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Passion Sunday 

Posted: March 24, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Darkness at Noon: Scott Hahn Reflects on Passion Sunday

Readings:

Is 50:4–7
Ps 22:8–9, 17–20, 23–24
Phil 2:6–11
Mk 14:1–15:47

Crowned with thorns, our Lord is lifted up on the Cross, where He dies as “King of the Jews.” Notice how many times He is called “king” in today’s Gospel—mostly in scorn and mockery.

As we hear the long accounts of His Passion, at every turn we must remind ourselves—He suffered this cruel and unusual violence for us.

He is the Suffering Servant foretold by Isaiah in today’s First Reading. He reenacts the agony described in today’s Psalm, and even dies with the first words of that Psalm on His lips (see Psalm 22:1).

Listen carefully for the echoes of this Psalm throughout today’s Gospel—as Jesus is beaten, His hands and feet are pierced; as His enemies gamble for His clothes, wagging their heads, mocking His faith in God’s love, His faith that God will deliver Him.

Are we that much different from our Lord’s tormenters? Often, don’t we deny that He is King, refusing to obey His only commands that we love Him and one another? Don’t we render Him mock tribute, pay Him lip service with our half-hearted devotions?

In the dark noon of Calvary, the veil in Jerusalem’s temple was torn. It was a sign that by His death Jesus destroyed forever the barrier separating us from the presence of God.

He was God and yet humbled Himself to come among us, we’re reminded in today’s Epistle. And despite our repeated failures, our frailty, Jesus still humbles Himself to come to us, offering us His body and blood in the Eucharist.

His enemies never understood: His kingship isn’t of this world (see John 18:36). He wants to write His law, His rule of life on our hearts and minds.

As we enter Holy Week, let us once more resolve to give Him dominion in our lives. Let us take up the cross He gives to us—and confess with all our hearts, minds, and strength, that truly this is the Son of God.

A Prayer written before the Blessed Sacrament

Posted: March 24, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Prayers

After dropping my daughter off for Cathechism class, I went to the Adoration room and started writing this prayer….

O sweet Jesus I come before You in humble Adoration of You. I kneel in awe of Your presence in the Blessed Sacrament. That You O Lord my God have chosen this form to be present to me so that I can see You as You minister to me. Mere words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude for the love and Graces You bestow on me while in Your loving presence. In the silence of my heart I hear Your gentle voice speak to me and I hear You clearly though not in audible terms. I hear the voice of my shepherd, I know You and I follow You. In this great loving exchange I am disappointed with myself for not having spent an hour with You regularly. Perhaps I have not loved You enough as I should. Still I feel Your loving embrace envelop me and I find myself resting in Your peace. You are the way, the truth and the life. Jesus my Lord. You are the way, the truth and the life. Jesus my Lord. Love You with all my heart, mind and soul. Jesus my Lord. Love You with all my heart, mind and soul. Jesus my Lord. Amen

When I picked my daughter up she showed me what she had done in class…

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 24, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Praise and glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ.

For through evil and sin there is disunity, disorder, chaos and mayhem. People living for themselves.

In His great mercy and love for us, God our Father sent His Son. Our Saviour Jesus Christ came to heal and liberate us from our sins. By His death and resurrection He gathers the faithful unto Himself. We are one in Union with Him. He dwells in us as we dwell in Him.

Let us always bear in mind His great act of love for us, that we can live in His peace forever. Amen

First reading

Ezekiel 37:21-28
I will bring them home and make them one nation

The Lord says this: ‘I am going to take the sons of Israel from the nations where they have gone. I shall gather them together from everywhere and bring them home to their own soil. I shall make them into one nation in my own land and on the mountains of Israel, and one king is to be king of them all; they will no longer form two nations, nor be two separate kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and their filthy practices and all their sins. I shall rescue them from all the betrayals they have been guilty of; I shall cleanse them; they shall be my people and I will be their God. My servant David will reign over them, one shepherd for all; they will follow my observances, respect my laws and practise them. They will live in the land that I gave my servant Jacob, the land in which your ancestors lived. They will live in it, they, their children, their children’s children, for ever. David my servant is to be their prince for ever. I shall make a covenant of peace with them, an eternal covenant with them. I shall resettle them and increase them; I shall settle my sanctuary among them for ever. I shall make my home above them; I will be their God, they shall be my people. And the nations will learn that I am the Lord, the sanctifier of Israel, when my sanctuary is with them for ever.’

Gospel

John 11:45-56
Jesus was to die to gather together the scattered children of God

Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what Jesus did believed in him, but some of them went to tell the Pharisees what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and Pharisees called a meeting. ‘Here is this man working all these signs’ they said ‘and what action are we taking? If we let him go on in this way everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy the Holy Place and our nation.’ One of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said, ‘You do not seem to have grasped the situation at all; you fail to see that it is better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed.’ He did not speak in his own person, it was as high priest that he made this prophecy that Jesus was to die for the nation – and not for the nation only, but to gather together in unity the scattered children of God. From that day they were determined to kill him. So Jesus no longer went about openly among the Jews, but left the district for a town called Ephraim, in the country bordering on the desert, and stayed there with his disciples.
The Jewish Passover drew near, and many of the country people who had gone up to Jerusalem to purify themselves looked out for Jesus, saying to one another as they stood about in the Temple, ‘What do you think? Will he come to the festival or not?’