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During Mass…

Posted: June 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Today I told a Caucasian guy scrolling through Facebook on his mobile during mass, “hey mate no mobiles in church.” He tailed me and insisted I answer his question after repeating it a few times. “Are you a Bishop?” I began with God bless you followed by we are on sacred ground. He went on to say that he was checking messages as he his wife has a friend who has cancer and was checking up on the friend. I informed him be could do so outside. He grunted and went back to his seat. Both he and his wife continued to go through the mobile and talked throughout the homily.

I realised then since both were wearing shorts that it was no point engaging them further. They were probably there out of a distant sense of obligation. And so will continue to pray they encounter Christ in a deep meaningful way.

As to the question am I a Bishop? I would have liked to respond this way… “No brother I am not a Bishop, but I know better then to disrespect my Lord Jesus Christ in the tabernacle, in the Word, in His Church, in the Priest that stands before us in persona Christi and at Holy Eucharist.” Amen

On Dressing Up

Posted: June 15, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

On Dressing up for the Eucharistic Celebration

Why make a big deal about dressing up for the Eucharistic Celebration? Afterall the Lord knows what is in my heart, he himself wore sandals and a robe! Those who insist we dress us are simply stiff necks who needs to get a life! Yes I can identify with all the above statements because I had uttered them myself. Such bravado comes from misplaced pride and certainly not from having any real relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

As I was growing in my faith I decided to try and attend morning Mass as often as I could mostly on Saturdays. I even wore Bermudas or track pants from time to time. Slowly as I started growing in love with my Lord, I began to feel uneasy about simply dressing down instead of up. The reality sunk in that if He is truly the Lord of Lords, King of Kings in my mind and heart how could I not reverent Him as I should? How could I continue to take short cuts, cut corners in my faith. Was I not standing on sacred ground where my Lord resides?

We have a higher calling as disciples, to be witnesses of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ working in our lives. Can we then show up to serve him in our sleeping attire, beach wear etc. instead of offering the very best of ourselves, morning, noon or night! Most church ministries will have their own code of conduct or handbook which members are required to adhere to as something basic and foundational. What good is it to have them if members do not see themselves as disciples after Christ obedient unto Him and the leaders He has sent?
We must know that we too can be sacraments of the faith we hold dear. An outward sign of an inward grace. By our dressing and our demeanour we can lead others into the sacred. Especially those of us who serve in ministry or some other ways in our Parish, we have to be aware that parishioners are observing us at all times whether we realise it or not.

So sisters and brothers, if you truly love the Lord Your God then you will most definitely dress up for Him. And I promise You that by simply dressing up for Him, you and your family will be greatly Blessed. You will slowly begin to witness an inward change within yourselves, a greater sense of worship and love for the Lord Your God. Amen

On turning 50

Posted: June 11, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

On my 50th birthday…

A milestone which calls for celebration? Yes only if I am where I ought to be, according to the will of my heavenly Father. I can finally relate to what St Paul said in Acts 20:24 “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

How did I get to where I am today? Well I had never in my youth imagined that I would one day speak or even think the way I do now. For Christ was certainly far from me and only because I was the one who kept my distance. I wanted to live life to the fullest, and so searched for pleasures of the world to fulfill the longing to be whole. Only to find that if we want to live life to the full, we can only to do so through life with and in Him. Truly our lives are restless till we rest in Him.

I strongly believe and I have shared this before, that it was through the intercession of both my mum and our Blessed Mother Mary that I found my way back into the fold. And I was indeed blessed that our Lord sent strong spiritual directors to guide me into a deepening of my faith. All would come to naught had I not at the same time made the decision, to respond to His call to be Faithful and obedient unto Him. While it is still a constant struggle to remain so, I have all the necessary graces I need from my Lord through His Holy Sacraments.

So today as I reflect on my life I ask what are my joys having turned 50? Well apart from being blessed with loving parents and a sister, I have a loving family of my own. And most would think that these are all the blessings one could hope for. Not so with God our loving Father because He has blessed me with a huge extended family through the various communities I belong to. And many other sisters and brothers in Christ throughout His church who share a connection with me and the potential to deepen our relationship. All this is possible through Christ our Lord who unites us all in Him.

Thank You Jesus for my life in You.

Glory and Praise be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever Amen

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Posted: June 9, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

Personal Reflection

Posted: June 9, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Photos

Leadership

Posted: June 2, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

On Servant Leadership

Posted: May 26, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys