Archive for November, 2018

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 30, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

If there is no conviction in your faith to share the love of Christ with others, to preach and teach; then how deep is your love and your relationship with Him?

How do you profess that Jesus is the Lord of your life if it does not move you to follow Him? To follow in His footsteps and bring the love and mercy of God our Father to all? To proclaim His kingdom and to unite those who have lost their way, back to Him?

Indeed sisters and brothers, we are all sent, just like St Andrew the Apostle whose feast we celebrate today. To bring hope and light when there is none. To be witnesses to the Gospel and beacons for Christ our Lord. Amen

St Andrew pray for us…

First reading

Romans 10:9-18
Faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ

If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved. When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
But they will not ask his help unless they believe in him, and they will not believe in him unless they have heard of him, and they will not hear of him unless they get a preacher, and they will never have a preacher unless one is sent, but as scripture says: The footsteps of those who bring good news are a welcome sound. Not everyone, of course, listens to the Good News. As Isaiah says: Lord, how many believed what we proclaimed? So faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ. Let me put the question: is it possible that they did not hear? Indeed they did; in the words of the psalm, their voice has gone out through all the earth, and their message to the ends of the world.

Gospel

Matthew 4:18-22
‘I will make you fishers of men’

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.

On Today’s Gospel

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

Warning after warning, call after call to repentance and still many do not heed; or even respond to the merciful, loving call of the Lord our God. Of whom we have hope of eternal life after our timely our even untimely death. For time belongs to God alone.

There is still lots of time! All these are simply doomsday messages to scare imbeciles! Really? Do you know if you will live through today? Then others might quote scripture and say, nothing can separate us from the love of God, yet they forget that choosing to and remaining in sin can. For the wages of sin is death. It will come to pass as the Lord says and there will be no more arguments or debates on the matter.

We the faithful have nothing to fear for the Lord will be at our side through all the darkness and lead us into the celestial light when he reigns forever. Amen

First reading

Apocalypse 18:1-2,21-23,19:1-3,9
Babylon the Great has fallen

I, John, saw an angel come down from heaven, with great authority given to him; the earth was lit up with his glory. At the top of his voice he shouted, ‘Babylon has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen, and has become the haunt of devils and a lodging for every foul spirit and dirty, loathsome bird. Then a powerful angel picked up a boulder like a great millstone, and as he hurled it into the sea, he said, ‘That is how the great city of Babylon is going to be hurled down, never to be seen again.

Never again in you, Babylon,
will be heard the song of harpists and minstrels,
the music of flute and trumpet;
never again will craftsmen of every skill be found
or the sound of the mill be heard;
never again will shine the light of the lamp,
never again will be heard
the voices of bridegroom and bride.
Your traders were the princes of the earth,
all the nations were under your spell.

After this I seemed to hear the great sound of a huge crowd in heaven, singing, ‘Alleluia! Victory and glory and power to our God! He judges fairly, he punishes justly, and he has condemned the famous prostitute who corrupted the earth with her fornication; he has avenged his servants that she killed.’ They sang again, ‘Alleluia! The smoke of her will go up for ever and ever.’ The angel said, ‘Write this: Happy are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb’, and he added, ‘All the things you have written are true messages from God.’

Gospel

Luke 21:20-28
There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you must realise that she will soon be laid desolate. Then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains, those inside the city must leave it, and those in country districts must not take refuge in it. For this is the time of vengeance when all that scripture says must be fulfilled. Alas for those with child, or with babies at the breast, when those days come!
‘For great misery will descend on the land and wrath on this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive to every pagan country; and Jerusalem will be trampled down by the pagans until the age of the pagans is completely over.
‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.’

On Today’s Gospel

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

Our journey towards eternal life begins with our conviction of faith in our Lord Jesus of whom we dearly love and trust. Trust which is built upon our relationship with an all loving and faithful God who will never abandon us. Based on this truth we will proclaim Him and His kingdom. We have nothing to fear, for if we live, we live for the Lord. If we die, we die for the Lord. Whether we live or die, we will rejoice in the glory of God. For we will have eternal life with Him.

So sisters and brothers in Christ, let us repent of any evil in our lives. Turn to Him who died for us, so that we may rise in Him. To be powerful witnesses of His grace and love. So that one day soon we will all be reunited in heaven. Amen

First reading

Apocalypse 15:1-4
The victors sang the hymn of Moses and of the Lamb

What I, John, saw in heaven was a great and wonderful sign: seven angels were bringing the seven plagues that are the last of all, because they exhaust the anger of God. I seemed to see a glass lake suffused with fire, and standing by the lake of glass, those who had fought against the beast and won, and against his statue and the number which is his name. They all had harps from God, and they were singing the hymn of Moses, the servant of God, and of the Lamb:

‘How great and wonderful are all your works,
Lord God Almighty;
just and true are all your ways,
King of nations.
Who would not revere and praise your name, O Lord?
You alone are holy,
and all the pagans will come and adore you
for the many acts of justice you have shown.’

Gospel

Luke 21:12-19
Your endurance will win you your lives

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name – and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.’

Year C Reflections

Posted: November 27, 2018 by CatholicJules in Meditations

Beautiful reflections from verbum dei.

Year C Daily Reflections

On Today’s Gospel

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

Time if you have it will soon strip you of everything and leave you bare at the very end. Nothing you hold dear in this world will last. Only your relationships with fellow children of God our Father, and the Lord Your God. So then where will you be standing after meeting our Lord Jesus Christ on the day of reckoning? The answer as you’ve been told many times before lies in how you have lived your life. Did you love Him with an your heart, mind and soul? And did you love one another just as He loved you.

While on this pilgrim journey back to Him,Jesus reminds us that the road ahead will not always be easy. We will face trials, challenges even trickery. Most will have to face the indignity of growing old and sick. Some may face war and destruction. Still He is with us through it all. Those who draw close to Him will hear, recognise His voice and follow Him on the right path to paradise. Amen

First reading

Apocalypse 14:14-19
The harvest and the vintage of the earth are ripe

In my vision I, John, saw a white cloud and, sitting on it, one like a son of man with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. Then another angel came out of the sanctuary, and shouted aloud to the one sitting on the cloud, ‘Put your sickle in and reap: harvest time has come and the harvest of the earth is ripe.’ Then the one sitting on the cloud set his sickle to work on the earth, and the earth’s harvest was reaped.
Another angel, who also carried a sharp sickle, came out of the temple in heaven, and the angel in charge of the fire left the altar and shouted aloud to the one with the sharp sickle, ‘Put your sickle in and cut all the bunches off the vine of the earth; all its grapes are ripe.’ So the angel set his sickle to work on the earth and harvested the whole vintage of the earth and put it into a huge winepress, the winepress of God’s anger.

Gospel

Luke 21:5-11
The destruction of the Temple foretold

When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All these things you are staring at now – the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.’ And they put to him this question: ‘Master,’ they said ‘when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that this is about to take place?’
‘Take care not to be deceived,’ he said ‘because many will come using my name and saying, “I am he” and, “The time is near at hand.” Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.’

On Today’s Gospel

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

How wonderful it must be to join the choir of Elders, Angels and Saints in heaven to sing with one voice praise and glory to God in the highest!

And yet the reality is that we do so at every Eucharistic Celebration when we come before Him with hearts pure and undefiled to worship and glorify His name with the fruits of our labour performed in love. Our song of praise reaches the highest heaven when we sing powerfully with lungs empty of worldly cares, desires filled only with His love. For Him and for brethren.

Together with the widow in the temple with two coins, let us offer the Lord our God our all. Faith and love in Him which moves us to love Him and the least of our brethren. For just as Christ gave freely to us so must we give freely for Him. Amen

First reading

Apocalypse 14:1-5
The redeemed has Christ and his Father’s name written on their foreheads

In my vision I, John, saw Mount Zion, and standing on it a Lamb who had with him a hundred and forty-four thousand people, all with his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. I heard a sound coming out of the sky like the sound of the ocean or the roar of thunder; it seemed to be the sound of harpists playing their harps. There in front of the throne they were singing a new hymn in the presence of the four animals and the elders, a hymn that could only be learnt by the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the world; they follow the Lamb wherever he goes; they have been redeemed from amongst men to be the first-fruits for God and for the Lamb. They never allowed a lie to pass their lips and no fault can be found in them.

Gospel

Luke 21:1-4
The widow’s mite

As Jesus looked up, he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; then he happened to notice a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them; for these have all contributed money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in all she had to live on.’

Solemnity of Christ the King

Posted: November 25, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

A Royal Truth: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King

Readings:

Daniel 7:13–14
Psalm 93:1–2, 5
Revelation 1:5–8
John 18:33–37

What’s the truth Jesus comes to bear witness to in this last Gospel of the Church’s year?
It’s the truth that in Jesus, God keeps the promise He made to David of an everlasting kingdom, of an heir who would be His Son, “the first born, highest of the kings of the earth” (see 2 Samuel 7:12–16; Psalm 89:27–38).
Today’s Second Reading, taken from the Book of Revelation, quotes these promises and celebrates Jesus as “the faithful witness.” The reading hearkens back to Isaiah’s prophecy that the Messiah
would “witness to the peoples” that God is renewing His “everlasting covenant” with David (see Isaiah 55:3–5).
But as Jesus tells Pilate, there’s far more going on here than the restoration of a temporal monarchy. In the Revelation reading, Jesus calls Himself “the Alpha and the Omega,” the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. He’s applying to Himself a description that God uses to describe Himself in the Old Testament—the first and the last, the One who calls forth all generations (see Isaiah 41:4; 44:6; 48:12).
“He has made the world,” today’s Psalm cries, and His dominion is over all creation (see also John 1:3; Colossians 1:16–17). In the vision of Daniel we hear in today’s First Reading, He comes on “the clouds of heaven”—another sign of His divinity—to be given “glory and kingship” forever over all nations and peoples.
Christ is King and His kingdom, while not of this world, exists in this world in the Church. We are a royal people. We know we have been loved by Him and freed by His blood and transformed into “a kingdom, priests for his God and Father” (see also Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:9).
As a priestly people, we share in His sacrifice and in His witness to God’s everlasting covenant. We belong to His truth and listen to His voice, waiting for Him to come again amid the clouds.