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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 28, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We need to learn to wait on the Lord, prayerfully and reverently. Too often we are eager to know what is in store for us or as many would put it, we want to be prepared. It is the Lord Himself who should decide what we should know and when. And so we should trust in Him and surrender all up to Him.

For example those who attend a retreat will reap more by knowing that the Lord will be present and so desire only to be in His presence. Instead of those who want to know the retreat program ahead and insisting on knowing each and every detail of what will be taking place. Why even go for a retreat then? Our motto should be ‘No surrender, no real Retreat’

Know this, that our Lord is coming to dwell in the middle of us. He will embrace, fortify and protect us from all evil. What have we to fear or prepare for? We are His flock, and He will always be our Shepherd. Amen

First reading

Zechariah 2:5-9,14-15 ·
‘I will be the glory of Jerusalem’

Raising my eyes, I saw a vision. It was this: there was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked him, ‘Where are you going?’ He said, ‘To measure Jerusalem, to find out her breadth and her length.’ And then, while the angel who was talking to me stood still, another angel came forward to meet him. He said to him, ‘Run, and tell that young man this, “Jerusalem is to remain unwalled, because of the great number of men and cattle there will be in her. But I – it is the Lord who speaks – I will be a wall of fire for her all round her, and I will be her glory in the midst of her.”’

Sing, rejoice, daughter of Zion; for I am coming to dwell in the middle of you – it is the Lord who speaks.

Many nations will join the Lord, on that day; they will become his people.

Gospel

Luke 9:43-45
They were afraid to ask him what he meant

At a time when everyone was full of admiration for all he did, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘For your part, you must have these words constantly in your mind: “The Son of Man is going to be handed over into the power of men.”’ But they did not understand him when he said this; it was hidden from them so that they should not see the meaning of it, and they were afraid to ask him about what he had just said.


Who is Jesus? Who is He for you personally? This is not a test of your knowledge but a question for your heart, a look into your interior disposition if you will. For anyone can proclaim Jesus as the Lord of Lord, King of Kings. The anointed one of God, the Word made flesh, light of the World and so on. If however, we do not dwell on our relationship with Him; by taking it to prayer and connecting deeply with our Vine then our faith is shallow as it is empty.

For Jesus is the new and everlasting temple. He had come to lay down His life for us and by conquering death through His resurrection; the glory of God was manifested. His glory longs to dwell in His new temple;our Hearts!

If we want to win the crown of the Resurrection then we too must be willing to go through the Passion, let us therefore take up our cross and follow Him. For the glory of God awaits us. Amen

St Vincent De Paul pray for us…

First reading

Haggai 1:15-2:9 ·
‘The new glory of this Temple is to surpass the old’

In the second year of King Darius, on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord was addressed through the prophet Haggai, as follows, ‘You are to speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, the high commissioner of Judah, to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people. Say this, “Who is there left among you that saw this Temple in its former glory? And how does it look to you now? Does it seem nothing to you? But take courage now, Zerubbabel – it is the Lord who speaks. Courage, High Priest Joshua son of Jehozadak! Courage, all you people of the country! – it is the Lord who speaks. To work! I am with you – it is the Lord of Hosts who speaks – and my spirit remains among you. Do not be afraid! For the Lord of Hosts says this: A little while now, and I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all the nations and the treasures of all the nations shall flow in, and I will fill this Temple with glory, says the Lord of Hosts. Mine is the silver, mine the gold! – it is the Lord of Hosts who speaks. The new glory of this Temple is going to surpass the old, says the Lord of Hosts, and in this place I will give peace – it is the Lord of Hosts who speaks.”’

Gospel

Luke 9:18-22
‘You are the Christ of God’

One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples he put this question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ And they answered, ‘John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God’ he said. But he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone anything about this.
‘The Son of Man’ he said ‘is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’

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

Ponder…

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.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 25, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We worry and fret about too many things when all we should be concern ourselves about, is sharing the love of our Lord Jesus Christ with others.

Oh I don’t know enough about my faith what if I am asked tough questions? I don’t have depth in my sharing better to remain quiet then to sound foolish. Don’t know what, when, or how to share Jesus with others? The list goes on till we convince ourselves that others were given the gifts, talents to share His love and not us! Really?

Has the love of Christ not touched you at all? In your pain and misery did He not come to comfort you? Have you not been liberated from a wayward way of life? Do you not see the hand and many blessings of God in your own life? Have you not heard any testimonies on how Jesus had touched the lives of your very own loved ones and friends? Have you not suddenly recalled words from Scripture which helped you through a difficulty? Well then if there is only one thing in the above list of which is not exhaustive, then you should begin to share that one thing with someone, then repeat it to someone else again and again. Soon you will find more and more different things to share. All of us have different qualities, backgrounds, strengths and so on. And it is through this diversity that we are able to reach and touch many different souls through the power of the Holy spirit. God with us who can be against us? All we need is Him.

The twelve that was sent out in today’s Gospel were not Robots neither were genetically cloned. They were all simple men with very different personalities and character. Children of God our Father sent to minister to His other children. In faith they went as they were instructed to do, sharing the good news and healing took place everywhere!

Jesus I love You. I will speak of my love for You and of Your love for me to all who will listen. Amen

First reading

Ezra 9:5-9 ·
‘God has not forgotten us in our slavery’

At the evening sacrifice I, Ezra, came out of my stupor and falling on my knees, with my garment and cloak torn, I stretched out my hands to the Lord my God, and said:
‘My God, I am ashamed, I blush to lift my face to you, my God. For our crimes have increased, until they are higher than our heads, and our sin has piled up to heaven. From the days of our ancestors until now our guilt has been great; on account of our crimes we, our kings and our priests, were given into the power of the kings of other countries, given to the sword, to captivity, to pillage and to shame, as is the case today. But now, suddenly, the Lord our God by his favour has left us a remnant and granted us a refuge in his holy place; this is how our God has cheered our eyes and given us a little respite in our slavery. For we are slaves; but God has not forgotten us in our slavery; he has shown us kindness in the eyes of the kings of Persia, obtaining permission for us to rebuild the Temple of our God and restore its ruins, and he has found us safety and shelter in Judah and in Jerusalem.’

Gospel

Luke 9:1-6
‘Take nothing for the journey’

Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and let none of you take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave, let it be from there. As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere.

Faith and Morals

Posted: September 24, 2019 by CatholicJules in Memory Book