Archive for September 20, 2019

Posted: September 20, 2019 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

Praying and going for regular Mass and Adoration does not make one Holy and so there is no need. A praying community does not help in spiritual growth, if members do not come for meetings we must find out the ‘real’ reason why they do not and change ourselves first. These are words from a brother serving in ministry for more than ten years and still serving! What keeps him going is when parishioners smile at him from time to time. Then there are those who congregate for drinks and merry making and part of their activity is to gossip about church members who are ‘unholy’ or who have appeared ‘Holy’ but have sinned greatly by cheating, stealing or having affairs. Really? So we can see clearly how the struggles with the early Church communities in the days of St Paul are prevalent today and very likely in the ages to come.

Yes indeed we are all sinners and because we are all sinners it is all the more we need our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in our lives! That is why we strive for holiness by praying, by learning the will of God for us through His Word, by sitting by His feet before the Blessed Sacrament, by receiving Him and many graces through the reception of Holy Eucharist. So then we can grow and draw closer to Him each time. Yes we may fall from time to time yet we know He is patiently waiting for us when we seek Him in the Sacrament of Reconciliation to minister to us and set us free. We must therefore be outward looking in our faith, to reach out to others and to be there for others so as to lead them closer to Christ. Never ever neglecting the poor and those living in the peripheries.

In today’s Gospel although we hear little of the women mentioned they were all dedicated women of faith who devoted their lives in serving our Lord and the community. What little they must have had on their own yet they offered it all up. Women such as these, together with our Blessed Mother continue to be great models for us to follow. They carry their crosses in love for our Lord and for their fellow sisters and brothers. Amen

First reading

1 Timothy 6:2-12
We brought nothing into the world and can take nothing out of it

This is what you are to teach the brothers to believe and persuade them to do. Anyone who teaches anything different, and does not keep to the sound teaching which is that of our Lord Jesus Christ, the doctrine which is in accordance with true religion, is simply ignorant and must be full of self-conceit – with a craze for questioning everything and arguing about words. All that can come of this is jealousy, contention, abuse and wicked mistrust of one another; and unending disputes by people who are neither rational nor informed and imagine that religion is a way of making a profit. Religion, of course, does bring large profits, but only to those who are content with what they have. We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it; but as long as we have food and clothing, let us be content with that. People who long to be rich are a prey to temptation; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and dangerous ambitions which eventually plunge them into ruin and destruction. ‘The love of money is the root of all evils’ and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith, and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds.
But, as a man dedicated to God, you must avoid all that. You must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many witnesses.


Luke 8:1-3
The women who accompanied Jesus

Jesus made his way through towns and villages preaching, and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and several others who provided for them out of their own resources.