Archive for November 5, 2022


To Rise Again: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:

2 Maccabees 7:1–2, 9–14

Psalm 17:1, 5–6, 8, 15

2 Thessalonians 2:16–3:5

Luke 20:27–38

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With their riddle about seven brothers and a childless widow, the Sadducees in today’s Gospel mock the faith for which seven brothers and their mother die in the First Reading.

The Maccabean martyrs chose death—tortured limb by limb, burned alive —rather than betray God’s Law. Their story is given to us in these last weeks of the Church year to strengthen us for endurance—that our feet not falter but remain steadfast on His paths.

The Maccabeans died hoping that the “King of the World” would raise them to live again forever (see 2 Maccabees 14:46).

The Sadducees don’t believe in the Resurrection because they can’t find it literally taught in the Scriptures. To ridicule this belief, they fix on a law that requires a woman to marry her husband’s brother if he should die without leaving an heir (see Genesis 38:8; Deuteronomy 25:5).

But God’s Law wasn’t given to ensure the raising up of descendants to earthly fathers. The Law was given, as Jesus explains, to make us worthy to be “children of God”—sons and daughters born of His Resurrection.

“God our Father,” today’s Epistle tells us, has given us “everlasting encouragement” in the Resurrection of Christ. Through His grace, we can now direct our hearts to the love of God.

As the Maccabeans suffered for the Old Law, we will have to suffer for our faith in the New Covenant. Yet, He will guard us in the shadow of His wing, He will keep us as the apple of His eye, as we sing in today’s Psalm. The Maccabeans’ persecutors marveled at their courage. We too can glorify the Lord in our sufferings and in the daily sacrifices we make.

And we have even greater cause for hope than they did. One who has risen from the dead has given us His word—that He is the God of the living, that when we awake from the sleep of death we will behold His face and be content in His presence (see Psalm 76:6; Daniel 12:2).

A Meaningful Encounter…

Posted: November 5, 2022 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys
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I was walking with my daughter to the bus stop from mum’s place to go home, when I heard a guy call out “uncle” from behind me. As there was an old man walking towards me I thought the couple walking behind me was calling out to him. But the old man neither acknowledged their call nor did he even look their way. As the old man passed me by I heard a loud call “uncle” again so I turned to have a look.

Lo and behold the tall lanky Chinese guy in his mid fifties wearing a surgical mask was actually calling out to me. He asked if I was a Christian and I replied yes but curious how did he know? It turns out the t shirt I was wearing had ‘Servants of The Lord” printed behind. We then had a wonderful chat all the way to the bus stop.

Turns out Joseph and his Filipino wife are missionaries who  just returned from the Philippines two months ago. He is from an independent non denominational church. He shared that ever since he was baptised some 18 years ago, he was called to the Lord to go on mission. And has done so on His providence all this while.

I was curious how he encountered the Lord to begin with. Apparently prior to a car accident, Joseph was a ‘Tang Kee’ which is a Chinese medium. When he had that terrible accident he saw a vision of the Lord reaching out and pulling him out of the wreck. He did not know who Jesus was at the time. A few months later he was led to a church and when he saw a picture of Jesus he broke down and cried. He was later baptized and had ever since ministered to people through healing and leading them to the Lord.

I briefly shared my own journey with him till his bus arrived first. Told him I would look him up if I was in the neighborhood again. Afterall he is starting two floors above my mum.

Praise the Lord for such a meaningful encounter with a fellow brother in Christ!

The T shirt I was wearing

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 5, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We all need money to survive in this world and in itself money is neither good nor evil. It is how we attain it, how we use it and to our end that we may be judged.

A long time ago I made a decision that I would work hard to make a living to provide enough for my family. But will not chase after riches, fame or fortune! Not for lack of ambition but rather I desired to serve the Lord in whatever time I had to do so. He gave me many opportunites to bring His peace, love and joy into the homes and hearts of His flock over the years. Whether it was giving formation talks, home bound communion or home visit programs. I received freely from Him and so gave freely. The fraternal bonds that grew through ministering in His love are the most precious to me. I remember fondly on one occasion as I finished the last session of a Holy Communion program, the group gifted me with a messenger bag. They had noticed the one I had been carrying was a little worn out. I was deeply touched by their love and kindness. In another a family I was received as a son to a mother and a little later God-Father to her daughter. Many of us share a deep heartfelt appreciation of what it means to live as sisters and brothers, God our Father’s children through Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Truly it is Jesus our Lord who gathers us all and makes us One in Him!

As I look back to see the glory of God in my life, I move forward to glorify Him with renewed vigour for truly there is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength! Amen Alleluia!

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First reading

Philippians 4:10-19 ·

With the help of the One who gives me strength, there is nothing I cannot master

It is a great joy to me, in the Lord, that at last you have shown some concern for me again; though of course you were concerned before, and only lacked an opportunity. I am not talking about shortage of money: I have learnt to manage on whatever I have, I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich too. I have been through my initiation and now I am ready for anything anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty. There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength. All the same, it was good of you to share with me in my hardships. In the early days of the Good News, as you people of Philippi well know, when I left Macedonia, no other church helped me with gifts of money. You were the only ones; and twice since my stay in Thessalonika you have sent me what I needed. It is not your gift that I value; what is valuable to me is the interest that is mounting up in your account. Now for the time being I have everything that I need and more: I am fully provided now that I have received from Epaphroditus the offering that you sent, a sweet fragrance – the sacrifice that God accepts and finds pleasing. In return my God will fulfil all your needs, in Christ Jesus, as lavishly as only God can.

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Gospel

Luke 16:9-15

Use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I tell you this: use money, tainted as it is, to win you friends, and thus make sure that when it fails you, they will welcome you into the tents of eternity. The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great. If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give you what is your very own?

    ‘No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.’

    The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and laughed at him. He said to them, ‘You are the very ones who pass yourselves off as virtuous in people’s sight, but God knows your hearts. For what is thought highly of by men is loathsome in the sight of God.’