Archive for November 22, 2018

My Teacher My Dad

Posted: November 22, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

88 year old man loses his balance and falls while trying to close the windows in the kitchen, because it is raining at 3am+ He does so as quietly as he can, so as not to wake his wife and daughter. But then he falls with a loud thud and fractures his hip. His wife is awakened by the loud sound. He is found helpless on the floor in pain till his daughter helps him back to bed.

Why dad did you bother? It’s only rain!

But when I look back I remember my teacher of how to serve without complaint. To move to love first in spite of tiredness and pains. As a child he cared for me tenderly when I was ill. I will never forget! His healing hands he would lay upon us and give us comfort. He was patient as he was kind. Dad I pray that Jesus lays His healing hands upon you, just as you had done for us and others. Amen

On Today’s Gospel

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

Was the lamb of God slain in vain for you? Has He not sanctified you with His precious blood? Were you not restored to be a rightful heir to His kingdom? If only you knew how much He loves you, then surely your heart will be changed!

Every day you breathe is an opportunity for inner conversion. For His peace and love to enter into Your heart. Pray earnestly and turn back to Him. For He only looks upon the good in You and the greatness of God our Father’s plan for You. That you may live abundantly in His love.

Let us live our calling, to unite all with Christ through our loving sacrifices. To guide and govern justly through our Lord’s justice and peace. To proclaim His loving Word to the ends of the world. Amen

First reading

Apocalypse 5:1-10
The blood of the Lamb bought men for God

I, John, saw that in the right hand of the One sitting on the throne there was a scroll that had writing on back and front and was sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a powerful angel who called with a loud voice, ‘Is there anyone worthy to open the scroll and break the seals of it?’ But there was no one, in heaven or on the earth or under the earth, who was able to open the scroll and read it. I wept bitterly because there was nobody fit to open the scroll and read it, but one of the elders said to me, ‘There is no need to cry: the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed, and he will open the scroll and the seven seals of it.’
Then I saw, standing between the throne with its four animals and the circle of the elders, a Lamb that seemed to have been sacrificed; it had seven horns, and it had seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits God has sent out all over the world. The Lamb came forward to take the scroll from the right hand of the One sitting on the throne, and when he took it, the four animals prostrated themselves before him and with them the twenty-four elders; each one of them was holding a harp and had a golden bowl full of incense made of the prayers of the saints. They sang a new hymn:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll
and break the seals of it,
because you were sacrificed, and with your blood
you bought men for God
of every race, language, people and nation
and made them a line of kings and priests,
to serve our God and to rule the world.’

Gospel

Luke 19:41-44
Jesus sheds tears over the coming fate of Jerusalem

As Jesus drew near Jerusalem and came in sight of the city he shed tears over it and said, ‘If you in your turn had only understood on this day the message of peace! But, alas, it is hidden from your eyes! Yes, a time is coming when your enemies will raise fortifications all round you, when they will encircle you and hem you in on every side; they will dash you and the children inside your walls to the ground; they will leave not one stone standing on another within you – and all because you did not recognise your opportunity when God offered it!’