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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 29, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

To Belong to Christ: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Numbers 11:25–29
Psalm 19:8,10,12–14
James 5:1–6
Mark 9:38–48

Today’s Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar moment in the history of Israel, the episode recalled in today’s First Reading. The seventy elders who receive God’s Spirit through Moses prefigure the ministry of the Apostles.
Like Joshua in the First Reading, John makes the mistake of presuming that only a select few are inspired and entrusted to carry out God’s plans. The Spirit blows where it wills (see John 3:8), and God desires to bestow His Spirit on all the people of God, in every nation under heaven (see Acts 2:5, 38).
God can and will work mighty deeds through the most unexpected and unlikely people. All of us are called to perform even our most humble tasks, such as giving a cup of water, for the sake of His name and the cause of His kingdom.
John believes he is protecting the purity of the Lord’s name. But, really, he’s only guarding his own privilege and status. It’s telling that the Apostles want to shut down the ministry of an exorcist. Authority to drive out demons and unclean spirits was one of the specific powers entrusted to the Twelve (see Mark 3:14–15; 6:7, 13).
Cleanse me from my unknown faults, we pray in today’s Psalm. Often, like Joshua and John, perhaps without noticing it, we cloak our failings and fears under the guise of our desire to defend Christ or the Church.
But as Jesus says today, instead of worrying about who is a real Christian and who is not, we should make sure that we ourselves are leading lives worthy of our calling as disciples (see Ephesians 1:4).
Does the advice we give, or the example of our actions, give scandal—causing others to doubt or lose faith? Do we do what we do with mixed motives instead of seeking only the Father’s will? Are we living, as this Sunday’s Epistle warns, for our own luxury and pleasure, and neglecting our neighbors?
We need to keep meditating on His Law, as we sing in today’s Psalm. We need to pray for the grace to detect our failings and to overcome them.

On Today’s Gospel

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

Is it not comforting that God our Father sends his angels to help and guide us on our pilgrim journey home? They work tirelessly for His glory. To illumine our path and defend us in the battle against evil.

Let us also be grateful then when our Lord Jesus Christ sends His angels to us to help us in our challenges and difficulties. Through His mercy and love He wills that we are all reunited with Him in heaven which He laid open for us.

Glory to You O Lord our God, now and forever. Amen

St Gabriel, St Raphael, St Michael the Holy Archangels of God pray for us.

First reading

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14
His robe was white as snow

As I watched:

Thrones were set in place
and one of great age took his seat.
His robe was white as snow,
the hair of his head as pure as wool.
His throne was a blaze of flames,its wheels were a burning fire.
A stream of fire poured out,
issuing from his presence.
A thousand thousand waited on him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
A court was held and the books were opened.

I gazed into the visions of the night.

And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence.
On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants.
His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever be destroyed.


John 1:47-51
You will see heaven laid open, and the Son of Man

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.’ ‘How do you know me?’ said Nathanael. ‘Before Philip came to call you,’ said Jesus ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.’ Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’ And then he added ‘I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.’

On Today’s Gospel

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

Of time and relationships we are impatient in both! We want what we want when we want it. We place our expectations on others and they must live up to them. In some if not most relationships, we don’t spare time to nurture it or wait for it to grow. And we question why our prayer life leads us no where and begin to think it is a waste of time. All the above speaks to where our relationship is with the Lord our God.

In our short time here on earth the Only thing that should matter is how much do we love the Lord our God, how much have we nurtured and grown in that love and faih. And have put that love and faith into service of others. For we know that time belongs to God. He is outside of time and so He sees all beginnings and end at the same time. His Will for us is all that matters for it is love in its purest form. God our Father’s love personified in Jesus Christ, died so that we may rise and live with Him forever.

It is not in the uttering but in the knowing that Jesus Christ is the Lord our God and He is the Lord of our lives. Amen

First reading

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
There is a time for every occupation under heaven

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven:

A time for giving birth,
a time for dying;
a time for planting,
a time for uprooting what has been planted.

A time for killing,
a time for healing;
a time for knocking down,
a time for building.

A time for tears,
a time for laughter;
a time for mourning,
a time for dancing.

A time for throwing stones away,
a time for gathering them up;
a time for embracing,
a time to refrain from embracing.

A time for searching,
a time for losing;
a time for keeping,
a time for throwing away.

A time for tearing,
a time for sewing;
a time for keeping silent,
a time for speaking.

A time for loving,
a time for hating;
a time for war,
a time for peace.

What does a man gain for the efforts that he makes? I contemplate the task that God gives mankind to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but though he has permitted man to consider time in its wholeness, man cannot comprehend the work of God from beginning to end.


Luke 9:18-22
‘You are the Christ of God’

One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples he put this question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ And they answered, ‘John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God’ he said. But he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone anything about this.
‘The Son of Man’ he said ‘is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 27, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What is the state of our lives? Are we meant to work ourselves into the ground? To keep superficial relationships alive for some semblance of sanity? To want and desire something new and yet, that something new becomes old in an instance. Living in paranoia and fear that our sins is catching up to us and soon we will pay the price much sooner than later. Ask yourself is this the life our loving Father in heaven means for you to have? Have you not boxed yourself into it by the choices you have made? Where was the Lord your God in all these choices?

Jesus came for you and me, so that we might have life to the full in Him. What good is it to know about Jesus but not enter into a deep personal relationship with the Savior of the world? Start this very day by surrendering your life to Him. Know that He will change all your curses into blessings. He will heal you of your sins and make you whole. You will have new and everlasting life with and in Him.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. Amen

First reading

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11
Nothing is new and all is vanity

Vanity of vanities, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanities. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity! For all his toil, his toil under the sun, what does man gain by it?
A generation goes, a generation comes, yet the earth stands firm for ever. The sun rises, the sun sets; then to its place it speeds and there it rises. Southward goes the wind, then turns to the north; it turns and turns again; back then to its circling goes the wind. Into the sea all the rivers go, and yet the sea is never filled, and still to their goal the rivers go. All things are wearisome. No man can say that eyes have not had enough of seeing, ears their fill of hearing. What was will be again; what has been done will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun. Take anything of which it may be said, ‘Look now, this is new.’ Already, long before our time, it existed. Only no memory remains of earlier times, just as in times to come next year itself will not be remembered.


Luke 9:7-9
‘John? I beheaded him; so who is this?’

Herod the tetrarch had heard about all that was being done by Jesus; and he was puzzled, because some people were saying that John had risen from the dead, others that Elijah had reappeared, still others that one of the ancient prophets had come back to life. But Herod said, ‘John? I beheaded him. So who is this I hear such reports about?’ And he was anxious to see Jesus.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 26, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Be content in the Lord and you will have all that you need. For yourself, family and in the service of your brethren.

For it is unfettered desires, wants that burns like a wild fire. That leads us to sin and misery.

As we go out into the world to proclaim and share the joy of the Gospel. Let us carry only what we need… Jesus!

Jesus my Lord, You alone are my strength, my salvation, my everything. Be the Lord of my life now and forever. Amen

First reading

Proverbs 30:5-9
Give me neither riches nor poverty, only my share

Every word of God is unalloyed, he is the shield of those who take refuge in him.
To his words make no addition, lest he reprove you and know you for a fraud.

Two things I beg of you,do not grudge me them before I die:keep falsehood and lies far from me,give me neither poverty nor riches, grant me only my share of bread to eat, for fear that surrounded by plenty, I should fall away and say, ‘the Lord – who is the Lord?’ or else, in destitution, take to stealing and profane the name of my God.


Luke 9:1-6
‘Take nothing for the journey’

Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and let none of you take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave, let it be from there. As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 25, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

If we want to compare ourselves with others which we should not, lest we see them as a benchmark to see how we are progressing; then let us compare ourselves with the saints now in heaven. Have we grown in holiness? Are we leading virtuous lives? Are we more loving and merciful? Are we attentive to the needs of others? Do others see the light of Christ within us?

The Word of God was always near and dear to the hearts of our beloved Saints who exemplified His Word through their loving works of mercy. They cared tenderly for the least of their brethren whom they saw as Jesus Himself.

Sisters and brothers, we may still be very far off on our journey towards sainthood, but let us encouraged one another. As we take little steps in the right direction on the narrow path. Let our Lord’s Word be a lamp unto our feet. Amen

First reading

Proverbs 21:1-6,10-13
On wickedness and virtue

Like flowing water is the heart of the king in the hand of the Lord,who turns it where he pleases.

A man’s conduct may strike him as upright,the Lord, however, weighs the heart.

To act virtuously and with justice is more pleasing to the Lord than sacrifice.

Haughty eye, proud heart, lamp of the wicked, nothing but sin.

The hardworking man is thoughtful, and all is gain;too much haste, and all that comes of it is want.

To make a fortune with the help of a lying tongue, such the idle fantasy of those who look for death.

The wicked man’s soul is intent on evil,he looks on his neighbour with dislike.

When a mocker is punished, the ignorant man grows wiser,when a wise man is instructed he acquires more knowledge.

The Just One watches the house of the wicked:he hurls the wicked to destruction.

He who shuts his ear to the poor man’s cry shall himself plead and not be heard.


Luke 8:19-21
‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God’

The mother and the brothers of Jesus came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd. He was told, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.’ But he said in answer, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’

On Today’s Gospel

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

Most live their lives as though the Lord our God is absent. They become impatient with their children, spouses, family members, community. They delay to tend to their needs as inertia sets in. And unchecked may lead to violent tendencies when their own wants and needs are not met. How then can we expect love of neighbour? Where is the love in anything they say and do? Absent while the Lord is ‘absent’?

The Lord our God is present all the time. Those who know this will not tarry. Even though they themselves may be tired, they will move for love of Him and neighbour. They do not live lives of duplicity and strive for Holiness. The light of Christ shines within them and so they become beacons of His love and grace.

Lord Jesus let me always live in Your presence, now and forever. Amen

First reading

Proverbs 3:27-34
The Lord blesses the home of the virtuous

My son, do not refuse a kindness to anyone who begs it, if it is in your power to perform it.

Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Go away! Come another time! I will give it you tomorrow’, if you can do it now.
Do not plot harm against your neighbour as he lives unsuspecting next door.
Do not pick a groundless quarrel with a man who has done you no harm.
Do not emulate the man of violence, never model your conduct on his; for the wilful wrong-doer is abhorrent to the Lord, who confides only in honest men.
The Lord’s curse lies on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the virtuous.
He mocks those who mock, but accords his favour to the humble.


Luke 8:16-18
Anyone who has will be given more

Jesus said to the crowds:
‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light. So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.’

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 22, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Servant of All: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Wisdom 2:12,17–20
Psalm 54:3–8
James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30–37

In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes—who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33–34).
The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord’s Passion. We hear His enemies complain that “the Just One” has challenged their authority, reproached them for breaking the law of Moses, for betraying their training as leaders and teachers.
And we hear chilling words that foreshadow how they will mock Him as He hangs on the Cross: “For if the Just One be the Son of God, He will . . . deliver Him . . . ” (compare Matthew 27:41–43).

Today’s Gospel and Psalm give us the flip side of the First Reading. In both, we hear of Jesus’ sufferings from His point of view. Though His enemies surround Him, He offers Himself freely in sacrifice, trusting that God will sustain Him.
But the Apostles today don’t understand this second announcement of Christ’s passion. They begin arguing over issues of succession—over who among them is greatest, who will be chosen to lead after Christ is killed.
Again they are thinking not as God, but as human beings (see Mark 8:33). And again Jesus teaches the Twelve—the chosen leaders of His Church—that they must lead by imitating His example of love and self-sacrifice. They must be “servants of all,” especially the weak and the helpless—symbolized by the child He embraces and places in their midst.
This is a lesson for us, too. We must have the mind of Christ, who humbled Himself to come among us (see Philippians 2:5–11). We must freely offer ourselves, making everything we do a sacrifice in praise of His name.
As James says in today’s Epistle, we must seek wisdom from above, desiring humility, not glory, and in all things be gentle and full of mercy.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 22, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We reap what we sow. What it boils down to is our choice. Do we choose to put the Lord our God first in our lives or allow the world to rule it? Some examples of the latter would be to watch television, play games over family prayer and reflection. Skip community prayer meetings for leisurely activitues. So again we reap what we sow.

The Word of God gives life, loving and living the word in our lives bears fruit for us, our family, our community, our church and all who share in it. We become more and more like our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ in our words and actions. And so choosing to die in Him we will rise in Him.

Plant your word deep into my being Lord, so that I may always bear fruit for You. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42-49
The resurrected body is heavenly by nature

Someone may ask, ‘How are dead people raised, and what sort of body do they have when they come back?’ They are stupid questions. Whatever you sow in the ground has to die before it is given new life and the thing that you sow is not what is going to come; you sow a bare grain, say of wheat or something like that, It is the same with the resurrection of the dead: the thing that is sown is perishable but what is raised is imperishable; the thing that is sown is contemptible but what is raised is glorious; the thing that is sown is weak but what is raised is powerful; when it is sown it embodies the soul, when it is raised it embodies the spirit.
If the soul has its own embodiment, so does the spirit have its own embodiment. The first man, Adam, as scripture says, became a living soul; but the last Adam has become a life-giving spirit. That is, first the one with the soul, not the spirit, and after that, the one with the spirit. The first man, being from the earth, is earthly by nature; the second man is from heaven. As this earthly man was, so are we on earth; and as the heavenly man is, so are we in heaven. And we, who have been modelled on the earthly man, will be modelled on the heavenly man.


Luke 8:4-15
The parable of the sower

With a large crowd gathering and people from every town finding their way to him, Jesus used this parable:
‘A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell on the edge of the path and was trampled on; and the birds of the air ate it up. Some seed fell on rock, and when it came up it withered away, having no moisture. Some seed fell amongst thorns and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell into rich soil and grew and produced its crop a hundredfold.’ Saying this he cried, ‘Listen, anyone who has ears to hear!’
His disciples asked him what this parable might mean, and he said, ‘The mysteries of the kingdom of God are revealed to you; for the rest there are only parables, so that they may see but not perceive, listen but not understand.

‘This, then, is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God. Those on the edge of the path are people who have heard it, and then the devil comes and carries away the word from their hearts in case they should believe and be saved. Those on the rock are people who, when they first hear it, welcome the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of trial they give up. As for the part that fell into thorns, this is people who have heard, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and do not reach maturity. As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their perseverance.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 21, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We will all come to the realisation that we have to rely on one another’s gifts and talents in order to accomplish targets and goals with finesse. This is especially so if we are to give glory to God in building His kingdom. The key as St Paul shares with us is to do so in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Bearing with one another. For me as for many, selflessness is the greatest obstacle. What is in it for me? Why must I sacrifice my time? Why must I do more than the others? Why must I suffer? Why should I do so for strangers?

Maturity in Christ is in embracing the knowledge that He gave Himself totally and completely for the love of us by dying on the cross. So that we might be liberated from our sins and certain death. By His example we are called to love one another especially the stranger and least of our brethren amongst us. We can do so by growing and deepening our relationship with Him through His Word. Living according to His will for us and striving for Holiness.

Then together with our master, we will rejoice with every soul we have touched through His grace and led to His kingdom. We will bear fruit as we are called to do. Amen

St Matthew pray for us..

First reading

Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13
We are all to come to unity, fully mature in the knowledge of the Son of God

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can tol preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.
Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. To some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.


Matthew 9:9-13
It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick

As Jesus was walking on, he saw a man named Matthew sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.
While he was at dinner in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When he heard this he replied, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. Go and learn the meaning of the words: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice. And indeed I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 20, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. This is the call of our loving Saviour who wants to set you free from all the sins you carry. What is your response? Continue to wallow in your misery? Try to break free by your own strength and efforts? Why continue to walk in circles? Seek out our Lord on your knees, weeping for your sins. He will heal, restore and sanctify you.

For Jesus knows your capability and capacity to love. He will transform you to become powerful instruments of His grace. Who better to spread the Gospel of God’s love then the sinner who once was lost but now is found. Who was without hope or love but now is filled with joy and Peace.

Lord Jesus I know without a doubt that you truly love me a sinner with all your heart. Let me be the disciple you want me to be. So that I may teach transgressors your ways and lead them to your abounding love. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 15:1-11
I preached what the others preach, and you all believed

Brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, the gospel that you received and in which you are firmly established; because the gospel will save you only if you keep believing exactly what I preached to you – believing anything else will not lead to anything.
Well then, in the first place, I taught you what I had been taught myself, namely that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; and that he was raised to life on the third day, in accordance with the scriptures; that he appeared first to Cephas and secondly to the Twelve. Next he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died; then he appeared to James, and then to all the apostles; and last of all he appeared to me too; it was as though I was born when no one expected it.
I am the least of the apostles; in fact, since I persecuted the Church of God, I hardly deserve the name apostle; but by God’s grace that is what I am, and the grace that he gave me has not been fruitless. On the contrary, I, or rather the grace of God that is with me, have worked harder than any of the others; but what matters is that I preach what they preach, and this is what you all believed.


Luke 7:36-50
Her many sins have been forgiven, or she would not have shown such great love

One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table, a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who this woman is that is touching him and what a bad name she has.’ Then Jesus took him up and said, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Speak, Master’ was the reply. ‘There was once a creditor who had two men in his debt; one owed him five hundred denarii, the other fifty. They were unable to pay, so he pardoned them both. Which of them will love him more?’ ‘The one who was pardoned more, I suppose’ answered Simon. Jesus said, ‘You are right.’
Then he turned to the woman. ‘Simon,’ he said ‘you see this woman? I came into your house, and you poured no water over my feet, but she has poured out her tears over my feet and wiped them away with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but she has been covering my feet with kisses ever since I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. For this reason I tell you that her sins, her many sins, must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love. It is the man who is forgiven little who shows little love.’ Then he said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ Those who were with him at table began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this man, that he even forgives sins?’ But he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 19, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Have you encountered a stubborn, opinionated, disobedient child in your lifetime? Refusing to listen to reason or to be embraced by loving, nurturing hands? Take a good look in the mirror for if you do not have a loving relationship with the Lord your God then you are that very child!

Then there are children who have responded to the call to service because they had encountered the Lord. Some however have not grounded themselves on His Word but have relied on their own limited knowledge, gifts and talents to serve. Others do the bare minimum for their faith. How can you share hope, faith and love in and for the Lord, when you have little or none of these present in your own lives?

Lord Jesus to know you is to love you. To love you fills me with hope and peace. Let my faith grow in your love. Nourish me with your Word, that filled with your love I may serve you and my brethren faithfully. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
The supremacy of charity

Be ambitious for the higher gifts. And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them.
If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever.
Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.
Love does not come to an end. But if there are gifts of prophecy, the time will come when they must fail; or the gift of languages, it will not continue for ever; and knowledge – for this, too, the time will come when it must fail. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophesying is imperfect; but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will disappear. When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and think like a child, and argue like a child, but now I am a man, all childish ways are put behind me. Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror; but then we shall be seeing face to face. The knowledge that I have now is imperfect; but then I shall know as fully as I am known.
In short, there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.


Luke 7:31-35
‘We played the pipes, and you wouldn’t dance’

Jesus said to the people:
‘What description can I find for the men of this generation? What are they like? They are like children shouting to one another while they sit in the market-place:

‘“We played the pipes for you,
and you wouldn’t dance;
we sang dirges,
and you wouldn’t cry.”

‘For John the Baptist comes, not eating bread, not drinking wine, and you say, “He is possessed.” The Son of Man comes, eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet Wisdom has been proved right by all her children.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 18, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Yes indeed we can marvel at just how vibrant our church is, with the many varied gifts and talents the Lord our God has poured on us all. Take for instance a charismatic healing session, we have an enigmatic priest, an eloquent dynamic prayer leader, we have angelic singers, highly skilled musicians, knowledgeable AV team, and a meticulous logistics team. All working as one to build God’s Kingdom.

Why then in some instances there is still jealousy, bickering and division? Ask ourselves then is Christ Jesus the centre of everything we say and do? Have we prayed regularly together? Is the word of God dear and near to each and everyone of us? Do we affirm one another’s gifts and talents? Are we single minded in our love and service of our Lord and our brethren? Are we as St Paul says, ambitious for higher gifts?

All that we strive for amounts to nothing if our Lord Jesus Christ does not dwell first in our hearts. So that all that we do for Him and especially our brethren will be filled with love, mercy and compassion. Our words and actions are life giving for we ourselves are connected to the source of life;our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27-31
You together are Christ’s body: each of you a different part

Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
Nor is the body to be identified with any one of its many parts. Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part of it. In the Church, God has given the first place to apostles, the second to prophets, the third to teachers; after them, miracles, and after them the gift of healing; helpers, good leaders, those with many languages. Are all of them apostles, or all of them prophets, or all of them teachers? Do they all have the gift of miracles, or all have the gift of healing? Do all speak strange languages, and all interpret them? Be ambitious for the higher gifts.


Luke 7:11-17
The only son of his mother, and she a widow

Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.’ And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Everyone was filled with awe and praised God saying, ‘A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people.’ And this opinion of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 17, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Are we one in the Lord at every Eucharistic Celebration? Or are have we come individually to worship Him? Do we come to welcome Him singing with one voice or do we come on our own schedule? Where is the communion?

And so if we had received the Lord in Holy Communion then we must carry that communion with Him throughout the week. At every meeting, every gathering, one with and in Him. Otherwise our ministry, communities, family will be pulled in every direction. How then can we expect growth in faith, love even charity?

Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is knowing that whether He is physically present or not, it is through our faith in Him that His grace abounds.

Lord I am not worthy to receive You, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 11:17-26,33
If each one hurries to be first, it is not the Lord’s Supper you are eating

On the subject of instructions, I cannot say that you have done well in holding meetings that do you more harm than good. In the first place, I hear that when you all come together as a community, there are separate factions among you, and I half believe it – since there must no doubt be separate groups among you, to distinguish those who are to be trusted. The point is, when you hold these meetings, it is not the Lord’s Supper that you are eating, since when the time comes to eat, everyone is in such a hurry to start his own supper that one person goes hungry while another is getting drunk. Surely you have homes for eating and drinking in? Surely you have enough respect for the community of God not to make poor people embarrassed? What am I to say to you? Congratulate you? I cannot congratulate you on this.
For this is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death, So to sum up, my dear brothers, when you meet for the Meal, wait for one another.


Luke 7:1-10
Give the word, and my servant will be healed

When Jesus had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he went into Capernaum. A centurion there had a servant, a favourite of his, who was sick and near death. Having heard about Jesus he sent some Jewish elders to him to ask him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus they pleaded earnestly with him. ‘He deserves this of you’ they said ‘because he is friendly towards our people; in fact, he is the one who built the synagogue.’ So Jesus went with them, and was not very far from the house when the centurion sent word to him by some friends: ‘Sir,’ he said ‘do not put yourself to trouble; because I am not worthy to have you under my roof; and for this same reason I did not presume to come to you myself; but give the word and let my servant be cured. For I am under authority myself, and have soldiers under me; and I say to one man: Go, and he goes; to another: Come here, and he comes; to my servant: Do this, and he does it.’ When Jesus heard these words he was astonished at him and, turning round, said to the crowd following him, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found faith like this.’ And when the messengers got back to the house they found the servant in perfect health.

Stewards of the Banquet

Posted: September 16, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We are a group of disciples which strive to lead our Lord’s flock to a greater liturgical experience of the Holy Eucharist through the deepening of their faith and relationship with Him. We also serve as guardians at the Eucharistic Celebration.

We begin by becoming beacons of His love by our own inner transformation through His grace; by learning and living His Word. By growing in our prayer life and fraternal love for one another by the coming together as one community centred on Him. By our reverence, dress and demeanour we become sacraments in which to lead the congregation into the sacred.

At the Eucharistic Celebration we begin by welcoming everyone to our parish with His peace and love. Ensuring they have a peaceful and safe environment to worship and to pray. We collect and safeguard the gifts offered during the Eucharistic Celebration. And at the end of the celebration we bid them farewell and God our Father’s blessings upon them as they and we do, go forth to share His love with the world.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 15, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Following the Messiah: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Isaiah 50:4–9
Psalm 116:1–6, 8–9
James 2:14–18
Mark 8:27–35

In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is.
Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when he declares: “You are the Messiah.” Many expected the Messiah to be a miracle worker who would vanquish Israel’s enemies and restore the kingdom of David (see John 6:15).
Jesus today reveals a different portrait. He calls Himself the Son of Man, evoking the royal figure Daniel saw in his heavenly visions (see Daniel 7:13–14). But Jesus’ kingship is not to be of this world (see John 18:36). And the path to His throne, as He reveals, is by way of suffering and death.
Jesus identifies the Messiah with the suffering servant that Isaiah foretells in today’s First Reading. The words of Isaiah’s servant are Jesus’ words—as He gives Himself to be shamed and beaten, trusting that God will be His help. We hear our Lord’s voice again in today’s Psalm, as He gives thanks that God has freed Him from the cords of death.
As Jesus tells us today, to believe that He is the Messiah is to follow His way of self-denial—losing our lives to save them, in order to rise with Him to new life. Our faith, we hear again in today’s Epistle, must express itself in works of love (see Galatians 5:6).
Notice that Jesus questions the apostles today “along the way.” They are on the way to Jerusalem, where the Lord will lay down His life. We, too, are on a journey with the Lord.
We must take up our cross, giving to others and enduring all our trials for His sake and the sake of the Gospel.
Our lives must be an offering of thanksgiving for the new life He has given us, until that day when we reach our destination, and walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 15, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Is it not fitting that a day after the exaltation of the Holy Cross we remember our lady of sorrows, our dearest mother whom our beloved Lord and saviour Jesus Christ gave us to be our very own.

She lovingly weeps for us her children, urging and guiding us towards holiness. To turn away from all evils of sin. She is present and stands with us in our trials and challenges interceding for us. How can we not be inspired then by her love? To live according to the will of her son our Lord.

Let us be single minded in all that we say and all that do in loving and serving the Lord our God. For then the world will see that we are truly one body in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Our Lady of sorrows pray for us….

First reading

1 Corinthians 10:14-22
We are a single body because we all share the one bread

My dear brothers, you must keep clear of idolatry. I say to you as sensible people: judge for yourselves what I am saying. The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf. Look at the other Israel, the race, where those who eat the sacrifices are in communion with the altar. Does this mean that the food sacrificed to idols has a real value, or that the idol itself is real? Not at all. It simply means that the sacrifices that they offer they sacrifice to demons who are not God. I have no desire to see you in communion with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot take your share at the table of the Lord and at the table of demons. Do we want to make the Lord angry; are we stronger than he is?


John 19:25-27
‘Woman, this is your son’

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your mother.’ And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 14, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Love lifted on the cross for me: my Lord, my God, my salvation. Love lifted high to set me free: my Lord, my God, my salvation. Lyrics from this beautiful song of the cross which provides great depth for reflection on God our Father’s love for us all.

Many times in our life we had chosen to turn out backs on our Lord, placing everything else above Him. We had spoken or unspoken words of anger against God in our hearts. We had chosen to sin, sometimes out of spite, other times as an escape while other times simply our own base desires. Having succumbed to the poison of sin, death would surely come.

Yet our Lord Jesus Christ continues to invite us to turn to Him. With open arms He waits to embrace us. For to gaze upon Him on the cross is to witness God’s immense love for us. He died to set us free from the heavy bonds of sin. To live new, fruitful lives in Him. Everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. Amen

First reading

Numbers 21:4-9

If anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked up at the bronze serpent and lived

On the way through the wilderness the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is neither bread nor water here; we are sick of this unsatisfying food.’
At this God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede for us with the Lord to save us from these serpents.’ Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord answered him, ‘Make a fiery serpent and put it on a standard. If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.’ So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.


John 3:13-17
God sent his Son so that through him the world might be saved

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven; and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.’

Song of the cross

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 13, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We have a duty as God our Father’s children to lead everyone to a greater knowledge of Him through our Lord Jesus Christ so that they might enter into that same deep and meaningful, personal relationship we have with Him. We do so most of all by our holiness in Him.

That is to say we must avoid sin and sinfulness at all cost. There must be no hint of scandal in all we say or do. We cannot say that we sit with sinners and do what they do so as to gradually lead them into the light. No! Be holy as your heavenly Father is Holy.

Christians are called to a higher standard. The bar so to speak has been set by our Lord Jesus Christ who has shown us the way by His very own example. It is through Him alone that we can love as we ought, be merciful and kind as we ought. And much, much more. For His love and mercy abounds in us His faithful. And so the measure that we give, is the measure that we receive. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 8:1-7,11-13
Your brethren may be weaker than you: do not lead them astray

Now about food sacrificed to idols. ‘We all have knowledge’; yes, that is so, but knowledge gives self-importance – it is love that makes the building grow. A man may imagine he understands something, but still not understand anything in the way that he ought to. But any man who loves God is known by him. Well then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: we know that idols do not really exist in the world and that there is no god but the One. And even if there were things called gods, either in the sky or on earth – where there certainly seem to be ‘gods’ and ‘lords’ in plenty – still for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things come and for whom we exist; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things come and through whom we exist.
Some people, however, do not have this knowledge. There are some who have been so long used to idols that they eat this food as though it really had been sacrificed to the idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled by it. In this way your knowledge could become the ruin of someone weak, of a brother for whom Christ died. By sinning in this way against your brothers, and injuring their weak consciences, it would be Christ against whom you sinned. That is why, since food can be the occasion of my brother’s downfall, I shall never eat meat again in case I am the cause of a brother’s downfall.


Luke 6:27-38
Love your enemies

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 12, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What is it that you own? Be it possessions, titles, or certifications that you can bring with you when you die? Many will agree that life is too short however some have mottos to live life to the fullest by doing as the please, seeking and chasing one pleasure after the next. While others who have little might mourn about never having enough and having to struggle all their lives.

Here is the truth, the Lord our God loves you with an everlasting love. He is the only constant in an ever changing world. For even as the world passes away, His word is forevermore. Our Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God is the source of life. And so to live with and in Him is to live life to the fullest come what may.

Happy the man and woman who places all their trust in the Lord. Who seeks first the kingdom of God always. They are truly blessed, now and forever. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 7:25-31
The world as we know it is passing away

About remaining celibate, I have no directions from the Lord but give my own opinion as one who, by the Lord’s mercy, has stayed faithful. Well then, I believe that in these present times of stress this is right: that it is good for a man to stay as he is. If you are tied to a wife, do not look for freedom; if you are free of a wife, then do not look for one. But if you marry, it is no sin, and it is not a sin for a young girl to get married. They will have their troubles, though, in their married life, and I should like to spare you that.
Brothers, this is what I mean: our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.


Luke 6:20-26
Happy are you who are poor, who are hungry, who weep

Fixing his eyes on his disciples Jesus said:

‘How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.
Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.
Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.

Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.

‘But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.
Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry.
Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep.

‘Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 11, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How have you been progressing towards holiness? What are the fruits of your transformation? Are you more loving and forgiving of your sisters and brothers faults? Are you as chosen ones leading others towards holiness? Towards greater faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Or are you still bickering? Pointing fingers at others, accusing others of wrong doing? Engaging in plots of character assassination? Are you judging others according to the standards of the world? Who then do you think stands behind your thoughts and actions?

As the twelve apostles were chosen so are we His chosen flock. To lead everyone to salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord indeed is our shepherd there is nothing we shall want. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Do not drag your brother to a pagan for judgement

How dare one of your members take up a complaint against another in the law courts of the unjust instead of before the saints? As you know, it is the saints who are to ‘judge the world’; and if the world is to be judged by you, how can you be unfit to judge trifling cases? Since we are also to judge angels, it follows that we can judge matters of everyday life; but when you have had cases of that kind, the people you appointed to try them were not even respected in the Church. You should be ashamed: is there really not one reliable man among you to settle differences between brothers and so one brother brings a court case against another in front of unbelievers? It is bad enough for you to have lawsuits at all against one another: oughtn’t you to let yourselves be wronged, and let yourselves be cheated? But you are doing the wronging and the cheating, and to your own brothers.
You know perfectly well that people who do wrong will not inherit the kingdom of God: people of immoral lives, idolaters, adulterers, catamites, sodomites, thieves, usurers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers will never inherit the kingdom of God. These are the sort of people some of you were once, but now you have been washed clean, and sanctified, and justified through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God.


Luke 6:12-19
Jesus chooses his twelve apostles

Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them ‘apostles’: Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.
He then came down with them and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and from Jerusalem and from the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon who had come to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. People tormented by unclean spirits were also cured, and everyone in the crowd was trying to touch him because power came out of him that cured them all.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 10, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

No form of immorality should be tolerated in any of the communities we belong to. For the souls of its members must be the primary concern. For sin left to its own device will spread its ugly form in many varied ways. Soon many more will fall prey. Ask yourself this question, loving another deeply would you want to lead the one you love to heaven or to hell by your choices and actions?

We must strive to do good always. Seeking to restore and heal through the love and power of Christ our Saviour. All our thoughts, words and actions must be Christ centric. For through Him alone do we have life.

Lord Jesus in all things I choose You and your will for me. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 5:1-8
Get rid of the old yeast of evil and wickedness

I have been told as an undoubted fact that one of you is living with his father’s wife. This is a case of sexual immorality among you that must be unparalleled even among pagans. How can you be so proud of yourselves? You should be in mourning. A man who does a thing like that ought to have been expelled from the community. Though I am far away in body, I am with you in spirit, and have already condemned the man who did this thing as if I were actually present. When you are assembled together in the name of the Lord Jesus, and I am spiritually present with you, then with the power of our Lord Jesus he is to be handed over to Satan so that his sensual body may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
The pride that you take in yourselves is hardly to your credit. You must know how even a small amount of yeast is enough to leaven all the dough, so get rid of all the old yeast, and make yourselves into a completely new batch of bread, unleavened as you are meant to be. Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed; let us celebrate the feast, then, by getting rid of all the old yeast of evil and wickedness, having only the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


Luke 6:6-11
Is it against the law on the sabbath to save life?

On the sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching him to see if he would cure a man on the sabbath, hoping to find something to use against him. But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Stand up! Come out into the middle.’ And he came out and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, ‘I put it to you: is it against the law on the sabbath to do good, or to do evil; to save life, or to destroy it?’ Then he looked round at them all and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He did so, and his hand was better. But they were furious, and began to discuss the best way of dealing with Jesus.

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 8, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

All Things Well: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Isaiah 35:4–7
Psalm 146:7–10
James 2:1–5
Mark 7:31–37

The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things He had done and declared them good (see Genesis 1:31).
Mark also deliberately evokes Isaiah’s promise, which we hear in today’s First Reading, that God will make the deaf hear and the mute speak. He even uses a Greek word to describe the man’s condition (mogilalon, or “speech impediment”) that’s only found in one other place in the Bible—in the Greek translation of today’s Isaiah passage, where the prophet describes the “dumb” singing.
The crowd recognizes that Jesus is doing what the prophet had foretold. But Mark wants us to see something far greater—that, to use the words from today’s First Reading: “Here is your God.”
Notice how personal and physical the drama is in the Gospel. Our focus is drawn to a hand, a finger, ears, a tongue, spitting. In Jesus, Mark shows us, God has truly come in the flesh.
What He has done is to make all things new, a new creation (see Revelation 21:1–5). As Isaiah promised, He has made the living waters of Baptism flow in the desert of the world. He has set captives free from their sins, as we sing in today’s Psalm. He has come that rich and poor might dine together in the Eucharistic feast, as James tells us in today’s Epistle.
He has done for each of us what He did for that deaf mute. He has opened our ears to hear the Word of God, and loosed our tongues that we might sing praises to Him.
Let us then, in the Eucharist, again give thanks to our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. Let us say with Isaiah, here is our God, He comes to save us. Let us be rich in faith, that we might inherit the kingdom promised to those who love Him.

On this day we celebrate the Nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary whom we love and honour with grateful hearts for her continued love and intercession for us.

This morning after attending a grace filled Eucharistic Celebration I sought out Father for the Sacrament of reconciliation and headed home feeling truly light and elated, with light rain falling like a blessing from heaven as confirmation.

Then I recalled this vision I had while meditating on the sorrowful mystery of the rosary a few months back which I felt to be personally profound. It is only now that I am prompted to share on this special day.

*Agony in the Garden*

We know that our Blessed Mother united her own sufferings with Christ Jesus her son. Through her own profound sorrow and pain there was great redemptive power and grace released for us her children.

The vision I had was a glimpse into Mary’s own agony in the ‘garden’…

I saw Mary our mother kneeling and weeping below the tree which hung her beloved Son. A garden of souls all around waiting to be saved. Her heart was in great agony for love of her Son and for the rest of humanity which pierced it so. She would willingly have given up her own life if it would save her son but knew and trusted that God our Father had other plans for Him as He did for her. She willingly accepted the will of her Son to be the mother of us all. Many of us might have one time or another experienced excruciating mental anguish which is far worse than physical pain, still this would not even be close to that which our Blessed Mother experienced. Still she remained faithful and loving till the end and beyond.

Dearest mother we love and thank God for you. Happy Blessed birthday!

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 8, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

You are chosen to give life to the World…..

Mary by her own Immaculate conception and birth was chosen and her yes;in faithfulness and obedience brought forth the source of life Himself, our Lord Jesus Christ. He came so that we might have life to the full.

We are chosen too by the offering of our lives, to the love and service of God and neighbour. So that we can bring light where there is darkness, hope where there is despair. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, we are chosen to bring life into the world. His Peace and love, for He is life itself.

Blessed Mother help me to always remain in steadfast service of your Son. Purify my thoughts, word and actions. Amen

Happy birthday Blessed Mother.

First reading

Micah 5:1-4
He will stand and feed his flock with the power of the Lord

The Lord says this:

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, the least of the clans of Judah,
out of you will be born for me the one who is to rule over Israel;his origin goes back to the distant past, to the days of old.
The Lord is therefore going to abandon them
till the time when she who is to give birth gives birth.
Then the remnant of his brothers will come back
to the sons of Israel.
He will stand and feed his flock with the power of the Lord, with the majesty of the name of his God.
They will live secure, for from then on he will extend his power to the ends of the land.
He himself will be peace.


Matthew 1:1-16,18-23
The ancestry and conception of Jesus Christ

A genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, Tamar being their mother,
Perez was the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram was the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon was the father of Boaz, Rahab being his mother,
Boaz was the father of Obed, Ruth being his mother,
Obed was the father of Jesse;
and Jesse was the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Azariah, Azariah was the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah; and Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers.
Then the deportation to Babylon took place.

After the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor was the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob; and Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him Emmanuel,

a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 7, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What kind of steward are you? One who wants others to know that you are in charge and they must follow you without question? Who is without mercy and compassion? Do you want and seek affirmation from your peers and others or do you only want to be affirmed by the Lord your God? How many when they see you, see Christ in you? How many have you led closer to Christ Jesus your Lord?

Our hearts must be transformed by Jesus our Lord and God. Out with our old understanding, preconceived ideas and thoughts. Out with sinful habits and ways. Turn to Him to be renewed, liberated from all sin and remain in the light of His Resurrection. For God’s love is like good vintage wine which never runs out and that is all we will ever want or need. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 4:1-5
The Lord alone is our judge

People must think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God. What is expected of stewards is that each one should be found worthy of his trust. Not that it makes the slightest difference to me whether you, or indeed any human tribunal, find me worthy or not. I will not even pass judgement on myself. True, my conscience does not reproach me at all, but that does not prove that I am acquitted: the Lord alone is my judge. There must be no passing of premature judgement. Leave that until the Lord comes; he will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts. Then will be the time for each one to have whatever praise he deserves, from God.


Luke 5:33-39
When the bridegroom is taken from them, then they will fast

The Pharisees and the scribes said to Jesus, ‘John’s disciples are always fasting and saying prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees too, but yours go on eating and drinking.’ Jesus replied, ‘Surely you cannot make the bridegroom’s attendants fast while the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come, the time for the bridegroom to be taken away from them; that will be the time when they will fast.’
He also told them this parable, ‘No one tears a piece from a new cloak to put it on an old cloak; if he does, not only will he have torn the new one, but the piece taken from the new will not match the old.
‘And nobody puts new wine into old skins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and then run out, and the skins will be lost. No; new wine must be put into fresh skins. And nobody who has been drinking old wine wants new. “The old is good” he says.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 6, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How foolish indeed are we who think we are wiser than the Lord our God! No I would never think that… Really?

What does it say when we say and act as though we are in control of everything there is in our lives? With some of us even trying to control other people’s lives. What does it say when our Lord calls us for a task or simply to follow Him and we say to Him, “No Lord not right now, not ready, no time, I’ve got more important plans or things, people to attend to.” Who then is the wiser?

We are wise when we come to realise that we don’t know everything there is to know, especially the ways of our Lord and God. When we humble ourselves to learn His ways through His Word and to be present in His presence. To be obedient unto Him so that He can teach us and mould us to be powerful instruments of His grace. So that we too like St Peter and companions, can become fishers of men. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 3:18-23
The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God

Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As scripture says: The Lord knows wise men’s thoughts: he knows how useless they are; or again: God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise. So there is nothing to boast about in anything human: Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life and death, the present and the future, are all your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.


Luke 5:1-11
They left everything and followed him

Jesus was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’ ‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.’ And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.
When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, ‘Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.’ For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. But Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch.’ Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.

On Today’s Gospel

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

The Lord our God sends His priests, laity, Holy spirit filled men and women to guide and show us the way. Often times very different ways from what we are used to. Do we complain and compare one with another? Or accept that whatever the case it is meant for our spiritual growth. For even in dryness we learn to thrive without consolation.

Even if we disagree and feel that we are being led in a different direction. Know that our Lord Jesus Christ can make all crooked lines or paths straight. His chosen are spiritual only because they are tapped into the source of life, our Lord and God.

Let us then strive to be one just as He is one. And remain focused on Christ alone and our mission to save souls. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Neither the planter nor the waterer matters, only God, who makes things grow

Brothers, I myself was unable to speak to you as people of the Spirit: I treated you as sensual men, still infants in Christ. What I fed you with was milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it; and indeed, you are still not ready for it since you are still unspiritual. Isn’t that obvious from all the jealousy and wrangling that there is among you, from the way that you go on behaving like ordinary people? What could be more unspiritual than your slogans, ‘I am for Paul’ and ‘I am for Apollos’?
After all, what is Apollos and what is Paul? They are servants who brought the faith to you. Even the different ways in which they brought it were assigned to them by the Lord. I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but God made things grow. Neither the planter nor the waterer matters: only God, who makes things grow. It is all one who does the planting and who does the watering, and each will duly be paid according to his share in the work. We are fellow workers with God; you are God’s farm, God’s building.


Luke 4:38-44
He would not allow them to speak because they knew he was the Christ

Leaving the synagogue, Jesus went to Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever and they asked him to do something for her. Leaning over her he rebuked the fever and it left her. And she immediately got up and began to wait on them.
At sunset all those who had friends suffering from diseases of one kind or another brought them to him, and laying his hands on each he cured them. Devils too came out of many people, howling, ‘You are the Son of God.’ But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.
When daylight came he left the house and made his way to a lonely place. The crowds went to look for him, and when they had caught up with him they wanted to prevent him leaving them, but he answered, ‘I must proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, because that is what I was sent to do.’ And he continued his preaching in the synagogues of Judaea.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 4, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Yes there are many who do not share the faith with others for fear of not knowing enough or not being eloquent enough. Nor will they offer to pray with or over another afterall they feel they are not Holy enough. Then there are some willing to share or pray but rely on their own knowledge and strength.

All power and knowledge of Christ comes from Christ Jesus Himself. By deepening our relationship with Him through His word, living it and prayer we become one with Him. His spirit lives in us so that whatever we say or do, we do so in the spirit. While we certainly will not know everything there is to know, the Holy Spirit will guide us to say what is needed and when. In awe of what is mentioned through our mouths we give Him glory and thanks.

Let us always remain docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit so we may be powerful instruments of His love through Christ our Lord. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 2:10-16
The Spirit reaches even the depths of God

The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God. After all, the depths of a man can only be known by his own spirit, not by any other man, and in the same way the depths of God can only be known by the Spirit of God. Now instead of the spirit of the world, we have received the Spirit that comes from God, to teach us to understand the gifts that he has given us. Therefore we teach, not in the way in which philosophy is taught, but in the way that the Spirit teaches us: we teach spiritual things spiritually. An unspiritual person is one who does not accept anything of the Spirit of God: he sees it all as nonsense; it is beyond his understanding because it can only be understood by means of the Spirit. A spiritual man, on the other hand, is able to judge the value of everything, and his own value is not to be judged by other men. As scripture says: Who can know the mind of the Lord, so who can teach him? But we are those who have the mind of Christ.


Luke 4:31-37
‘I know who you are: the Holy One of God’

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the spirit of an unclean devil, and it shouted at the top of its voice, ‘Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the devil, throwing the man down in front of everyone, went out of him without hurting him at all. Astonishment seized them and they were all saying to one another, ‘What teaching! He gives orders to unclean spirits with authority and power and they come out.’ And reports of him went all through the surrounding countryside.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 3, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Many are intellectually blocked from having a deep, personal and meaningful relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, even a little one.

Simply put they are unable to let go and let God take over. They want to be in control over everything in their lives sometimes even over everyone. Still some of them think that they do have a relationship with Jesus and go on frowning at others around them over petty things. Things they are not able to micro manage.

The fruits of having a deep personal relationship is peace, joy and love in our hearts. For having united our own personal sufferings and challenges with our crucified Christ who died to free us we live not for ourselves but for others. It is in the service of others by leading them to Him that we are truly alive.

Jesus reign in my heart now and forever. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 2:1-5
The only I claimed was of the crucified Christ

When I came to you, brothers, it was not with any show of oratory or philosophy, but simply to tell you what God had guaranteed. During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about him as the crucified Christ. Far from relying on any power of my own, I came among you in great ‘fear and trembling’ and in my speeches and the sermons that I gave, there were none of the arguments that belong to philosophy; only a demonstration of the power of the Spirit. And I did this so that your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.


Luke 4:16-30
‘This text is being fulfilled today, even as you listen’

Jesus came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:

The spirit of the Lord has been given to me,
for he has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives
and to the blind new sight,
to set the downtrodden free,
to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.

He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, ‘This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.’ And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips. They said, ‘This is Joseph’s son, surely?’
But he replied, ‘No doubt you will quote me the saying, “Physician, heal yourself” and tell me, “We have heard all that happened in Capernaum, do the same here in your own countryside.”’
And he went on, ‘I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.
‘There were many widows in Israel, I can assure you, in Elijah’s day, when heaven remained shut for three years and six months and a great famine raged throughout the land, but Elijah was not sent to any one of these: he was sent to a widow at Zarephath, a Sidonian town. And in the prophet Elisha’s time there were many lepers in Israel, but none of these was cured, except the Syrian, Naaman.’
When they heard this everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down the cliff, but he slipped through the crowd and walked away.

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 1, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Pure Religion: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Deuteronomy 4:1–2, 6–8
Psalm 15:2–5
James 1:17–18, 21–22, 27
Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23

Today’s Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light, as one having authority to interpret God’s law.
Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah today is ironic (see Isaiah 29:13). In observing the law, the Pharisees honor God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. In this, however, they’ve turned the law inside out, making it a matter of simply performing certain external actions.
The gift of the law, which we hear God giving to Israel in today’s First Reading, is fulfilled in Jesus’ Gospel, which shows us the law’s true meaning and purpose (see Matthew 5:17).
The law, fulfilled in the Gospel, is meant to form our hearts, to make us pure, able to live in the Lord’s presence. The law was given that we might live and enter into the inheritance promised to us—the kingdom of God, eternal life.
Israel, by its observance of the law, was meant to be an example to surrounding nations. As James tells us in today’s Epistle, the Gospel was given to us that we might have new birth by the Word of truth. By living the Word we’ve received, we’re to be examples of God’s wisdom to those around us, the “first fruits” of a new humanity.
This means we must be “doers” of the Word, not merely hearers of it. As we sing in today’s Psalm and hear again in today’s Epistle, we must work for justice, taking care of our brothers and sisters, and living by the truth God has placed in our hearts.
The Word given to us is a perfect gift. We should not add to it through vain and needless devotions. Nor should we subtract from it by picking and choosing which of His laws to honor. “Hear me,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel. Today, we’re called to examine our relationship to God’s law.
Is the practice of our religion a pure listening to Jesus, a humble welcoming of the Word planted in us and able to save our souls? Or are we only paying lip-service?

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 1, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We have all been given many different gifts and talents each according to our ability to give glory to God our Father. To bear fruits for His kingdom. By loving, serving one another and leading everyone to Him, the Lord our God.

Just as the learned and outspoken have a role to play so does the meek and gentle souls. No one is above another, for the Lord is above us all. He alone is the source and giver of our lives. Can we say then we don’t know any better? Or we are not eloquent enough?

Let us be truly humble and serve and love Him with all our hearts, minds and souls. To love and care for one another according to His will. So that we might one day share in our master’s happiness. Amen

First reading
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, to shame the wise

Take yourselves for instance, brothers, at the time when you were called: how many of you were wise in the ordinary sense of the word, how many were influential people, or came from noble families? No, it was to shame the wise that God chose what is foolish by human reckoning, and to shame what is strong that he chose what is weak by human reckoning; those whom the world thinks common and contemptible are the ones that God has chosen – those who are nothing at all to show up those who are everything. The human race has nothing to boast about to God, but you, God has made members of Christ Jesus and by God’s doing he has become our wisdom, and our virtue, and our holiness, and our freedom. As scripture says: if anyone wants to boast, let him boast about the Lord.

Matthew 25:14-30
You have been faithful in small things: come and join in your master’s happiness

Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out.
‘The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
‘Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.”
‘His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”
‘Next the man with the two talents came forward. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.”
‘Last came forward the man who had the one talent. “Sir,” said he “I had heard you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered; so I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy servant! So you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered? Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have recovered my capital with interest. So now, take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the five talents. For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away. As for this good-for-nothing servant, throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”’