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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

Readings:

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.

Gospel

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.’