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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: November 3, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

The Law of Love: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:

Deuteronomy 6:2–6
Psalm 18:2–4, 47, 57
Hebrews 7:23–28
Mark 12:28–34

Love is the only law we are to live by. And love is the fulfillment of the Law that God reveals through Moses in today’s First Reading (see Romans 13:8–10; Matthew 5:43–48).
The unity of God—the truth that He is one God, Father, Son, and Spirit—means that we must love Him with one love, a love that serves Him with all our hearts and minds, souls and strength.

We love Him because He has loved us first. We love our neighbor because we can’t love the God we haven’t seen unless we love those made in His image and likeness, whom we have seen (see 1 John 4:19–21).
And we are called imitate the love that Christ showed us in laying His life down on the cross (see 1 John 3:16). As we hear in today’s Epistle, by His perfect sacrifice on the cross, He once and for all makes it possible for us to approach God.
There is no greater love than to lay down your life (see John 15:13). This is perhaps why Jesus tells the scribe in today’s Gospel that he is not far from the kingdom of God.
The scribe recognizes that the burnt offerings and sacrifices of the old Law were meant to teach Israel that it is love that He desires (see Hosea 6:6). The animals offered in sacrifice were symbols of the self-sacrifice, the total gift of our selves that God truly desires.
We are called today to examine our hearts. Do we have other loves that get in the way of our love for God? Do we love others as Jesus has loved us (see John 13:34–35)? Do we love our enemies and pray for those who oppose and persecute us (see Matthew 5:44)?
Let us tell the Lord we love Him, as we do in today’s Psalm. And let us take His Word to heart, that we might prosper and have life eternal in His kingdom, the heavenly homeland flowing with milk and honey.

How Not To Pray The Rosary

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

One of the most precious prayers we have is the Rosary. Praying the rosary together as a family or a community can lead us to greater depths of faith by opening our hearts and minds to the heart of Jesus in the mysteries through Mary our Mother. Praying the rosary together can build upon unity, faith and love. But ONLY if it is prayed with love for our Blessed Mother and Jesus.

Since we have many resources on how to pray the rosary, here is my reflection on how NOT to.

1. Do not even start praying the rosary if the intention is to get over with it as quickly as possible.

2. Make the time to come into the presence of our Blessed Mother instead of rushing straight into the prayer.

3. Do not rattle off the Our Father, Hail Marys and Glory be, even the Fatima prayer as if you have a bus, plane to catch.

4. Leaders should NEVER hurry to begin the next Hail Mary before the group had even finished the last word ‘at the hour of our death’ there should be a momentary pause.

5. Do not forget the COMMA at a very significant point of the Holy Mary….. Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

6. At every Hail Mary we should be deeply contemplating the mystery or inspired promptings by the Holy Spirit. Not what we will be doing when we get home or what is in store at the office tomorrow.

7. There is a natural rhythm when the group is truly praying the rosary as one and it is beautiful, NOT when individuals want to hurry it along by going faster than another.

8. Lift your voices in reverence when singing the Ave Maria and in harmony.

Also note that should be variation of prayers and reflections and not just one set for months on end.

On Today’s Gospel

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

We cannot hide behind a well groomed exterior portraying faux humility. For our true colours will always be seen. So then what would we want others to see? More importantly what does the Lord our God see in us?

The heart of servant leaders, men and women of God, are those transformed from within. Such that the light of Christ shines forth. Especially through their acts of mercy, kindness and love. They are just as content to sit and dine with the sinner as they would with their fellow saints. Their sole purpose in life is to lead more souls into heaven through their acts of love. And by proclaiming His word, the source of life itself. So that all who come to know Jesus will be able to enter into new life with Him. Amen

First reading

Philippians 1:18-26
Life to me is Christ; but death would bring me more

Christ is proclaimed; and that makes me happy; and I shall continue being happy, because I know this will help to save me, thanks to your prayers and to the help which will be given to me by the Spirit of Jesus. My one hope and trust is that I shall never have to admit defeat, but that now as always I shall have the courage for Christ to be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results – I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake. This weighs with me so much that I feel sure I shall survive and stay with you all, and help you to progress in the faith and even increase your joy in it; and so you will have another reason to give praise to Christ Jesus on my account when I am with you again.

Gospel

Luke 14:1,7-11
Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled

Now on a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’