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ONE in Love

Posted: May 5, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Meditations

ONE in Love

Two weeks ago having attended a formation session on what the focolare movement was about, I was rather intrigued by the warmth and welcome we received by the members. I had also picked up practical ways to love.

I decided then that I would love to attend one of the Word of Life sessions to learn how they conducted their meetings and to experience it first hand. Moreover I wanted to see if what I learnt from the meeting could have bigger applications that is how to set the whole archdiocese on fire so that everyone will be more welcoming and loving.

However I wasn’t sure I could commit to attending. All that changed when I sent a casual message to the host enquiring if the meeting was still on? He welcomed me and sent me their latest Word of Life edition which was about the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Last month my spiritual director had guided me to reflect on the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit and how others saw those fruits in me. Surely it was a call to attend.

This morning after sending my daughter for Cathechism class I went to the Adoration room. The Lord spoke to me from John 10:16 I have many sheep not of this fold, I must also lead them and they will listen to my voice and they will be one flock under one shepherd. I saw in it how my own journey was unfolding. On the way to the focolare meeting, I was reading the Word of Life and this struck me deeply on how it all connects… “Whoever is with us will notice that we are not only children of our natural family, but also children of God.”

Loved the sharings in the meeting and can see why some members choose to make lifelong journeys together in this community.

Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted: May 5, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Begotten by Love:

Scott Hahn Reflects
on the Sixth Sunday
of Easter

Readings:

Acts 10:25–26, 34–35, 44–48
Ps 98:1–4
1 Jn 4:7–10
Jn 15:9–17

God is love, and He revealed that love in sending His only Son to be a sacrificial offering for our sins.
In these words from today’s Epistle, we should hear an echo of the story of Abraham’s offering of Isaac at the dawn of salvation history. Because Abraham obeyed God’s command and did not withhold his only beloved son, God promised that Abraham’s descendants, the children of Israel, would be the source of blessing for all nations (Genesis 22:16–18).
We see that promise coming to fulfillment in today’s First Reading. God pours out His Spirit upon the Gentiles, the non-Israelites, as they listen to the word of Peter’s preaching. Notice they receive the same gifts received by the devout Jews who heard Peter’s preaching at Pentecost—the Spirit comes to rest upon them and they speak in tongues, glorifying God (Acts 2:5–11).
In His love today, God reveals that His salvation embraces the house of Israel and peoples of all nations. Not by circumcision or blood relation to Abraham, but by faith in the Word of Christ, sealed in the Sacrament of Baptism, people are to be made children of Abraham, heirs to God’s covenants of promise (Galatians 3:7–9; Ephesians 2:12).
This is the wondrous work of God that we sing of in today’s Psalm. It is the work of the Church, the good fruit that Jesus chooses and appoints His Apostles for in today’s Gospel.
As Peter raises up Cornelius today, the Church continues to lift all eyes to Christ, the only one in whose name they can find salvation.
In the Church, each of us has been begotten by the love of God. But the Scriptures today reveal that this divine gift brings with it a command and a duty. We are to love one another as we have been loved. We are to lay down our lives in giving ourselves to others—that they too might find friendship with Christ, and new life through Him.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 5, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Living our Christian calling as children of God or Father is so very hard because it ostracises us from the those who live in the World and embraces worldly views. Views such as pro choice on abortion, same sex marriage, in vitro fertilisation and many more. Because we live our lives in the light of Christ we are very much hated by the world.

Living out our Christian values does not mean we do so in fear, on the contrary we do so boldly! For the Holy spirit is with us in our pilgrim journey. As we share the love of Christ Jesus our Lord with those who will listen. So that their hearts too can be touched by our Lord and share in His life.

O God our Father, You truly love us and Your love alone is all we need. Even though we live in the world we are not of it for we belong to You. Now and forever. Amen

First reading

Acts 16:1-10
‘Come across to Macedonia and help us’

From Cilicia Paul went to Derbe, and then on to Lystra. Here there was a disciple called Timothy, whose mother was a Jewess who had become a believer; but his father was a Greek. The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of Timothy, and Paul, who wanted to have him as a travelling companion, had him circumcised. This was on account of the Jews in the locality where everyone knew his father was a Greek.
As they visited one town after another, they passed on the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem, with instructions to respect them.
So the churches grew strong in the faith, as well as growing daily in numbers.
They travelled through Phrygia and the Galatian country, having been told by the Holy Spirit not to preach the word in Asia. When they reached the frontier of Mysia they thought to cross it into Bithynia, but as the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them, they went through Mysia and came down to Troas.
One night Paul had a vision: a Macedonian appeared and appealed to him in these words, ‘Come across to Macedonia and help us.’ Once he had seen this vision we lost no time in arranging a passage to Macedonia, convinced that God had called us to bring them the Good News.

Gospel

John 15:18-21
The world hated me before it hated you

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If the world hates you,
remember that it hated me before you.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you do not belong to the world, because my choice withdrew you from the world, therefore the world hates you.
Remember the words I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master.
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well.
But it will be on my account that they will do all this, because they do not know the one who sent me.’