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To Be Your Valentine

Posted: February 14, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 14, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We were fashioned different and yet are of the same flesh. Created in the image and likeness of God. To complement, enhance, accompany one another on our pilgrim journey to heaven. And we have been given the most precious gift of our Lord Jesus Christ. So that we can unite ourselves with Him, the Word made flesh. One Body, One Spirit, One Universal Church!

Do we instead look at our differences? Allowing it to divide and to scatter us. To find the tiniest fault, crack causing it to expand and shatter? Nay! sisters and brothers let us always turn to Christ our Lord who gathers us together. Who wills that we be one with and in Him. Let us build upon our gifts and collective strengths, allowing Him to perfect our many weaknesses. As we have prayed for Him to look not upon our sins but on the faith of our Church. And it is by this faith we have in Him that we are saved.

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the light of all nations. Let Your light shine through Your faithful. Now and forever. Amen

A reading from

the Book of Genesis 2:18-25

The Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.” So from the soil the Lord God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the man would give it. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of heaven and all the wild beasts. But no helpmate suitable for man was found for him. So the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and enclosed it in flesh. The Lord God built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. The man exclaimed: “This at last is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh! This is to be called woman, for this was taken from man.” This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.
Now both of them were naked, the man and his wife, but they felt no shame in front of each other.

A reading from

the holy Gospel according to Mark7:24-30

Jesus left Gennesaret and set out for the territory of Tyre. There he went into a house and did not want anyone to know he was there, but he could not pass unrecognised. A woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him straightaway and came and fell at his feet. Now the woman was a pagan, by birth a Syrophoenician, and she begged him to cast the devil out of her daughter. And he said to her, “The children should be fed first, because it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.” But she spoke up: “Ah yes, sir,” she replied, “but the house-dogs under the table can eat the children’s scraps.” And he said to her, “For saying this, you may go home happy: the devil has gone out of your daughter.” So she went off to her home and found the child lying on the bed and the devil gone.

On Today’s Gospel SG

Posted: February 14, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How Blessed are we to have the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. When indeed our good shepherd reigns. Where the Lord our God dwells, so His flock gathers to honour, love and worship Him.

You have Blessed Your people Lord with a Shepherd after your own heart. Whose guidance and vision to build a vibrant, evangelistic and missionary Church has set the churches of Singapore on fire for love of You.

Bless and anoint Your Church Lord so that together we will lead one another into greater holiness and into our heavenly inheritance. Amen

First reading

1 Kings 8:22-23,27-30 †
‘Listen to the prayer your servant makes in this place’

In the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord and, stretching out his hands towards heaven, said, ‘O Lord, God of Israel, not in heaven above nor on earth beneath is there such a God as you, true to your covenant and your kindness towards your servants when they walk wholeheartedly in your way. Yet will God really live with men on the earth? Why, the heavens and their own heavens cannot contain you. How much less this house that I have built! Listen to the prayer and entreaty of your servant, O Lord my God; listen to the cry and to the prayer your servant makes to you today. Day and night let your eyes watch over this house, over this place of which you have said, “My name shall be there.” Listen to the prayer that your servant will offer in this place.
‘Hear the entreaty of your servant and of Israel your people as they pray in this place. From heaven where your dwelling is, hear; and, as you hear, forgive.’

Gospel

Matthew 16:13-19
You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’