Archive for October 10, 2018

On Welcoming…

Posted: October 10, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

2018-10-10
Peace Be With You
Welcoming community of CPS Changi

Peace be with you somehow does not come easy for me

Julian repeating it so much since I started meeting him at the reflection sessions started making it easy for me to repeat the greeting in return …

Standing at the entrance to our EC room – this weekly tabernacle of our Lord – greeting Peace Be With You to the community felt strangely comforting – the welcome we gave was returned warmly by most, who smiled brightly too – communion of saints

And many you could see, who wanted to dive straight into the tabernacle of the Lord for solace comfort strength – snapped out momentarily of the “stupor”, perchance feeling welcomed.

I would do it again because we are building the community here and over time we would start recognising faces, going beyond pleasantries, greeting each other by name and God willing, have a deeper relationship with each other in this CPS Changi Community and Ephraim SCC.

Jude-Maria (Meng)

On Today’s Gospel

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

It is the Lord our God’s approval that we should seek and not that of men or women. We must live in His truth always. It is our duty to obey the laws of the land but not conform to the cultural practices that might put our faith of following Christ our Saviour in question. That being said, in all our daily decisions, words and actions we must place love of God first in all things followed by love of neighbour. This is evidently found in the Lord’s prayer.

The short and most precious prayer our Lord taught, the ‘Our Father’ has much depth for us to contemplate and immerse ourselves daily in His love. We find the keys to heaven, love, mercy and forgiveness. Sadly many rattle it off ritually without honouring the sacredness of this God given prayer.

Let us faithfully pray the Lord’s prayer as it should be prayed, slowly contemplating on every word….

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy willbe done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
Amen.

First reading

Galatians 2:1-2,7-14
They recognised the grace that God had given me

It was not till fourteen years had passed that I went up to Jerusalem again. I went with Barnabas and took Titus with me. I went there as the result of a revelation, and privately I laid before the leading men the Good News as I proclaim it among the pagans; I did so for fear the course I was adopting or had already adopted would not be allowed. On the contrary, they recognised that I had been commissioned to preach the Good News to the uncircumcised just as Peter had been commissioned to preach it to the circumcised. The same person whose action had made Peter the apostle of the circumcised had given me a similar mission to the pagans. So, James, Cephas and John, these leaders, these pillars, shook hands with Barnabas and me as a sign of partnership: we were to go to the pagans and they to the circumcised. The only thing they insisted on was that we should remember to help the poor, as indeed I was anxious to do.
When Cephas came to Antioch, however, I opposed him to his face, since he was manifestly in the wrong. His custom had been to eat with the pagans, but after certain friends of James arrived he stopped doing this and kept away from them altogether for fear of the group that insisted on circumcision. The other Jews joined him in this pretence, and even Barnabas felt himself obliged to copy their behaviour.
When I saw they were not respecting the true meaning of the Good News, I said to Cephas in front of everyone, ‘In spite of being a Jew, you live like the pagans and not like the Jews, so you have no right to make the pagans copy Jewish ways.’

Gospel

Luke 11:1-4
How to pray

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’
He said to them, ‘Say this when you pray:

‘“Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test.”’