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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 24, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We all at one time or another will face issues of insecurity, difficulty in trusting and believing in our faith. Sometimes we look for comfort or distraction in the world and thereafter fall into sin. Then guilt and regret sets in and at times we despair and become despondent. This whole situation happens more often than not, when we are inward looking. We find ourselves going backwards instead of moving forward to life in Christ.

We must always look to Jesus Christ our Risen Lord who has already conquered death and sin. We must hold on to the promises fulfilled in Him! In our moments of difficulty if we turn to look for Him, we will find that He had never left. Through His Word our hearts are renewed, set aflame. We are sent to offer our hope and faith in Him to others in need. When we live in the promises of our Risen Lord, we are empowered by Him. We can expect amazing things to happen, all for the glory of God. Amen

First reading

Acts 3:1-10 †
I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus, walk!

Once, when Peter and John were going up to the Temple for the prayers at the ninth hour, it happened that there was a man being carried past. He was a cripple from birth; and they used to put him down every day near the Temple entrance called the Beautiful Gate so that he could beg from the people going in. When this man saw Peter and John on their way into the Temple he begged from them. Both Peter and John looked straight at him and said, ‘Look at us.’ He turned to them expectantly, hoping to get something from them, but Peter said, ‘I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!’ Peter then took him by the hand and helped him to stand up. Instantly his feet and ankles became firm, he jumped up, stood, and began to walk, and he went with them into the Temple, walking and jumping and praising God. Everyone could see him walking and praising God, and they recognised him as the man who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. They were all astonished and unable to explain what had happened to him.

Gospel

Luke 24:13-35
They recognised him at the breaking of bread

Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him. He said to them, ‘What matters are you discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped short, their faces downcast.
Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’ ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’
Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’ Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.
When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’
They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 23, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Too often we are so caught up in our worldly affairs, our griefs and sorrows that we cannot see, hear His voice or even recognise our Risen Lord standing before us. Can our Guardian angel then help and point us in the right direction?

Those who live in the presence of the Risen Lord can attest to the peace and joy they carry in their hearts with them where ever they go. They know with a sense of certainty that life on earth is only a gateway to true eternal life with our Saviour Jesus Christ. And so they live out their baptismal vows to grow in Holiness.

Therefore sisters and brothers let us live loving, Christ centred lives. So they we will be able to lead others who do not yet know Jesus, into new life with Him through baptism. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

First reading

Acts 2:36-41 †
You must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus

On the day of Pentecost, Peter spoke to the Jews: ‘The whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.’
Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the apostles, ‘What must we do, brothers?’ ‘You must repent,’ Peter answered ‘and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself.’ He spoke to them for a long time using many arguments, and he urged them, ‘Save yourselves from this perverse generation.’ They were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number.

Gospel

John 20:11-18
‘I have seen the Lord and he has spoken to me’

Mary stayed outside near the tomb, weeping. Then, still weeping, she stooped to look inside, and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head, the other at the feet. They said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ ‘They have taken my Lord away’ she replied ‘and I don’t know where they have put him.’ As she said this she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognise him. Jesus said, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and remove him.’ Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She knew him then and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbuni!’ – which means Master. Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go and find the brothers, and tell them: I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ So Mary of Magdala went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 22, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

See the transformative power of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus our Lord! A simple fisherman becomes a fisher of men for the Lord. He who denied ever knowing Him now and forevermore proclaims His life, death and Resurrection. His Kingship and rule over Heaven and earth.

What about us? When will we stop living in denial? Of ever knowing Him by our actions and inaction of drawing closer to Him through prayer and His Word for us. He makes His presence known to us, yet do we humbly come before Him, clasping at His feet. That He may touch our hearts and set us free to live in His love. Stop living in your tombs! Come out and meet Your Risen Lord!

Here I am Lord I’ve come to do Your Will. Amen

First reading

Acts 2:14,22-33
God raised this man Jesus to life, and all of us are witnesses to this

On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed the crowd in a loud voice: ‘Men of Israel, listen to what I am going to say: Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God by the miracles and portents and signs that God worked through him when he was among you, as you all know. This man, who was put into your power by the deliberate intention and foreknowledge of God, you took and had crucified by men outside the Law. You killed him, but God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades; for it was impossible for him to be held in its power since, as David says of him:

I saw the Lord before me always,
for with him at my right hand nothing can shake me.
So my heart was glad and my tongue cried out with joy; my body, too, will rest in the hope that you will not abandon my soul to Hades nor allow your holy one to experience corruption.
You have made known the way of life to me,
you will fill me with gladness through your presence.

‘Brothers, no one can deny that the patriarch David himself is dead and buried: his tomb is still with us. But since he was a prophet, and knew that God had sworn him an oath to make one of his descendants succeed him on the throne, what he foresaw and spoke about was the resurrection of the Christ: he is the one who was not abandoned to Hades, and whose body did not experience corruption. God raised this man Jesus to life, and all of us are witnesses to that. Now raised to the heights by God’s right hand, he has received from the Father the Holy Spirit, who was promised, and what you see and hear is the outpouring of that Spirit.’

Gospel

Matthew 28:8-15
Tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee: they will see me there

Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples.
And there, coming to meet them, was Jesus. ‘Greetings’ he said. And the women came up to him and, falling down before him, clasped his feet. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; they will see me there.’
While they were on their way, some of the guard went off into the city to tell the chief priests all that had happened. These held a meeting with the elders and, after some discussion, handed a considerable sum of money to the soldiers with these instructions, ‘This is what you must say, “His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.” And should the governor come to hear of this, we undertake to put things right with him ourselves and to see that you do not get into trouble.’ The soldiers took the money and carried out their instructions, and to this day that is the story among the Jews.

Easter Sunday

Posted: April 21, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How beautiful is our Easter Celebrations which began at the Vigil with a walk from darkness into light when from the paschal candle; all other candles were lit. We heard the triumph and glory of God through the readings, we welcomed our newly baptised sisters and brothers into one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We renewed our own baptismal vows and rejoiced in the joy of our Risen Lord!

This morning on the Holiest of Sundays the beginning in which all other Sundays follow, we celebrate the Day of the Risen Lord. We hear a new Gospel truth not proclaimed the evening before, then we await in eager anticipation to receive the Risen Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Sunday is truly a day set apart, Holy, Holy, Holy. Amen

Happy Easter

Posted: April 20, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Today we remember and celebrate the second and final part, the completion of the passover of our Lord Jesus Christ, in which He passed over from death into new life! By His Resurrection we have victory over death! We rise to new life with Him just as the the neophytes do this very evening through their baptism.

Let us live then in the joy of the Risen Lord bringing the joy of the Gospel to all whom we meet! Happy Easter dearest sisters and brothers in Christ. To Him be the glory forever more. Amen

Lessons in Holy Week

Posted: April 19, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Some lessons I’ve learnt over these few days in Holy week..

1. When the Lord tells you He has plans for you, expect the challenges you’ll face almost instantaneously.

2. You can choose to react the same old way or you can accept the humility of it all and be the first to love and be merciful.

3. People especially fellow parishioners are watching your every move. Hence either you lead by good example or lead them astray by your poor choices.

4. You are not entitled or privelleged just because you’re serving in some ministry, but rather as Jesus said you must be a servant for others.

5. Speak up for the truth always even if it is unpopular. For a disciple has a higher calling to follow after His master; who has said the truth will set you free!

Good Friday 2019

Posted: April 19, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We recall the first part of our Lord’s passover today, in which he passed over from life into death. He suffered tremendously, physically, mentally, spiritually, and died a cruel death for love of you and me.

He was crushed, bore the sins of the world and carried it with him to his tomb. So that death will NOT be the final answer for us! God Himself came down to save us, He paid the debt in full without which we would surely die. The temple veil was torn, no longer are we separated from the love of God!

We adore you O Christ and we praise you. For by your Holy cross you have redeemed the world!

Thank you Jesus my Lord for loving and saving me. Amen