Archive for October, 2017

On Today’s Gospel 

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

We cannot and must not give up hope. Yes every day is a battle against sin, a struggle to be loving in spite of feeling unloved by the people that surround us. Yet we have the Holy Spirit to remind us that our hope comes from the faith we have in our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. A faith that is real, living and true.

If we truly embrace the fact that by our Lord’s Resurrection, we have new life in Him, then we are a joyous people, eager to share His love for us and to build His Kingdom. To bring comfort, peace and joy to those who do not yet know Him.

The Kingdom of God is one that we experience, live and cherish in our hearts. Amen

First reading
Romans 8:18-25

I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free. For we must be content to hope that we shall be saved– our salvation is not in sight, we should not have to be hoping for it if it were– but, as I say, we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet– it is something we must wait for with patience.

Luke 13:18-21

Jesus said, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it with? It is like a mustard seed which a man took and threw into his garden: it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air sheltered in its branches.’
Another thing he said, ‘What shall I compare the kingdom of God with? It is like the yeast a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour till it was leavened all through.’

On Today’s Gospel 

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

Yesterday we were called to love, to be loving as our Saviour Jesus Christ was to us sinners. Today we hear of His mercy and compassion. And likewise, we are called to be merciful and compassionate.

How can we be all we are called to be if we will not change? If we hold on stubbornly to our sinful ways. We may stand upright and tall, but inside we are twisted and bent over. For that is what sin does to our very being. Turn to our Lord with contrite hearts and He will restore us and set us free.

Lord let us love as You love. Let us be merciful as You are merciful, compassionate as You are compassionate. Amen

First reading
Romans 8:12-17

My brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.
Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.

Luke 13:10-17

One sabbath day Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who for eighteen years had been possessed by a spirit that left her enfeebled; she was bent double and quite unable to stand upright. When Jesus saw her he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are rid of your infirmity’ and he laid his hands on her. And at once she straightened up, and she glorified God.
But the synagogue official was indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, and he addressed the people present. ‘There are six days’ he said ‘when work is to be done. Come and be healed on one of those days and not on the sabbath.’ But the Lord answered him. ‘Hypocrites!’ he said ‘Is there one of you who does not untie his ox or his donkey from the manger on the sabbath and take it out for watering? And this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan has held bound these eighteen years– was it not right to untie her bonds on the sabbath day?’ When he said this, all his adversaries were covered with confusion, and all the people were overjoyed at all the wonders he worked.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Posted: October 28, 2017 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Love Commanded: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40

Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17)

And in today’s Gospel, He reveals that love—of God and of neighbor—is the fulfillment of the whole of the law (see Romans 13:8-10).

Devout Israelites were to keep all 613 commands found in the Bible’s first five books. Jesus says today that all these, and all the teachings of the prophets, can be summarized by two verses of this law (see Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18).

He seems to summarize the two stone tablets on which God was said to have engraved the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 32:15-16). The first tablet set out three laws concerning the love of God—such as the command not to take His name in vain; the second contained seven commands regarding love of neighbor, such as those against stealing and adultery.

Love is the hinge that binds the two tablets of the law. For we can’t love God, whom we can’t see, if we don’t love our neighbor, whom we can (see 1 John 4:20-22).

But this love we are called to is far more than simple affection or warm sentiment. We must give ourselves totally to God – loving with our whole beings, with all our heart, soul and mind. Our love for our neighbor must express itself in concrete actions, such as those set out in today’s First Reading.

We love because He first loved us (see 1 John 4:19). As we sing in today’s Psalm, He has been our deliverer, our strength when we could not possibly defend ourselves against the enemies of sin and death.

We love in thanksgiving for our salvation. And in this become imitators of Jesus, as Paul tells us in today’s Epistle—laying down our lives daily in ways large and small, seen and unseen, our lives offered as a continual sacrifice of praise (see John 15:12-13; Hebrews 13:15).

On Today’s Gospel 

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

Are you passionate about your faith? In wanting to know more, learn more and eager to share what you have learnt? Do You seek the Lord often praying to know His Will for you?

These are signs that you are growing in discipleship. While all of us have different gifts and charisms we are One Body united in our Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing this and applying our gifts and charisms towards building the kingdom of God by our sacrifices we further our journey towards sanctity and Holiness.

St Simon and St Jude pray for us…. Amen

First reading
Ephesians 2:19-22

You are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.

Luke 6:12-16

Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them ‘apostles’: Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 27, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Everyday is a struggle to remain sinless and strive for Holiness. People, smells, sights, sounds, work and more, almost anything will contribute to the challenges we face. And yet we will not be deterred for we are Christians! We all have a higher calling, that is to love as our Lord Jesus Christ loves us. He who died for our sins to set us free.

We cannot say we didn’t know or that we were ignorant. For we can clearly see the signs of sin before us and its nature, and docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit we can avoid sin and move on closer to our call to Holiness.

We need to recognise that by nature we are drawn to sin and so we need to arm ourselves with the word of God and the Holy Sacraments our Lord provides for us. To turn back quickly to our Lord God should we fall into sin else we may be brought to judgement on a day we least expect. Amen

First reading
Romans 7:18-25

I know of nothing good living in me– living, that is, in my unspiritual self– for though the will to do what is good is in me, the performance is not, with the result that instead of doing the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things I do not want. When I act against my will, then, it is not my true self doing it, but sin which lives in me.
In fact, this seems to be the rule, that every single time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand. In my inmost self I dearly love God’s Law, but I can see that my body follows a different law that battles against the law which my reason dictates. This is what makes me a prisoner of that law of sin which lives inside my body.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body doomed to death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Luke 12:54-59

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘When you see a cloud looming up in the west you say at once that rain is coming, and so it does. And when the wind is from the south you say it will be hot, and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the face of the earth and the sky. How is it you do not know how to interpret these times?
‘Why not judge for yourselves what is right? For example: when you go to court with your opponent, try to settle with him on the way, or he may drag you before the judge and the judge hand you over to the bailiff and the bailiff have you thrown into prison. I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the very last penny.’

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 26, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The Holy Spirit has been sent upon us for our sanctification. So that we may be purified by grace and rise with our Risen Lord to new life. That Holy fire that now burns within us will be spread far and wide!

Do not then allow our sins of the past or present to extinguish the flame. Do not allow family or friends to dictate how we are to live or what faith we should practice. For it is our Lord Jesus Christ alone that we follow. And we should be ready to lead them, family and friends into that deep meaningful relationship we have with Him.

Glory be to the Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen

First reading
Romans 6:19-23

If I may use human terms to help your natural weakness: as once you put your bodies at the service of vice and immorality, so now you must put them at the service of righteousness for your sanctification.
When you were slaves of sin, you felt no obligation to righteousness, and what did you get from this? Nothing but experiences that now make you blush, since that sort of behaviour ends in death. Now, however, you have been set free from sin, you have been made slaves of God, and you get a reward leading to your sanctification and ending in eternal life. For the wage paid by sin is death; the present given by God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Luke 12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!
‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 25, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Put your all mind and heart into serving the Lord, whether it is at your place of employment, your ministry or home. Make time to pray in quiet and be in His presence and you will have no time to sin or be distracted.

Be pleasantly surprised that as you are serving Him, He will entrust more to you. Do not be fearful or discouraged for He will never give you more than you can handle. Even then the Lord will send helpers your way. Do what you are expected to do and you will rejoice together with Him upon His return.

Lord help me this day and everyday to remain focused on You and the tasks I am called to do. Amen

First reading
Romans 6:12-18

You must not let sin reign in your mortal bodies or command your obedience to bodily passions, you must not let any part of your body turn into an unholy weapon fighting on the side of sin; you should, instead, offer yourselves to God, and consider yourselves dead men brought back to life; you should make every part of your body into a weapon fighting on the side of God; and then sin will no longer dominate your life, since you are living by grace and not by law.
Does the fact that we are living by grace and not by law mean that we are free to sin? Of course not. You know that if you agree to serve and obey a master you become his slaves. You cannot be slaves of sin that leads to death and at the same time slaves of obedience that leads to righteousness. You were once slaves of sin, but thank God you submitted without reservation to the creed you were taught. You may have been freed from the slavery of sin, but only to become ‘slaves’ of righteousness.

Luke 12:39-48

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
Peter said, ‘Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?’ The Lord replied, ‘What sort of steward, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master’s arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you truly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the servant who says to himself, “My master is taking his time coming,” and sets about beating the menservants and the maids, and eating and drinking and getting drunk, 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 unfaithful.
The servant who knows what his master wants, but has not even started to carry out those wishes, will receive very many strokes of the lash. The one who did not know, but deserves to be beaten for what he has done, will receive fewer strokes. When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him.’