Archive for August 9, 2017

Five precious days with the Lord has come to an end, having come back from a spirit filled silent retreat. And yet it is only the beginning of an adventure in His Love….

The Lord had called me to the retreat early even before I truly yearned to go. You see early in the beginning of the year all the way to slightly past Easter I was fully alive in Christ, serving Him faithfully. But with certain changes, I had spoken up against the practice of someone anointed by the Lord and was punished like Miriam in numbers 12:1-13. I became a leper dying slowly being eaten up inside. Even my love for my community began to thin. Hence I heard His call, ‘come to me all you are burdened and weary. I will give you rest.’ Matt 11:28 Only I overlooked the verse after that which says to learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble of heart.

On the first day, during Adoration, I had a vision of myself running swiftly through a wheat field with my Lord. Then He asked me “did you see the darnel? ‘ I answered,” Lord I would not be able to tell the difference since I have never seen wheat up close let alone darnel.” Then He replied,”I see only Wheat” The Lord only sees the good in us, that is how loving and merciful our Lord is.

To be continued….

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 9, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

There is nothing in this world, nor any challenges that come our way that we cannot overcome though the Lord our God. He is ever faithful and loving to His faithful. Never should we despair nor turn our backs on Him who is with us through it all.

Even those who know little of Him, if they should cry out to Him in faith He will come to their aid. For He is the Lord of all. He leads us into a deeper understanding and knowledge of Him by the questions He puts before us in our hearts. So that our relationship with Him can grow ever deeper.

Lord I believe do thou increase my faith. Amen

First reading
Numbers 13:1-2,25-14:1,26-29,34-35

The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Paran and said, ‘Send out men, one from each tribe, to make a reconnaissance of this land of Canaan which I am giving to the sons of Israel. Send the leader of each tribe.’
At the end of forty days, they came back from their reconnaissance of the land. They sought out Moses, Aaron and the whole community of Israel, in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They made their report to them, and to the whole community, and showed them the produce of the country.
They told them this story, ‘We went into the land to which you sent us. It does indeed flow with milk and honey; this is its produce. At the same time, its inhabitants are a powerful people; the towns are fortified and very big; yes, and we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekite holds the Negeb area, the Hittite, Amorite and Jebusite the highlands, and the Canaanite the sea coast and the banks of the Jordan.’
Caleb harangued the people gathered about Moses: ‘We must march in,’ he said ‘and conquer this land: we are well able to do it.’ But the men who had gone up with him answered, ‘We are not able to march against this people; they are stronger than we are.’ And they began to disparage the country they had reconnoitred to the sons of Israel, ‘The country we went to reconnoitre is a country that devours its inhabitants. Every man we saw there was of enormous size. Yes, and we saw giants there (the sons of Anak, descendants of the Giants). We felt like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.’
At this, the whole community raised their voices and cried aloud, and the people wailed all that night.
The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron. He said:
‘I have heard the complaints which the sons of Israel make against me. Say to them, “As I live – it is the Lord who speaks – I will deal with you according to the very words you have used in my hearing. In this wilderness your dead bodies will fall, all you men of the census, all you who were numbered from the age of twenty years and over, you who have complained against me. For forty days you reconnoitred the land. Each day shall count for a year: for forty years you shall bear the burden of your sins, and you shall learn what it means to reject me.” I, the Lord, have spoken: this is how I will deal with this perverse community that has conspired against me. Here in this wilderness, to the last man, they shall die.’

Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’ But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him. ‘Give her what she wants,’ they said ‘because she is shouting after us.’ He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’ But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. ‘Lord,’ she said ‘help me.’ He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.’ She retorted, ‘Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.’ And from that moment her daughter was well again.