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On Today’s Gospel I

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

Forgive and remember you had forgiven.

Through His love and divine mercy our Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven us our sins, healed and restored us so as to live in His love. And to live in His love is to be merciful just as He is merciful. For to say we love Him is to extend His love and mercy to all. Not a selective few but to all!

Forgive and remember you had forgiven.

To withhold mercy and forgiveness is to have mercy and forgiveness withheld from us. For in our Lord’s prayer He taught us to pray, forgive us our trespassers as we forgive those who trespass against us. Therefore a life lived in the Lord, is one of mercy. Through the powerful grace of Jesus our Lord who died on the cross we can forgive all hurts, pains done to us. So when we forgive, we remember our Lord’s divine mercy and love for us, we remember His grace upon us and we forgive all.

Forgive and remember you had forgiven. Amen

First reading

Daniel 3:25,34-43
Let our sacrifice to you today be a contrite soul and humbled spirit

Azariah stood in the heart of the fire, and he began to pray:

Oh! Do not abandon us for ever for the sake of your name; do not repudiate your covenant, do not withdraw your favour from us,
for the sake of Abraham, your friend, of Isaac your servant, and of Israel your holy one, to whom you promised descendants as countless as the stars of heaven and as the grains of sand on the seashore. Lord, now we are the least of all the nations, now we are despised throughout the world, today, because of our sins.
We have at this time no leader, no prophet, no prince, no holocaust, no sacrifice, no oblation, no incense, no place where we can offer you the first-fruits
and win your favour.
But may the contrite soul, the humbled spirit be as acceptable to you as holocausts of rams and bullocks, as thousands of fattened lambs: such let our sacrifice be to you today,
and may it be your will that we follow you wholeheartedly, since those who put their trust in you will not be disappointed.
And now we put our whole heart into following you,
into fearing you and seeking your face once more.
Do not disappoint us; treat us gently, as you yourself are gentle and very merciful.
Grant us deliverance worthy of your wonderful deeds, let your name win glory, Lord.

Gospel

Matthew 18:21-35
To be forgiven, you must forgive

Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.
‘And so the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; but he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt. At this, the servant threw himself down at his master’s feet. “Give me time” he said “and I will pay the whole sum.” And the servant’s master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt. Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him. “Pay what you owe me” he said. His fellow servant fell at his feet and implored him, saying, “Give me time and I will pay you.” But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt. His fellow servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him. Then the master sent for him. “You wicked servant,” he said “I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me. Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?” And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt. And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’

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Posted: March 25, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 25, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

God our loving Father willed that His children be saved from the darkness of sin. And He chose a loving mother to bear His only Begotten Son, the Light of the world. So that through His Son our Lord and saviour Jesus, the ransom of sin will be paid in full. So that we can live freely in His love. Mary who said Yes to our loving Father in Heaven also acceded to her Son’s request to be our mother. She is our loving mother, Queen of Heaven.

Every Hail Mary we invoke, causes the seed of faith and love within us to grow and eventuality bear fruit. Both for love of brethren and of the love of the Lord our God. Through our Blessed mother’s intercession we are guarded against evil, our hearts, thoughts and actions made pure. Let us turn to her for guidance so that all we say and do may be pleasing to her Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 7:10-14,8:10 †
The maiden is with child

The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said, ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above.’ ‘No,’ Ahaz answered ‘I will not put the Lord to the test.’
Then he said:

Listen now, House of David:
are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men
without trying the patience of my God, too?
The Lord himself, therefore,
will give you a sign.
It is this: the maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel a name which means ‘God is with us.’

Second reading

Hebrews 10:4-10 †
God’s will was for us to be made holy by the offering of his body made once and for all by Jesus Christ.

Bulls’ blood and goats’ blood are useless for taking away sins, and this is what Christ said, on coming into the world:

You who wanted no sacrifice or oblation,
prepared a body for me.
You took no pleasure in holocausts or sacrifices for sin;then I said,just as I was commanded in the scroll of the book,‘God, here I am! I am coming to obey your will.’

Notice that he says first: You did not want what the Law lays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the oblations, the holocausts and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to obey your will. He is abolishing the first sort to replace it with the second. And this will was for us to be made holy by the offering of his body made once and for all by Jesus Christ.

Gospel

Luke 1:26-38
‘I am the handmaid of the Lord’

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 20, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

It is very good indeed to want to take up the leadership role. To be counted as one who led the flock of the Lord our God into His Heavenly fold. However how many truly have this goal in their hearts? How many are willing to suffer and die if need be for the sake of His sheep? To be fully obedient to the Lord our God and His Church and to accept the good counsel of the Holy Spirit which may lead us in an entirely different direction from what we planned?

The voices of the world grow louder each day and they demand to have leaders stand up for their causes. To legalise abortion, same sex marriages, to have female priests serve in the churches, to allow human cloning and so on. Even some ‘leaders’ in the church are enticed into gaining popularity by agreeing with them. When will they heed the word of God who says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

Lord Jesus if Your call is for me to be a leader then mould me and make me one after Your own heart. To serve and not to be served. To lay down my life if need be for You and my brethren, all for Your Glory alone. Amen

First reading

Jeremiah 18:18-20
My enemies are digging a pit for me

‘Come on,’ they said, ‘let us concoct a plot against Jeremiah; the priest will not run short of instruction without him, nor the sage of advice, nor the prophet of the word. Come on, let us hit at him with his own tongue; let us listen carefully to every word he says.’

Listen to me, O Lord,
hear what my adversaries are saying.
Should evil be returned for good?
For they are digging a pit for me.
Remember how I stood in your presence to plead on their behalf, to turn your wrath away from them.

Gospel

Matthew 20:17-28
They will condemn the Son of Man to death

Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, and on the way he took the Twelve to one side and said to them, ‘Now we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the chief priests and scribes. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the pagans to be mocked and scourged and crucified; and on the third day he will rise again.’
Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came with her sons to make a request of him, and bowed low; and he said to her, ‘What is it you want?’ She said to him, ‘Promise that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your kingdom.’ ‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus answered. ‘Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ ‘Very well,’ he said ‘you shall drink my cup, but as for seats at my right hand and my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted by my Father.’
When the other ten heard this they were indignant with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that among the pagans the rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave, just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 19, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Today is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary our Mother, foster father of Jesus. I chose his name for my confirmation and his is the middle name for both my sons.

Why? Because although he appears silent in the Gospels he speaks volumes by his obedience, faith and most of all his love put into action for his family and by extension the family of God our Father. A humble carpenter by trade, a loving husband, a doting father who strived to keep his family safe. His faith in God was unwavering in spite of the challenges and hardship he had to face. Truly a model I want to follow! He bore his own cross silently just as his son would eventually do.

St Joseph pray for us… Amen

First reading

2 Samuel 7:4-5,12-14,16 †
The Lord will give him the throne of his ancestor David

The word of the Lord came to Nathan:
‘Go and tell my servant David, “Thus the Lord speaks: “When your days are ended and you are laid to rest with your ancestors, I will preserve the offspring of your body after you and make his sovereignty secure. (It is he who shall build a house for my name, and I will make his royal throne secure for ever.) I will be a father to him and he a son to me; if he does evil, I will punish him with the rod such as men use, with strokes such as mankind gives. Yet I will not withdraw my favour from him, as I withdrew it from your predecessor. Your House and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me and your throne be established for ever.”’

Second reading

Romans 4:13,16-18,22 †
Abraham hoped, and he believed

The promise of inheriting the world was not made to Abraham and his descendants on account of any law but on account of the righteousness which consists in faith. That is why what fulfils the promise depends on faith, so that it may be a free gift and be available to all of Abraham’s descendants, not only those who belong to the Law but also those who belong to the faith of Abraham who is the father of all of us. As scripture says: I have made you the ancestor of many nations – Abraham is our father in the eyes of God, in whom he put his faith, and who brings the dead to life and calls into being what does not exist.
Though it seemed Abraham’s hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and he believed, and through doing so he did become the father of many nations exactly as he had been promised: Your descendants will be as many as the stars. This is the faith that was ‘considered as justifying him.’

Gospel

Matthew 1:16,18-21,24
How Jesus Christ came to be born

Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do.


Peace everyone, today I did a recording of my sharing on Today’s readings and Gospel with my fellow stewards of the Banquet unscripted and unedited so if you’re interested to listen here it is…
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By the way I missed out on sharing that the promise of God is indeed fulfilled in Abraham he is afterall Father of the Jews who believe in the One God, us Christians and the Muslims therefore billions round the globe and across the centuries! Praise God!

Then there is another thing about the revelation of our Risen Lord in His resurrected body. Today there is a fixation with zombies and vampires, in a sense which is satanic since it shows the opposite of what eternal life looks like. Zombies and vampires represent the distortion, the hideous side. The latter thirst for blood of humans to live as immortals. Jesus on the other hand gives us His blood and body, an unbloody sacrifice which gives us eternal life with Him. And we will rise in Him with resurrected bodies glowing with the glory of God. Amen

While in Adoration….

Posted: March 16, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

While in Adoration…

Thought I would go excitedly to share with the Lord my little adventure of helping to push some elderly folks from the home for an outdoor breakfast at the food centre. And thank Him for giving me the opportunity to do so. However as I began to pray, I saw myself at this morning’s Eucharist receiving the Lord in my hand. Yes I found that it was a little strange but I did not think too much of it at the time.

You see two priests co-celebrated mass, the medium sized consecrated host was broken into half and each priest took a piece. They then broke off a smaller piece each to consume while the rest they broke into smaller pieces and placed them into the ciborium. Father had given me such a piece, it was triangular with the pointed side placed downward and got caught between the recess of my index and middle finger and so it stood up as those I had been pierced. This now brought me to reflect on how our Blessed mother’s heart was pierced, by the cruel punishment and death of her son Jesus Christ who died to take away our sins. Who now nourishes us by His body in the very Eucharist that was in my hand. Then I saw the upward thrust of the same very Eucharist in my hand, the reverse side of the triangle of His love fanned out for the whole world! The love of the Holy trinity outpoured. Then came the consolations flowing down in waves! Thank You Jesus, praise You Jesus. Amen