Archive for March 15, 2017

A short reflection on children 

Posted: March 15, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

When Jesus said “‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’” one of the firsts that should come to mind are children. Matt 25:45
Many are entrusted as guardians of these little ones by God our Father, whether they are called parents, teachers, Cathechists and so on. Hence are we serving them with great love and humility?

Do you truly welcome them with a warm smile, an embrace in His love? Or instead frown upon them looking at the many tasks that you would have to perform for them?

Will shouting and screaming at them out of frustration allow them to better hear you? Better learn from their mistakes? Are you not imprisoning them in fear?

If you do not feed them adequate food or drink please don’t use tough love as an excuse! Are you worried that God our Father will not provide? Even if you have to pay out of pocket will you not be rewarded? How will they hunger and thirst after God, when their bellies are empty and a void placed in their hearts by your indifference?

If you cannot love them as you so love yourself then you are not fit for the Kingdom of God.

Lord Jesus have mercy on us, teach us and show us the way, the truth and the life we are to lead. Amen

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: March 15, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Make no mistake a follower of Jesus, a disciple will have to face trials and challenges. Even rejection and often times be the subject of gossip. However carrying our cross and following Him brings no greater joy. For His peace and love is ourpoured on us.

For we did not choose Him but He chose us. And loved us even while we were sinners. To draw closer to our master this Lent is to accept with great love that we are mere servants for one another. And there is no greater title anyone can bestow on us, for it is given by the Lord of Lords, King of kings and it was He who laid down His life for us.

Lord Jesus let me serve You as you want me to, by serving the least of my brethren. Grant me what I need to do this effectively. Amen

First reading
Jeremiah 18:18-20

‘Come on,’ they said, ‘let us concoct a plot against Jeremiah; the priest will not run short of instruction without him, nor the sage of advice, nor the prophet of the word. Come on, let us hit at him with his own tongue; let us listen carefully to every word he says.’

Listen to me, O Lord,
hear what my adversaries are saying. Should evil be returned for good? For they are digging a pit for me. Remember how I stood in your presence to plead on their behalf, to turn your wrath away from them.

Matthew 20:17-28

Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, and on the way he took the Twelve to one side and said to them, ‘Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the pagans to be mocked and scourged and crucified; and on the third day he will rise again.’
Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came with her sons to make a request of him, and bowed low; and he said to her, ‘What is it you want?’ She said to him, ‘Promise that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your kingdom.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus answered. ‘Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ ‘Very well,’ he said ‘you shall drink my cup, but as for seats at my right hand and my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted by my Father.’ When the other ten heard this they were indignant with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that among the pagans the rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave, just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’