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Recognising The Hand of God

Posted: June 8, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

**Recognising the Hand of God**

My daughter pleaded with me to have a ride on the sampan at the indoor water feature at Marina Bay sands. I told her ok but she would have to go alone while I took pictures. I was not going to pay another $13 for myself for a 10 minute ride! Moreover my wife was adamant that she didn’t want to go as well, even though I offered to pay for her. While my wife was queuing with my daughter for her turn, a lady tapped my wife’s shoulder to say they had an extra ticket to giveaway to us. We offered to pay but they refused to accept payment! Praise the Lord for His blessing!

This morning as I was sitting at the coffee shop, correcting and editing the grammar of my already posted reflection, I had the urge to have another coffee but the queue was super long and the only lady taking orders was busy herself queuing. So I just waited to finish up and make my way home. Lo and behold! The lady who takes orders walked up straight to me passing all the other occupied tables and asked if I wanted the cup of coffee in her hand as she got someone else`s order wrong! (doubt she recognised the I desperately need another coffee look)
Praise the Lord for His blessing!

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: June 8, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Who is the God we worship, obey and serve? Who or what is it that we are focused on throughout the day? Is it the games we play? Television series we watch? Pornography? Shopping and more shopping? Feasting and drinking? Where does it all lead us? Does it satisfy us? Or do we go one hobbling for more? Hurting ourselves in our pursuit for more searching in the process for peace, love and joy?

How can we say love and worship the One true God if we spend only ten minutes a day in pray or twenty minutes at most in some form of devotional prayer? How do we grow in love and our relationship with Him if we will not spend time in His presence? Dwelling on His Word and Will for us? For He knows the plans He has for us, not to do us harm but to prosper us.

Let us this day make up our minds to remain steadfast, carry our cross to follow Him. For He alone is the way the truth and the life and so let us turn away from all sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Amen

First reading

1 Kings 18:20-39 ·

Elijah vanquishes the priests of Baal

Ahab called all Israel together and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. Elijah stepped out in front of all the people. ‘How long’ he said ‘do you mean to hobble first on one leg then on the other? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.’ But the people never said a word. Elijah then said to them, ‘I, I alone, am left as a prophet of the Lord, while the prophets of Baal are four hundred and fifty. Let two bulls be given us; let them choose one for themselves, dismember it and lay it on the wood, but not set fire to it. I in my turn will prepare the other bull, but not set fire to it. You must call on the name of your god, and I shall call on the name of mine; the god who answers with fire, is God indeed.’ The people all answered, ‘Agreed!’ Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal, ‘Choose one bull and begin, for there are more of you. Call on the name of your god but light no fire.’ They took the bull and prepared it, and from morning to midday they called on the name of Baal. ‘O Baal, answer us!’ they cried, but there was no voice, no answer, as they performed their hobbling dance round the altar they had made. Midday came, and Elijah mocked them. ‘Call louder,’ he said ‘for he is a god: he is preoccupied or he is busy, or he has gone on a journey; perhaps he is asleep and will wake up.’ So they shouted louder and gashed themselves, as their custom was, with swords and spears until the blood flowed down them. Midday passed, and they ranted on until the time the offering is presented; but there was no voice, no answer, no attention given to them.

    Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come closer to me’, and all the people came closer to him. He repaired the altar of the Lord which had been broken down. Elijah took twelve stones, corresponding to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, ‘Israel shall be your name’, and built an altar in the name of the Lord. Round the altar he dug a trench of a size to hold two measures of seed. He then arranged the wood, dismembered the bull, and laid it on the wood. Then he said, ‘Fill four jars with water and pour it on the holocaust and on the wood’; this they did. He said, ‘Do it a second time’; they did it a second time. He said, ‘Do it a third time’; they did it a third time. The water flowed round the altar and the trench itself was full of water. At the time when the offering is presented, Elijah the prophet stepped forward. ‘O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel,’ he said ‘let them know today that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, that I have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, the Lord, are God and are winning back their hearts.’

    Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the holocaust and wood and licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this they fell on their faces. ‘The Lord is God,’ they cried, ‘the Lord is God.’


Matthew 5:17-19

I have not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets but to complete them

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.’