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We are all sinners in need of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for through Him alone we have hope of perfection and eternal salvation. And it is foolish of us if we should look upon the sins of others thinking we have not sinned as greatly and are more deserving of our Lord’s company. For even the tiniest speck of sin is great against the immaculate purity of our perfect Lord and God!

That is why all the Saints who have gone before us showed great love for Jesus and for their neighbour. They lived and breathed His commandments to love. For they were humbled in knowing without an inkling of doubt just how much they were loved and that their sins were forgiven by Him who died for love of them. They desired each day to wake and walk in the light of His Resurrection.

Let us therefore continue to strive and encourage one another to be Holy as the Lord our God is Holy. So that one day soon we will rejoice with the Saints in Heaven. Amen

Pope St Cornelius and St Cyprian pray for us.

First reading

1 Timothy 4:12-16

Be an example to all the believers

Do not let people disregard you because you are young, but be an example to the believers in the way you speak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your purity. Make use of the time until I arrive by reading to the people, preaching and teaching. You have in you a spiritual gift which was given to you when the prophets spoke and the body of elders laid their hands on you; do not let it lie unused. Think hard about all this, and put it into practice, and everyone will be able to see how you are advancing. Take great care about what you do and what you teach; always do this, and in this way you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.

Gospel

Luke 7:36-50

Her many sins have been forgiven, or she would not have shown such great love

One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table, a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and anointed them with the ointment.

    When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who this woman is that is touching him and what a bad name she has.’ Then Jesus took him up and said, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Speak, Master’ was the reply. ‘There was once a creditor who had two men in his debt; one owed him five hundred denarii, the other fifty. They were unable to pay, so he pardoned them both. Which of them will love him more?’ ‘The one who was pardoned more, I suppose’ answered Simon. Jesus said, ‘You are right.’

    Then he turned to the woman. ‘Simon,’ he said ‘you see this woman? I came into your house, and you poured no water over my feet, but she has poured out her tears over my feet and wiped them away with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but she has been covering my feet with kisses ever since I came in. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. For this reason I tell you that her sins, her many sins, must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love. It is the man who is forgiven little who shows little love.’ Then he said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ Those who were with him at table began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this man, that he even forgives sins?’ But he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’


The readings of the ‘end times’ as we journey towards the start of Advent is not meant to fill our hearts with doom and gloom. It is to awaken us from our slumber and call us to action. We are afterall children of the Resurrection, the light!

Have we allowed our light to grow dim? To be snuffed out by the cares and worries of the world? Have we concerned ourselves with things that will not last? Or as children of the light, we have heard our call to holiness and are journeying in the love of God our Father; saving souls as we go along and leading them to our eternal rest with Him?

In our lifetime we were blessed to have witnessed the lives of our fellow saints living in the light of the Resurrection; Pope John Paul II, Theresa of calcutta, Carlo Acutis to name a few. These were ordinary men and women transfigured by living in the presence of our Lord according to His Word and Will for them. You and I should desire to live likewise.

Lord Jesus be with me Amen

First reading
Apocalypse 20:1-4,11-21:2
The book of life was opened, and the dead were judged

I, John, saw an angel come down from heaven with the key of the Abyss in his hand and an enormous chain. He overpowered the dragon, that primeval serpent which is the devil and Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and shut the entrance and sealed it over him, to make sure he would not deceive the nations again until the thousand years had passed. At the end of that time he must be released, but only for a short while.
    Then I saw some thrones, and I saw those who are given the power to be judges take their seats on them. I saw the souls of all who had been beheaded for having witnessed for Jesus and for having preached God’s word, and those who refused to worship the beast or his statue and would not have the brand-mark on their foreheads or hands; they came to life, and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. Then I saw a great white throne and the One who was sitting on it. In his presence, earth and sky vanished, leaving no trace. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of his throne, while the book of life was opened, and other books opened which were the record of what they had done in their lives, by which the dead were judged.
    The sea gave up all the dead who were in it; Death and Hades were emptied of the dead that were in them; and every one was judged according to the way in which he had lived. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the burning lake. This burning lake is the second death; and anybody whose name could not be found written in the book of life was thrown into the burning lake.
    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, and the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband.


Gospel
Luke 21:29-33
My words will never pass away

Jesus told his disciples a parable: ‘Think of the fig tree and indeed every tree. As soon as you see them bud, you know that summer is now near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 28, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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It is not enough to live as saints or to be saints for others but to be Saint makers ourselves! What do I mean? Simply this, by virtue of our baptism we are called to holiness not just individually but collectively hence the deeper expression ‘communion of Saints’; we must strive therefore to lead one another into greater Holiness. We do this by our own example of our love for Christ Jesus our Lord put into action for others. We endeavour each day to embrace Him through holy communion, by listening to His word and will for us at His feet.

In this day and age we have fight extra hard to avoid sin and temptation. Because the devil too or rather evil at its core uses the new ‘tools’ available. Mobile phones, tablets and so forth are easy access to portals of sin and debauchery! Pornography, or the simple lure to immodesty are at your fingertips. Openly as well hidden behind popular apps and games! Do we continue then to allow ourselves to be tempted? Or do we fight the battle head on by ensuring that our devices are ‘sacramentals’ used towards our desire to grow in holiness by removing all that might lead us astray. And thereafter do we use them to communicate the truth to be found in our Lord Jesus Christ or do we use them for gossip, to spread propaganda, fake news, or anything contrary to our faith?

Lord Jesus it is my desire to be your beacon of light this and everyday. Help me therefore to live always in Your light. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, now and forever. Amen

First reading
Ephesians 2:19-22 ·
In Christ you are no longer aliens, but citizens like us

You are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.

Gospel
Luke 6:12-16
Jesus chooses his twelve apostles

Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them ‘apostles’: Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.


Today we rejoice with the Saints and angels in heaven; giving praise, glory and thanksgiving to our almighty and ever living God. We honour our sisters and brothers the living saints who have gone ahead, who now stand worthy in the presence of our loving and merciful God; as they pray ceaselessly for us, awaiting our heavenly reunion. Truly we are blessed.

Let us remember and emulate the virtuous lives they led. How they struggled to live out the beautitudes in their lives, yet persevered amidst great hardship, trials and persecution. For they knew through their great faith and love for the Lord our God that He, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would always stand with them through it all. And when it was time, He would be there to welcome them with open arms. They were ordinary children of God our Father, just like you and me. But they grew in their faith, love and holiness such that they reflected the likeness and image of God our Father through their acts of mercy, charity and love. They show us that it is not only possible but our call through the grace of God to be one with Him and them in God’s eternal Kingdom. Amen

All you Holy wonderful Saints in heaven pray for us..

First reading

Apocalypse 7:2-4,9-14 ·
I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language

I, John, saw another angel rising where the sun rises, carrying the seal of the living God; he called in a powerful voice to the four angels whose duty was to devastate land and sea, ‘Wait before you do any damage on land or at sea or to the trees, until we have put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.’ Then I heard how many were sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel.
After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. They shouted aloud, ‘Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels who were standing in a circle round the throne, surrounding the elders and the four animals, prostrated themselves before the throne, and touched the ground with their foreheads, worshipping God with these words, ‘Amen. Praise and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God for ever and ever. Amen.’
One of the elders then spoke, and asked me, ‘Do you know who these people are, dressed in white robes, and where they have come from?’ I answered him, ‘You can tell me, my lord.’ Then he said, ‘These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb.’

Second reading

1 John 3:1-3 ·
We shall be like God because we shall see him as he really is

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are.
Because the world refused to acknowledge him,therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.
Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ.

Gospel

Matthew 5:1-12a
How happy are the poor in spirit

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

‘How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle: they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: their is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 28, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Yesterday we heard in Sunday’s Gospel how the Lord our God favours the humble of heart. And the humble of heart goes home right with God. Humility which is derived from the root word humus which means soil or ground. So then how grounded are we in Christ? In knowing that we are all God our Father’s children and are one Body in Christ. Why then should we compare ourselves with one another? Does God our Father love one of us more than the other? From dust we came from dust we shall return, be it as it may we were all created in the likeness and image of God and it is His Will that we all be with Him eternally. We were born saints and through Christ we will return Home as Saints!

Born saints can we then say we are not good enough or know enough to lead others to the knowledge of and into a deep meaningful relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whom we love? If we are truly grounded in Christ, we know that He has called the ordinary to become extraordinary through Him. We are sent by His grace, power and authority to make disciples of all nations. Baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that He had commanded us; and He had said to us, “I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20) Amen.

Saints Simon and Jude pray for us….

First reading

Ephesians 2:19-22 ·
In Christ you are no longer aliens, but citizens like us

You are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.

Gospel

Luke 6:12-16
Jesus chooses his twelve apostles

Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them ‘apostles’: Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.