Archive for April 1, 2018

The journey towards Easter this year was certainly not what I hoped for. By far in the last five years this has been the dryest one of all. Still I clung on as tightly as I could to His love for me.

In the last three weeks leading up to Easter my reflection was on the denial of St Peter. How easy it was to judge him for his lack of faith when it mattered most. And yet how many times had I denied Jesus in my own words and actions? Hence as far as possible I would call to mind this reflection.

The second reflection that hit me in an all new way and only recently was in Jesus’s washing of his disciples feet. St Peter’s response is another classic, in which he protested that his Lord should not wash his feet. Is my own respond to Jesus any different? When I allow empty pride get in the way of allowing my saviour to cleanse me that I be made worthy of Him? I have no part of Him otherwise! He did not cling to His divinity, instead He humbled himself to go on His knees to wash my feet. To cleanse me of my sins. That very act brought to mind the Sacrament of reconciliation. Why does it matter which priest it is? What did it matter how dirty and dark my sins were? How embarrassing it was for me to confess? How can I allow pride to prevent my saviour from cleansing me? Also in that very act of love for me, by washing my feet he shows me how I am called to lead others to His love. I am called to do so in the very same manner.

While I was mourning the loss of my Spirituality this Lent, my dear Lord was speaking His truth to my heart in a deep profound way. My eyes were opened to His great love for me and you during the Easter Vigil! His Peace perfumed the air. His abundant blessings came down upon us as Holy water was sprinkled and we were renewed in His holiness. His shepherd then let us in a joyful celebration in His love. I praised and thanked Jesus and offered to try my hardest to always stand ready to serve Him in humility. I honestly did not think He would call me so soon, but that very night I was called up to serve Him even though it looked there were more than enough hands and feet on duty. Needless to say I was in awe. Joy filled my heart and it has carried over today.

May the joy of the Risen Lord fill your heart not just for a day or two but for all eternity. Amen

Easter Sunday 

Posted: April 1, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

New Morning:

Scott Hahn Reflects on Easter Sunday


Acts 10:34, 37–43
Ps 118:1–2, 16–17, 22–23
Col 3:1–4
Jn 20:1–9

The tomb was empty. In the early morning darkness of that first Easter, there was only confusion for Mary Magdalene and the other disciples. But as the daylight spread, they saw the dawning of a new creation.

At first they didn’t understand the Scripture, today’s Gospel tells us. We don’t know which precise Scripture texts they were supposed to understand. Perhaps it was the sign of Jonah, who rose from the belly of the great fish after three days (see Jonah 1:17). Or maybe Hosea’s prophecy of Israel’s restoration from exile (see Hosea 6:2). Perhaps it was the psalmist who rejoiced that God had not abandoned him to the nether world (see Psalm 16:9–10).

Whichever Scripture it was, as the disciples bent down into the tomb, they saw and they believed. What did they see? Burial shrouds in an empty tomb. The stone removed from the tomb. Seven times in nine verses we hear that word—”tomb.”

What did they believe? That God had done what Jesus said He would do—raised Him up on the third day (see Mark 9:31; 10:34).

What they saw and believed, they bore witness to, as today’s First Reading tells us. Peter’s speech is a summary of the gospels—from Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan to His hanging on a tree (see Deuteronomy 21:22–23), to His rising from the dead.

We are children of the apostles, born into the new world of their witness. Our lives are now “hidden with Christ in God,” as today’s Epistle says. Like them, we gather in the morning on the first day of the week to celebrate the Eucharist, the feast of the empty tomb.

We rejoice that the stones have been rolled away from our tombs, too. Each of us can shout, as we do in today’s Psalm: “I shall not die, but live.” They saw and believed. And we await the day they promised would come—when we, too, “will appear with Him in glory.”

Let me first begin by testifying that the Lord our is God is all merciful, loving and abundantly generous with His gifts. Truly He remembers not our sins when we turn back to Him. This is how my journey towards a deeper relationship with my Lord began about seven plus years ago.

Like many I too struggled with my faith growing up, with little Cathechesis coupled with a desire to live life to the fullest to experience all there is to experience caring little for consequences or restrictions. Only thing that kept me from straying too far was a line from a prayer I somehow always kept in mind throughout the years. It is a petition to our Blessed Mother that said “Mary let me never lose my God.” I have shared my conversion story before, this testimony to God’s love in my life begins after that.

My faith and spirtual growth accelerated as with each passing year I ascended higher and higher up the Lord’s Holy ‘mountain. ‘ The climb up was from easy as it depended heavily on trusting the Lord every step of the way. And it was wrought with challenges, trials and required much personal sacrifice. While I never wanted a leadership position and was more than content to simply serve in any way the Lord wanted me to, I found that it was He that wanted me to take on leadership roles. In obedience I did so, even though I often felt inadequate or ill equipped. It was through Him alone that I became quite good at it, was given many gifts to do as needed and began to see the many fruits. How wonderful it was to witness the change in so many peoples lives simply by being an instrument of His grace.

Then the year of change came, and soon I found myself being shoved off the ‘mountain’ and spiraling down. Needless to say there was great disappointment and uncertainty. What is your plan for me Lord? Why would you allow almost everything we built up for your Kingdom be slowly destroyed? Were we not humble enough in our pursuit? I had so many questions but no answers!

A brother in Christ whom I love and respect did not have any answers for me except to say he was prompted to share that I should read 2 Sirach. I glanced through it and thanked Him. Then a few months later I went for spiritual counselling and my spiritual guide led me to the very same scripture text. This time I paid attention and started reflecting and meditating on the word for me.

The Lord truly was speaking to my heart. He called me his son and that I should cleave to Him. The same word cleave as it appears in Gen 2:24 to be united as One with Him. There will be temptations and trials as I strive to carry my cross to follow Him but He will always be with me. And so while He has spoken to me in so many ways and through so many passages from His living word. 2 Sirach will always hold a special place in my Heart for it has enkindled a fire within me to love and serve Him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. Amen

Happy Easter and may the Risen Lord reign in your lives always.