Archive for October, 2017

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 24, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Every day is a battle against sin for it is so easy to be distracted, so many the lures of temptation that seek our fall. And so we need to arm ourselves with the Word of God, prayer and the frequent reception of the sacraments.

Keep watch, stay awake reminds our Lord Jesus Christ. We do it better when we belong to a community, serving and helping one another as we journey on towards our Heavenly inheritance.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner. Holy Spirit be with me to guide me. Amen

First reading
Romans 5:12,15,17-21

Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned; but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift. If it is certain that death reigned over everyone as the consequence of one man’s fall, it is even more certain that one man, Jesus Christ, will cause everyone to reign in life who receives the free gift that he does not deserve, of being made righteous. Again, as one man’s fall brought condemnation on everyone, so the good act of one man brings everyone life and makes them justified. As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. When law came, it was to multiply the opportunities of failing, but however great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater; and so, just as sin reigned wherever there was death, so grace will reign to bring eternal life thanks to the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gospel
Luke 12:36-38

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready.

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 23, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


What kind of happiness in life are you seeking for? Does shopping, buying and storing for the future provide it for you? Does working long hours every day away from family, so as to provide for your comfortable retirement do that for your? What can you carry along with you when you die? What then is your treasure?

Life’s true treasures are only to be found in the Lord our God. The treasure of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us, conquered death and rose from the dead. The treasure of the living Word of God given to us to nourish, strengthen and reveal God’s great love for us. The treasure of the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith;revealing Emmanuel. The treasure of the Holy Spirit who guides and leads us to Holiness. So that all we say and do may be pleasing to the Lord our God. These are the treasures that bring us Peace, love and joy.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Romans 4:20-25

Since God had made him a promise, Abraham refused either to deny it or even to doubt it, but drew strength from faith and gave glory to God, convinced that God had power to do what he had promised. This is the faith that was ‘considered as justifying him.’ Scripture however does not refer only to him but to us as well when it says that his faith was thus ‘considered’; our faith too will be ‘considered’ if we believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, Jesus who was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us.

Gospel
Luke 12:13-21

A man in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.’ ‘My friend,’ he replied, ‘who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.’
Then he told them a parable: ‘There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, “What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.” Then he said, “This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.” But God said to him, “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?” So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.’

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Posted: October 21, 2017 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Caesar and the King: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Readings:
Isaiah 45:1,4-6
Psalm 96:1,3-5, 7-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21

The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today’s Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above (see John 19:11; Romans 13:1).

In effect, God says to every ruler what he tells King Cyrus in today’s First Reading: “I have called you . . . though you knew me not.”

The Lord raised up Cyrus to restore the Israelites from exile, and to rebuild Jerusalem (see Ezra 1:1-4). Throughout salvation history, God has used foreign rulers for the sake of His chosen people. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to reveal God’s power (see Romans 9:17). Invading armies were used to punish Israel’s sins (see 2 Maccabees 6:7-16).

The Roman occupation during Jesus’ time was, in a similar way, a judgment on Israel’s unfaithfulness. Jesus’ famous words in today’s Gospel: “Repay to Caesar” are a pointed reminder of this. And they call us, too, to keep our allegiances straight.

The Lord alone is our king. His kingdom is not of this world (see John 18:36) but it begins here in His Church, which tells of His glory among all peoples. Citizens of heaven (see Philippians 3:20), we are called to be a light to the world (see Matthew 5:14)—working in faith, laboring in love, and enduring in hope, as today’s Epistle counsels.

We owe the government a concern for the common good, and obedience to laws—unless they conflict with God’s commandments as interpreted by the Church (see Acts 5:29).

We owe God everything. The coin bears Caesar’s image, but we bear God’s own image (see Genesis 1:27). We owe Him our very lives—all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, offered as a living sacrifice of love (see Romans 12:1-2).

We should pray for our leaders, that like Cyrus they do God’s will (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2), until from the rising of the sun to its setting all humanity knows that Jesus is Lord.

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 21, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Faith in the Lord our God and His righteousness are the foundations in which we thread on, our pilgrim journey towards pure Holiness.

And while on this journey we must share the faith we have in our Lord Jesus Christ to all who will listen. So that they too may come into the same faith and be saved.

We need not fear rejection nor should we worry about being inadequate in our knowledge to share the faith we have. For in our desire to serve Him and through the love we possess, the Holy Spirit is by our side always to guide and lead us. Amen

First reading
Romans 4:13,16-18

The promise of inheriting the world was not made to Abraham and his descendants on account of any law but on account of the righteousness which consists in faith. That is why what fulfils the promise depends on faith, so that it may be a free gift and be available to all of Abraham’s descendants, not only those who belong to the Law but also those who belong to the faith of Abraham who is the father of all of us. As scripture says: I have made you the ancestor of many nations– Abraham is our father in the eyes of God, in whom he put his faith, and who brings the dead to life and calls into being what does not exist.
Though it seemed Abraham’s hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and he believed, and through doing so he did become the father of many nations exactly as he had been promised: Your descendants will be as many as the stars.

Gospel
Luke 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence of men, the Son of Man will declare himself for him in the presence of the angels. But the man who disowns me in the presence of men will be disowned in the presence of God’s angels.
‘Everyone who says a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
‘When they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say.’

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 20, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


It is not the amount of time and effort we put into serving the Lord through His Church or serving His flock that makes us worthy of anything. It is the love for and the faith we have in the Lord our God who loves us dearly.

For if we think it is the former then we have lost sight on whom we serve. And might even seek recognition or honour for what we have to rightfully do to begin with. Nothing is hidden from our Lord and so if we have honoured Him with our lives we have nothing to fear when all is laid bare.

Let us love Him our Lord, our God; with all
our heart, mind, soul, strength. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
Romans 4:1-8

What shall we say about Abraham, the ancestor from whom we are all descended? If Abraham was justified as a reward for doing something, he would really have had something to boast about, though not in God’s sight because scripture says: Abraham put his faith in God, and this faith was considered as justifying him. If a man has work to show, his wages are not considered as a favour but as his due; but when a man has nothing to show except faith in the one who justifies sinners, then his faith is considered as justifying him. And David says the same: a man is happy if God considers him righteous, irrespective of good deeds:

Happy those whose crimes are forgiven,
whose sins are blotted out;
happy the man whom the Lord considers sinless.

Gospel
Luke 12:1-7

The people had gathered in their thousands so that they were treading on one another. And Jesus began to speak, first of all to his disciples. ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees– that is, their hypocrisy. Everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. For this reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places will be proclaimed on the housetops.
‘To you my friends I say: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. I will tell you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has the power to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Can you not buy five sparrows for two pennies? And yet not one is forgotten in God’s sight. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. There is no need to be afraid: you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.’

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 19, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Persecutions for our faith can take many forms. Today it can be in the start of a rumour mill against someone or group trying to serve in church. It can be in a ‘truth’ passed on to those who have no right to it and done to discredit another. It can be in the brushing off of someone trying to encourage us grow into a deeper relationship with Christ. Some may even interpret the law of the Church in one way as to point out an ‘error’ of another. There are many more varied and perhaps even subtle ways. All these coming from within the body of Christ? How can this be you may ask? Seems nobler when persecutions for our faith comes from unbelievers!

Sadly most of these persecutors fail to realise they inadvertently persecute Christ Jesus Himself. And so lose any relationship they might with Him. We need to pray for them so they may see the error of their ways and be reconciled to God.

On our part, let us remain steadfast and build our faith upon our rock Jesus Christ; Lord of all nations. Amen

First reading
Romans 3:21-30

God’s justice that was made known through the Law and the Prophets has now been revealed outside the Law, since it is the same justice of God that comes through faith to everyone, Jew and pagan alike, who believes in Jesus Christ. Both Jew and pagan sinned and forfeited God’s glory, and both are justified through the free gift of his grace by being redeemed in Christ Jesus who was appointed by God to sacrifice his life so as to win reconciliation through faith. In this way God makes his justice known; first, for the past, when sins went unpunished because he held his hand, then, for the present age, by showing positively that he is just, and that he justifies everyone who believes in Jesus.
So what becomes of our boasts? There is no room for them. What sort of law excludes them? The sort of law that tells us what to do? On the contrary, it is the law of faith, since, as we see it, a man is justified by faith and not by doing something the Law tells him to do. Is God the God of Jews alone and not of the pagans too? Of the pagans too, most certainly, since there is only one God.

Gospel
Luke 11:47-54

Jesus said: ‘Alas for you who build the tombs of the prophets, the men your ancestors killed! In this way you both witness what your ancestors did and approve it; they did the killing, you do the building.
‘And that is why the Wisdom of God said, “I will send them prophets and apostles; some they will slaughter and persecute, so that this generation will have to answer for every prophet’s blood that has been shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was murdered between the altar and the sanctuary.” Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all.
‘Alas for you lawyers who have taken away the key of knowledge! You have not gone in yourselves, and have prevented others going in who wanted to.’
When he left the house, the scribes and the Pharisees began a furious attack on him and tried to force answers from him on innumerable questions, setting traps to catch him out in something he might say.

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: October 18, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


Love of God and love of neighbour is love put into action when we share the love of Jesus with everyone. When we bring the message of God’s kingdom and His great mercy and love for His children. When we bring His healing grace to those who need it.

We need to stand up for the truth and be willing to face the trials and challenges that go with it. Knowing that the Lord will be soon be at our side to lift us up and strengthen us.

Lord send me when You need me to go and I will go, fill me Your grace and be with me. Now and forever. Amen

First reading
2 Timothy 4:10-17

Demas has deserted me for love of this life and gone to Thessalonika, Crescens has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia; only Luke is with me. Get Mark to come and bring him with you; I find him a useful helper in my work. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, and the scrolls, especially the parchment ones. Alexander the coppersmith has done me a lot of harm; the Lord will repay him for what he has done. Be on your guard against him yourself, because he has been bitterly contesting everything that we say.
The first time I had to present my defence, there was not a single witness to support me. Every one of them deserted me– may they not be held accountable for it. But the Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

Gospel
Luke 10:1-9


Your peace will rest on that man

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”’