Posts Tagged ‘conversion from within through Christ’


Yes we all should look on the bright side of things but the only bright side that we should be looking upon is in the hope that is to be found in the light of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! For truly darkness has overcome many parts and will continue to do so if the world does not repent and turn to our Lord.

As is stands many facing the pandemic are dying because their leaders are doing nothing or not enough! Often times it is greed rather than hopelessness in doing what is right! Then we have the advocacy of abortion by pro choice movements, advocacy for same sex marriages while human trafficking, prostitution and child labour continue to thrive. What about genocide? Or simply the abandonment of those in dire poverty!

Let pray fervently for the conversion of sinners but most of all that our very own sinful hearts be changed from within, so that we may live pious lives fully alive in His light and love. For the sake of Your Son’s sorrowful passion dearest Heavenly Father, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen

First reading

Joel 1:13-15,2:1-2 ·

Let all tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming

Priests, put on sackcloth and lament.

Ministers of the altar, wail.

Come, pass the night in sackcloth, you ministers of my God.

For the house of our God has been deprived of oblation and libation.

Order a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly; elders, call together all the inhabitants of the country to the house of the Lord your God.

Cry out to the Lord, ‘Oh, what a day!

For the day of the Lord is near,

it comes as a devastation from Shaddai.’

Sound the trumpet in Zion, give the alarm on my holy mountain!

Let all the inhabitants of the country tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming,

yes, it is near.

Day of darkness and gloom, day of cloud and blackness.

Like the dawn there spreads across the mountains a vast and mighty host,

such as has never been before, such as will never be again

to the remotest ages.

Gospel

Luke 11:15-26

The finger of God has overtaken you

When Jesus had cast out a devil, some of the people said, ‘It is through Beelzebul, the prince of devils, that he casts out devils.’ Others asked him, as a test, for a sign from heaven; but, knowing what they were thinking, he said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is heading for ruin, and a household divided against itself collapses. So too with Satan: if he is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? – since you assert that it is through Beelzebul that I cast out devils. Now if it is through Beelzebul that I cast out devils, through whom do your own experts cast them out? Let them be your judges then. But if it is through the finger of God that I cast out devils, then know that the kingdom of God has overtaken you. So long as a strong man fully armed guards his own palace, his goods are undisturbed; but when someone stronger than he is attacks and defeats him, the stronger man takes away all the weapons he relied on and shares out his spoil.

    ‘He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.

    ‘When an unclean spirit goes out of a man it wanders through waterless country looking for a place to rest, and not finding one it says, “I will go back to the home I came from.” But on arrival, finding it swept and tidied, it then goes off and brings seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and set up house there, so that the man ends up by being worse than he was before.’


Can a leopard change it’s spots? Certainly not on the outside! But through Jesus our Lord, all the spots from within are removed. Purified, sanctified made Holy to know God’s will and to share in His love. 1 Peter 3:3-4 1 “Your adornment should be not an exterior one, consisting of braided hair or gold jewellery or fine clothing, but the interior disposition of the heart, consisting in the imperishable quality of a gentle and peaceful spirit, so precious in the sight of God.” By our obedience and through the grace of the Lord our God, we become powerful witnesses to what we have seen and heard of our Lord Jesus Christ. So that the many who come to believe shall be saved through Him.

And so we are sent into the world to combat evil, to bring His healing grace and to share in the good news of our salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

St Paul pray for us….

May the abundant Blessings of our Almighty and loving God be upon you my sisters and brothers who are celebrating the Lunar New Year. May the peace and love of Lord Jesus be in your hearts and homes. Amen

Happy New Year!

First reading

Acts 22:3-16 ·
‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

Paul said to the people, ‘I am a Jew and was born at Tarsus in Cilicia. I was brought up here in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was taught the exact observance of the Law of our ancestors. In fact, I was as full of duty towards God as you are today. I even persecuted this Way to the death, and sent women as well as men to prison in chains as the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify, since they even sent me with letters to their brothers in Damascus. When I set off it was with the intention of bringing prisoners back from there to Jerusalem for punishment.
‘I was on that journey and nearly at Damascus when about midday a bright light from heaven suddenly shone round me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” I answered: Who are you, Lord? and he said to me, “I am Jesus the Nazarene, and you are persecuting me.” The people with me saw the light but did not hear his voice as he spoke to me. I said: What am I to do, Lord? The Lord answered, “Stand up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told what you have been appointed to do.” The light had been so dazzling that I was blind and my companions had to take me by the hand; and so I came to Damascus.
‘Someone called Ananias, a devout follower of the Law and highly thought of by all the Jews living there, came to see me; he stood beside me and said, “Brother Saul, receive your sight.” Instantly my sight came back and I was able to see him. Then he said, “The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see the Just One and hear his own voice speaking, because you are to be his witness before all mankind, testifying to what you have seen and heard. And now why delay? It is time you were baptised and had your sins washed away while invoking his name.”’

Gospel

Mark 16:15-18
Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News

Jesus showed himself to the Eleven and said to them:
‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’