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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 18, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Do we offer the peace of Christ with one another? If we do not then how are we going to offer it to others outside of the faith? A simple ”peace be with you” would suffice when uttered by man or woman of God. For they carry within them the peace, joy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ within them. Will it always be received the way it is intended? Well obviously not, some will even challenge this little gesture or read more than there is into it. These will only be a few. Others may be a little uncomfortable hearing such a greeting for the first time and may not even know how to respond? But after a while you will see the remarkable changes it makes in people’s lives? How offering the peace of Christ unites us all His one Body.

We cannot offer what we do not have. Therefore we must strive to be faithful followers of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ. We must dwell on and live His word through the divine Scriptures. Frequent reception of the Sacraments of which Christ Himself provides, by His great love and mercy confers the graces we need to share His love and mercy with all of whom we meet. A simple ”Peace be with you” is the doorway in which we can enter to bring the fullness of His love through the Gospel message of the Kindom of God which awaits us. Amen

St Luke Pray for Us…

First reading

2 Timothy 4:10-17 ·
Only Luke is with me

Demas has deserted me for love of this life and gone to Thessalonika, Crescens has gone to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia; only Luke is with me. Get Mark to come and bring him with you; I find him a useful helper in my work. I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas, and the scrolls, especially the parchment ones. Alexander the coppersmith has done me a lot of harm; the Lord will repay him for what he has done. Be on your guard against him yourself, because he has been bitterly contesting everything that we say.
The first time I had to present my defence, there was not a single witness to support me. Every one of them deserted me – may they not be held accountable for it. But the Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

Gospel

Luke 10:1-9
Your peace will rest on that man

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.”’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 25, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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We worry and fret about too many things when all we should be concern ourselves about, is sharing the love of our Lord Jesus Christ with others.

Oh I don’t know enough about my faith what if I am asked tough questions? I don’t have depth in my sharing better to remain quiet then to sound foolish. Don’t know what, when, or how to share Jesus with others? The list goes on till we convince ourselves that others were given the gifts, talents to share His love and not us! Really?

Has the love of Christ not touched you at all? In your pain and misery did He not come to comfort you? Have you not been liberated from a wayward way of life? Do you not see the hand and many blessings of God in your own life? Have you not heard any testimonies on how Jesus had touched the lives of your very own loved ones and friends? Have you not suddenly recalled words from Scripture which helped you through a difficulty? Well then if there is only one thing in the above list of which is not exhaustive, then you should begin to share that one thing with someone, then repeat it to someone else again and again. Soon you will find more and more different things to share. All of us have different qualities, backgrounds, strengths and so on. And it is through this diversity that we are able to reach and touch many different souls through the power of the Holy spirit. God with us who can be against us? All we need is Him.

The twelve that was sent out in today’s Gospel were not Robots neither were genetically cloned. They were all simple men with very different personalities and character. Children of God our Father sent to minister to His other children. In faith they went as they were instructed to do, sharing the good news and healing took place everywhere!

Jesus I love You. I will speak of my love for You and of Your love for me to all who will listen. Amen

First reading

Ezra 9:5-9 ·
‘God has not forgotten us in our slavery’

At the evening sacrifice I, Ezra, came out of my stupor and falling on my knees, with my garment and cloak torn, I stretched out my hands to the Lord my God, and said:
‘My God, I am ashamed, I blush to lift my face to you, my God. For our crimes have increased, until they are higher than our heads, and our sin has piled up to heaven. From the days of our ancestors until now our guilt has been great; on account of our crimes we, our kings and our priests, were given into the power of the kings of other countries, given to the sword, to captivity, to pillage and to shame, as is the case today. But now, suddenly, the Lord our God by his favour has left us a remnant and granted us a refuge in his holy place; this is how our God has cheered our eyes and given us a little respite in our slavery. For we are slaves; but God has not forgotten us in our slavery; he has shown us kindness in the eyes of the kings of Persia, obtaining permission for us to rebuild the Temple of our God and restore its ruins, and he has found us safety and shelter in Judah and in Jerusalem.’

Gospel

Luke 9:1-6
‘Take nothing for the journey’

Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and let none of you take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave, let it be from there. As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere.