Archive for March, 2018

My Easter Candle

Posted: March 31, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

My Easter candle came with a message….. I need to bleed a little more for Him.

Easter 2018

Posted: March 31, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

Truly Blessed Easter celebration. To have celebrated with joy and thankful hearts with the whole Parish! Lifting hands in praise and worship. To have received both the body and blood of Christ and to be given the opportunity to serve Him. Thank You Jesus…

Holy Saturday

Posted: March 31, 2018 by CatholicJules in Meditations, Photos

Good Friday

Posted: March 30, 2018 by CatholicJules in Holy Pictures, Meditations

How much do you love me?

Posted: March 30, 2018 by CatholicJules in Meditations, Photos

Maundy Thursday Reflection

Posted: March 29, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Holy Thursday also known as Maundy Thursday, is where the Easter tridium begins and it starts with the Chrism Mass.

While the Holy oils are consecrated and the priests renew their vows it is an opportunity for us laity to reflect on our own calling to be priests, prophets and Kings for others. We have hope, peace and joy because our Lord Jesus Christ had come to fulfil the promise of our salvation. Have we and are we still sharing the hope that we have with others? Have we brought the joy, healing and comfort of our Lord Jesus Christ to those in need and are suffering? Let us strive to be better and do better as we recall the anointing we had received at our baptism and confirmation.

Tonight we call to mind two wonderful acts of love by Jesus; the institution of the priesthood and Holy Eucharist. No greater love have we then that of the Lord our God.

In preparation of His departure, He gave us at New way that we could see, touch and be one with Him in His presence. His real presence, a mystery yet a reality! One that nourishes, strengthens and fills us completely with His grace. May we never take this great act of love for granted.

Let us also reflect more deeply on our response to the call to discipleship. Have we responded in humble servitude the way the Lord had shown us. To gently ‘wash the feet’ of another? How willingly will we do so going forward. This is a Holy night indeed to dwell on the love of the Lord our God. Amen

Chrism Mass Readings

First reading
Isaiah 61:1-3,6,8-9

Second reading
Apocalypse 1:5-8

Gospel
Luke 4:16-21

Evening Mass Readings

First reading
Exodus 12:1-8,11-14

Second reading
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Gospel
John 13:1-15

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 28, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Whom are you a disciple of?

If you say Jesus, what are the external signs, the fruits of your faith in Him? Are you obedient unto Him? Always attentive and eager to hear His word? Are you open to weary and downtrodden? Willing and able by your discipleship to bring comfort, peace and joy?

Or are You a disciple only in name? Quick to let go and sell away Jesus Christ of whom you call Lord? For thirty pieces of what the world offers? Fame, fortune, pornography, unlimited entertainment, honour amongst men and women, pleasures of the flesh and so on…

O Jesus my Lord, let the declaration of my love for You be surely “I am Your disciple.” By my words, deeds and the way I live my life according to Your will. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 50:4-9
Who thinks he has a case against me? Let him approach me

The Lord has given me
a disciple’s tongue.
So that I may know how to reply to the wearied
he provides me with speech.
Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear.

For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard;I did not cover my face against insult and spittle.

The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults.
So, too, I set my face like flint;I know I shall not be shamed.

My vindicator is here at hand. Does anyone start proceedings against me?
Then let us go to court together.
Who thinks he has a case against me? Let him approach me.

The Lord is coming to my help, who will dare to condemn me?

Gospel

Matthew 26:14-25
‘The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will’

One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you?’ They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.
Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus to say, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the passover?’ ‘Go to so-and-so in the city’ he replied ‘and say to him, “The Master says: My time is near. It is at your house that I am keeping Passover with my disciples.”’ The disciples did what Jesus told them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came he was at table with the twelve disciples. And while they were eating he said ‘I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray me.’ They were greatly distressed and started asking him in turn, ‘Not I, Lord, surely?’ He answered, ‘Someone who has dipped his hand into the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of Man is going to his fate, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! Better for that man if he had never been born!’ Judas, who was to betray him; asked in his turn, ‘Not I, Rabbi, surely?’ ‘They are your own words’ answered Jesus.