Archive for August, 2017

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 31, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We are all on our pilgrim journey back to the heavenly fold. And no one should be on this journey alone.

In His wisdom and great love, our Lord commanded that we should love one another. Indicating that we should support and help one another through this arduous journey riddled with trials and challenges. To remind one another to stay alert and to be wary of the lion that prowls the earth seeking the ruin of souls.

Let us hold steadfast, awake then my dear sisters and brothers; in prayer and fellowship. Constantly renewing ourselves through the graces received through the Holy sacraments made available to us by the grace of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. As we wait in joyful hope of His return. Amen

First reading
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13

Brothers, your faith has been a great comfort to us in the middle of our own troubles and sorrows; now we can breathe again, as you are still holding firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you, for all the joy we feel before our God on your account? We are earnestly praying night and day to be able to see you face to face again and make up any shortcomings in your faith.
May God our Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, make it easy for us to come to you. May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you. And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints.

Matthew 24:42-51

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
‘What sort of servant, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you solemnly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the dishonest servant who says to himself, “My master is taking his time,” and sets about beating his fellow servants and eating and drinking with drunkards, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 30, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Whom can the Lord our God entrust to lead His people? Are you one of them?

Do you love Him and trust Him with all your heart, mind, strength and soul? Do you say yes to His call even if you are not comfortable
Or sure of your capabilities? Do you love the community which you serve? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to lead them closer to the Lord? Do you speak the truth always and act with integrity to glorify the Lord in all you say or do? Have you surrendered your life fully to the Lord knowing that in His great and faithful love for you, He will care for and embrace you all the days of your life? Are you willing to carry your cross and follow Him?

Lord Jesus You complete all that is lacking in me. I trust in You O Lord my God. Use me according to Your Will. Amen

First reading
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Let me remind you, brothers, how hard we used to work, slaving night and day so as not to be a burden on any one of you while we were proclaiming God’s Good News to you. You are witnesses, and so is God, that our treatment of you, since you became believers, has been impeccably right and fair. You can remember how we treated every one of you as a father treats his children, teaching you what was right, encouraging you and appealing to you to live a life worthy of God, who is calling you to share the glory of his kingdom. Another reason why we constantly thank God for you is that as soon as you heard the message that we brought you as God’s message, you accepted it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking; and it is still a living power among you who believe it.

Matthew 23:27-32

Jesus said: ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who are like whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of corruption. In the same way you appear to people from the outside like good honest men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who build the sepulchres of the prophets and decorate the tombs of holy men, saying, “We would never have joined in shedding the blood of the prophets, had we lived in our fathers’ day.” So! Your own evidence tells against you! You are the sons of those who murdered the prophets! Very well then, finish off the work that your fathers began.’

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 29, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

If we say with conviction that our Lord Jesus Christ is the truth, the light and the way. Then we too must speak the truth always, be the light for others and lead them into the way of life eternal.

Our service to God our Father and His people must come from a place of love. One built on the loving relationship with the Lord of God. And it will shine through the sufferings and pain we endure for His namesake. St John the Baptist by his life and through his death was a great forerunner of the truth, light and the way. He spoke the truth always, He shone the light on the people’s sins and pointed the way to redemption.

Lord give us the courage to speak Your truth always. Amen

St John the Baptist pray for us.

First reading
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

You know yourselves, my brothers, that our visit to you has not proved ineffectual.
We had, as you know, been given rough treatment and been grossly insulted at Philippi, and it was our God who gave us the courage to proclaim his Good News to you in the face of great opposition. We have not taken to preaching because we are deluded, or immoral, or trying to deceive anyone; it was God who decided that we were fit to be entrusted with the Good News, and when we are speaking, we are not trying to please men but God, who can read our inmost thoughts. You know very well, and we can swear it before God, that never at any time have our speeches been simply flattery, or a cover for trying to get money; nor have we ever looked for any special honour from men, either from you or anybody else, when we could have imposed ourselves on you with full weight, as apostles of Christ.
Instead, we were unassuming. Like a mother feeding and looking after her own children, we felt so devoted and protective towards you, and had come to love you so much, that we were eager to hand over to you not only the Good News but our whole lives as well.

Mark 6:17-29

Herod sent to have John arrested, and had him chained up in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife whom he had married. For John had told Herod, ‘It is against the law for you to have your brother’s wife.’ As for Herodias, she was furious with him and wanted to kill him; but she was not able to, because Herod was afraid of John, knowing him to be a good and holy man, and gave him his protection. When he had heard him speak he was greatly perplexed, and yet he liked to listen to him.
An opportunity came on Herod’s birthday when he gave a banquet for the nobles of his court, for his army officers and for the leading figures in Galilee. When the daughter of this same Herodias came in and danced, she delighted Herod and his guests; so the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me anything you like and I will give it you.’ And he swore her an oath, ‘I will give you anything you ask, even half my kingdom.’ She went out and said to her mother, ‘What shall I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the Baptist.’ The girl hurried straight back to the king and made her request, ‘I want you to give me John the Baptist’s head, here and now, on a dish.’ The king was deeply distressed but, thinking of the oaths he had sworn and of his guests, he was reluctant to break his word to her. So the king at once sent one of the bodyguard with orders to bring John’s head. The man went off and beheaded him in prison; then he brought the head on a dish and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. When John’s disciples heard about this, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 28, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Stop trying to win favour from men and women. Stop your judgements of others. Stop using social media platforms to criticise others. Stop finding fault in others. Stop gossiping. Stop pretending to be holy. Stop making excuses and taking shortcuts. Turn to the Lord your God.

Be Holy as your Heavenly Father is Holy. Turn your back on the cares and wiles of the World. And choose the narrow path of truth that leads to His Kingdom. For it is only through Jesus, the Son of the living God that we have life.

Jesus my Lord, help me so that I will always choose to take up my cross to follow You;King of Peace my Master. Amen

First reading
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5,8-10

From Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in Thessalonika which is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ; wishing you grace and peace.
We always mention you in our prayers and thank God for you all, and constantly remember before God our Father how you have shown your faith in action, worked for love and persevered through hope, in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We know, brothers, that God loves you and that you have been chosen, because when we brought the Good News to you, it came to you not only as words, but as power and as the Holy Spirit and as utter conviction. And you observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread– and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for the news of your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God; and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which is coming.

Matthew 23:13-22

Jesus said: ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who shut up the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces, neither going in yourselves nor allowing others to go in who want to.
‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when you have him you make him twice as fit for hell as you are.
‘Alas for you, blind guides! You who say, “If a man swears by the Temple, it has no force; but if a man swears by the gold of the Temple, he is bound.” Fools and blind! For which is of greater worth, the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred? Or else, “If a man swears by the altar it has no force; but if a man swears by the offering that is on the altar, he is bound.” You blind men! For which is of greater worth, the offering or the altar that makes the offering sacred? Therefore, when a man swears by the altar he is swearing by that and by everything on it. And when a man swears by the Temple he is swearing by that and by the One who dwells in it. And when a man swears by heaven he is swearing by the throne of God and by the One who is seated there.’

Shine Jesus shine

Posted: August 27, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

27 Aug 2017 at approximately 1008hrs the Lord caused His face to shine on us as the morning sunlight streamed in through the stained glass unto our faces. The gentle warm embrace of His love. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Posted: August 26, 2017 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

“Oh, the Depths!”: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Isaiah 22:15, 19-23
Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” Paul exclaims in today’s Epistle. Today’s Psalm, too, takes up the triumphant note of joy and thanksgiving. Why? Because in the Gospel, the heavenly Father reveals the mystery of His kingdom to Peter.

With Peter, we rejoice that Jesus is the anointed son promised to David, the one prophesied to build God’s temple and reign over an everlasting kingdom (see 2 Samuel 7).

What Jesus calls “my Church” is the kingdom promised to David’s son (see Isaiah 9:1–7). As we hear in today’s First Reading, Isaiah foretold that the keys to David’s kingdom would be given to a new master, who would rule as father to God’s people.

Jesus, the root and offspring of David, alone holds the kingdom’s keys (see Revelation 1:18; 3:7; 22:16). In giving those keys to Peter, Jesus fulfills that prophecy, establishing Peter—and all who succeed him—as holy father of His Church.

His Church, too, is the new house of God—the spiritual temple founded on the “rock” of Peter, and built up out of the living stones of individual believers (see 1 Peter 2:5).

Abraham was called “the rock” from which the children of Israel were hewn (see Isaiah 51:1–2). And Peter becomes the rock from which God raises up new children of God (see Matthew 3:9).

The word Jesus uses—“church” (ekklesia in Greek)—was used in the Greek translation of the Old Testament for the “assembly” of God’s children after the exodus (see Deuteronomy 18:16; 31:30).

His Church is the “assembly of the firstborn” (see Hebrews 12:23; Exodus 4:23–24), established by Jesus’ exodus (see Luke 9:31). Like the Israelites, we are baptized in water, led by the Rock, and fed with spiritual food (see 1 Corinthians 10:1–5).

Gathered at His altar, in the presence of angels, we sing His praise and give thanks to His holy name.

Love of my Lord

Posted: August 26, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

The Lord shows His great love in many different and varied ways.

The night before I had sinned in word and deed and was devastated that I had let Him down by succumbing to my rage. The guilt was overwhelming and I wanted to give up! But I clung to the promise of our Lord’s faithfulness and prayed for His mercy. Then I decided to praise Him and continue to pray fervently while waiting to go for reconciliation. 
Attended the New Wine Conference 2 today and during the morning session I received a prayer request from a dear sister in Christ to pray for the soul of her husband who passed on in a room in Genting apparently from undetected lung cancer. I prayed straightway and offered to lift him up in prayer during the Eucharistic Celebration.

Later in the early afternoon, I received a handwritten message requesting for guidance as a fellow sister in Christ was taking up a leadership role in her ministry. I agreed her to help to the best of my ability.

I had stopped asking the question why me? For quite a long time now so instead I will just say thank you Lord for the opportunity and guide me to do Your will as You would have it be done.

The Lord granted my desire for reconciliation as Father absolved me after lunch during a private reconciliation session. I was FREE to receive Him fully in His love at the Eucharist.

After the conference I decided to attend the 3rd Anniversary of the consecration of my Parish’s Eucharistic Celebration. I realised I had a second opportunity to lift the soul of brother Vincent during the Eucharist which I did. The celebration was awesome because of the love of the community, so many familial faces looking back at me with reciprocrated love. Then during Holy Communion I had the opportunity of receiving Jesus from the hands of a beautiful young lady faithful to Christ. Also whom I have been journeying closely with. When I looked up at her after bowing to Christ, she broke down a little while she placed Jesus unto my palm. Didn’t get a chance to ask her why? But I felt His love through her.

All the different opportunities and varied encounters today, I see as His great love for me.