Archive for September 23, 2019

Time and time again we hear how the spoken Word of God breathes life to where there is none. How it turns hearts from stone into flesh. Brings about renewal and change otherwise thought impossible.

Yet many still refuse to embrace and live the Word of God in their lives. They choose instead to live out their days as closet Christians (Catholics). Happy to simply attend the Eucharistic Celebration as an obligation then go about their week trying their best to avoid sin and temptations. Is this the life the Lord our God wants for us?

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (Jn 10:10) says the Lord and so we must open our hearts to receive our Risen Lord Jesus Christ deep into our very being. We should then desire to live in His light by being the light for others. And soon we will become great instruments of His grace and mercy so that those who live in darkness will be lead into the light of Christ. This is how we truly live grace filled lives to the full. Through Him, with Him and in Him. Amen

First reading

Ezra 1:1-6 ·
Cyrus king of Persia frees the Jews to return to Jerusalem

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, to fulfil the word of the Lord that was spoken through Jeremiah, the Lord roused the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a proclamation and to have it publicly displayed throughout his kingdom: ‘Thus speaks Cyrus king of Persia, “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; he has ordered me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah to build the Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem. And let each survivor, wherever he lives, be helped by the people of that place with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, as well as voluntary offerings for the Temple of God which is in Jerusalem.”’
Then the heads of families of Judah and of Benjamin, the priests and the Levites, in fact all whose spirit had been roused by God, prepared to go and rebuild the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem; and all their neighbours gave them every assistance with silver, gold, goods, cattle, quantities of costly gifts and with voluntary offerings of every kind.


Luke 8:16-18
Anyone who has will be given more

Jesus said to the crowds:
‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light. So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.’