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Posted: September 26, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

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Posted: September 26, 2019 by CatholicJules in Memory Book

As scripture says: By my life—it is the Lord who speaks—every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall praise God. (Rm 14:11)

All creation sings praise to God simply by being fully what the Creator intended. Obedience to God’s designs is in itself an act of worship. Worship without obedience is merely hollow flattery. Yet both worship and obedience are less than Christian if they do not spring from the one root: love of God.


Many think they can do without the Lord our God in their lives. Especially those who have much success in their careers and who live pretty much comfortable lives. After all it is their sheer determination and hard work that paid off. They cannot however understand where their sense of restlessness and anxiety comes from? The tinglings of discontentment that sends chills down their spine. These good people may have all that they desire and yet their lives are empty!

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” St Augustine who obviously knew what he was talking about from his own life experiences sums it up perfectly! We must therefore earnestly strive to build up and rebuild if necessary, the church within us. So that our loving and living God can dwell within us. Jesus is the source of all life and so we will have need of nothing when we have Him deep within us.

So let us turn our backs to all forms of sin and guard ourselves against wanton desires and temptations. Seek our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of reconciliation as He ministers to us, heals and restores us in His mercy. Then receive Him fully in Holy Eucharist so as to fortify the foundation of the tabernacle that we carry faithfully within us.

O Lord my God! Let me never ever take Your love for me for granted. Forgive me the error of my ways and thoughts. Amen

First reading

Haggai 1:1-8 ·
‘Rebuild the House’

In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord was addressed through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, high commissioner of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, as follows, ‘The Lord of Hosts says this, “This people says: The time has not yet come to rebuild the Temple of the Lord. (And the word of the Lord was addressed through the prophet Haggai, as follows:) Is this a time for you to live in your panelled houses, when this House lies in ruins? So now, the Lord of Hosts says this: Reflect carefully how things have gone for you. You have sown much and harvested little; you eat but never have enough, drink but never have your fill, put on clothes but do not feel warm. The wage earner gets his wages only to put them in a purse riddled with holes. So go to the hill country, fetch wood, and rebuild the House: I shall then take pleasure in it, and be glorified there, says the Lord.”’

Gospel

Luke 9:7-9
‘John? I beheaded him; so who is this?’

Herod the tetrarch had heard about all that was being done by Jesus; and he was puzzled, because some people were saying that John had risen from the dead, others that Elijah had reappeared, still others that one of the ancient prophets had come back to life. But Herod said, ‘John? I beheaded him. So who is this I hear such reports about?’ And he was anxious to see Jesus.