For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:13 

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had. Romans 15:5

Amen

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: January 16, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


What is our role as ‘priest’ through our baptism;for our family, our friends and our community?

It is to reconcile them with the Lord our God. We are the bridge for which their path becomes clear. All of us as one body in Christ should then lead one another into life of Holiness through and with Him.

Let us, who have new life in Him never turn back and decide only to follow our Lord Jesus Christ now and forever. Amen

First reading
Hebrews 5:1-10

Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself, but each one is called by God, as Aaron was. Nor did Christ give himself the glory of becoming high priest, but he had it from the one who said to him: You are my son, today I have become your father, and in another text: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever. During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel
Mark 2:18-22

One day when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and said to him, ‘Why is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely the bridegroom’s attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they could not think of fasting. But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then, on that day, they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak; if he does, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. And nobody puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins too. No! New wine, fresh skins!’