Archive for April 8, 2018

Paul The Apostle movie

Posted: April 8, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Videos/Audio

Let me first begin by saying I absolutely loved the movie.

There were many powerful scenes in the movie and many powerful statements based on scripture, the word of God. But the biggest takeaway for me apart from love is the only way, is how we all need to belong to a community of Christ.

Even St Paul’s faith and conviction which was always centred on Christ; drew His strength from communion with Christ which extends to His one Body to be found in the community of disciples. The community drew strength and courage from one another’s faith in Jesus. They prayed together, encouraged and took care of one another. Because of this when some were facing death, they walked unafraid to meet their fate for they were strengthened in their belief and hope in the truth of our Lord’s resurrection.

Let us then finish the race together as one community in the Risen Lord as we look forward to eternal life with Him. Amen alleluia!

Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted: April 8, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

The Day the Lord Made:

Scott Hahn Reflects
on Divine
Mercy Sunday

Readings:

Acts 4:32–35
Ps 118:2–4, 13–15, 22–24
1 Jn 5:1–6
Jn 20:19–31

Three times in today’s Psalm we cry out a victory shout: “His mercy endures forever.”

Truly we’ve known the everlasting love of God, who has come to us as our Savior. By the blood and water that flowed from Jesus’ pierced side (see John 19:34), we’ve been made God’s children, as we hear in today’s Epistle.

Yet we never met Jesus, never heard Him teach, never saw Him raised from the dead. His saving Word came to us in the Church—through the ministry of the Apostles, who in today’s Gospel are sent as He was sent.

He was made a life-giving Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 15:45) and He filled His Apostles with that Spirit. As we hear in today’s First Reading, they bore witness to His Resurrection with great power. And through their witness, handed down in the Church through the centuries, their teaching and traditions have reached us (see Acts 2:42).

We encounter Him as the Apostles did—in the breaking of the bread on the Lord’s day (see Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Revelation 1:10).

There is something liturgical about the way today’s Gospel scenes unfold. It’s as if John is trying to show us how the risen Lord comes to us in the liturgy and sacraments.

In both scenes it is Sunday night. The doors are bolted tight, yet Jesus mysteriously comes. He greets them with an expression, “Peace be with you,” used elsewhere by divine messengers (see Daniel 10:19; Judges 6:23). He shows them signs of His real bodily presence. And on both nights the disciples respond by joyfully receiving Jesus as their “Lord.”

Isn’t this what happens in the Mass—where our Lord speaks to us in His Word, and gives Himself to us in the sacrament of His Body and Blood?

Let us approach the altar with joy, knowing that every Eucharist is the day the Lord has made—when the victory of Easter is again made wonderful in our eyes.