Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Catholic Reflections 637 : Homily Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe-A - Sunday, November 26, 2017

Homily Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe-A - Sunday, November 26, 2017

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12. 15-17
Psalm: Ps 22:1-3. 5-6. “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want”
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26. 28
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

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Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe-A - Sunday, November 26, 2017 by clicking this link here:   https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/faith-hope-and-love-ep-60-christ-the-king-a  (EPISODE:60)
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The gospel this weekend is very special.  I have always found that it goes to the heart of Jesus’ message and mission. How different the world would be if all people took this gospel at face value. Quite literally. “just as you did it to one of the least of these…  you did it to me”.
 
There is a story told (not sure if this actually happened but it is still great), of Queen Victoria, who went on a vacation to Scotland, and one day, took a walk on one of her estates.  

On the country walk, the Queen was dressed very discretely in walking clothes. A storm blew up and Queen Victoria retreated to a neighbour’s house and asked if they would kindly lend her an umbrella.  The neighbour, not recognizing this person on the steps in the pouring rain, begrudgingly lent the umbrella, but when the Queen walked off and opened up the umbrella, it was full of holes and quite useless.   The next day, the Queen sent one of her attendants back to return the umbrella, with a polite note of thanks.   When the neighbour saw the regal attendant and realised the truth of who the visitor was, she was mortified and said in explanation:. I am so sorry, if I had known it was Her Majesty, I wouldn’t have given her that umbrella.”   (well, whether that situation happened or not, the point is a good one.)  

What did it matter WHO it was? Why would you give ANYONE  an umbrella with holes in it; which was utterly useless for its purpose? Irrespective of who they were or not!   “Anyone who turns up on our doorsteps is not only possibly royalty in disguise; today’s  gospel calls upon us to treat everyone with the reverence and graciousness we would give to Christ himself  // Why can we humans be tempted to make distinctions in the ordinary matter of respecting human dignity, which is actually due to all people. Whether they be prince or pauper, the Lord says, “what you do to these … you do it to me.”   

If the world took this very seriously and literally, the world would change profoundly… All humans would have the dignity and respect befitting God who lovingly created them. Which, I believe is the intention of Our Lord's parable.
The reading from Ezekiel… is also very fitting. The Lord will be our shepherd, lead us, guide us, heal us, …seek the lost, feed us, (The fat sheep come in for some very negative comment here in this gospel, because in this narrative they have pushed around the others and not let them eat and have pasture. The Well-off sheep have scattered the poor, needy sheep and the master is very unhappy with this.).… 

God recognises that among the people (and among every group of people)  there are some who are struggling and experiencing weakness, (as all of us do at different ways)… and some who are feeling lost, disconnected and injured…    as well as those who are strong and satisfied….   And the co-responsibility of people to support and encourage each-other is an expectation of the Kingdom.
 
Our Lord instructs us that every time you look into the face of one who is hungry, the face of a person who thirsts….  The face of a stranger…..   the face of someone in need, or someone who is ill…..   or a prisoner….   Anytime you look at even those who might be regarded as ‘the least’ (by some)………There…  you are looking and seeing the face of the Lord... //And how we respond to these people is how we are taken to be responding to the Lord himself.
 
Jesus tells us this parable because he wants us to take this message quite literally….     and act upon it……   
 
In the parable…. everyone gets a surprise about this news…..  the ‘sheep’  and the ‘goats’ alike…..  neither realised that when they fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick, visited the prisoner…. welcomed the stranger… that they were helping Christ himself…..    the wicked certainly didn’t know this…..    but in this parable… even the righteous….  (they helped these people)…but even THEY didn’t realise that by acting in this way, they were serving Christ himself, to these needy people…..
 
The Gospel from Saint Matthew reminds us that we will be judged on how well we loved. It is the way that we love one another that reveals whether we love God or not.  It is this love for one another that will confirm whether we are truly close to God or far from God…
 
We are all brothers and sisters in Christ…..   and we ask for God’s guidance and grace as we look out for others..  especially the most vulnerable…….   We move forward, joyfully remembering always that the Lord is Good…  his mercy and faithfulness endures from age to age!!”
 
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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly

New Jerome Bible Handbook. Geoffrey Chapman Publishers. 1992.

“2008 – a Book of Grace-filled Days,” by Lavonne Neff; 

 “Monastery of Christ in the Desert,” Abbott’s Homily, http://christdesert.org ; 

“Vision – Praying Scripture in a Contemporary Way. Year A”

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe-A

(Sunday, November 26, 2017)

(EPISODE: 60)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (or/ The Lord be with You)
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you are the image of the unseen God: Lord, have mercy.//You are the firstborn of all creation: Christ, have mercy//You are the head of the body, the Church: Lord, have mercy//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Let us pray
(that all creation will proclaim Jesus as Lord…….)


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Memorial Acclamation

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

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Christ the King  

Eucharistic Prayer I 

Communion side.  pwk:  RH
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Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Catholic Reflections 636 : Homily Sunday, November 19, 2017 Thirty-third Sunday of the Year A - Sunday, November 19, 2017

Homily Sunday, November 19, 2017 Thirty-third Sunday of the Year A  - Sunday, November 19, 2017

First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13. 19-20. 30-31
Psalm: Ps 127:1-5. “Happy are those who fear the Lord.”
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
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Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for the Thirty-third Sunday of the Year A  - Sunday, November 19, 2017 by clicking this link here:   https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/faith-hope-and-love-november-19th-2017-ep-59-ordinary-time-33a  (EPISODE: 59)
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[Gospel values included in the readings: God entrusts us with gifts according to our abilities. The gifts we have are given to be shared and nurtured]

This weekend’s parable could be summed up with the following quote from Charles M. Shulz, creator of the cartoon characters: Charlie Brown, Linus and Snoopy ….  He writes…:  “life is like a ten-speed bicycle…  Most of us have gears we never use” 

We certainly have talents, and it would be more than a tragedy to bury them…..
This weekend’s gospel….  (often described as  the parable of the “talents”)   could also be entitled….’do not let what you cannot do, stop you from doing what you CAN do.’

The key to this parable is that the master gave each servant the number of talents according to their abilities…  So he KNEW what they could do and he expected them to do what they could….  

So, from the gospel’s perspective, we are not always the best judge of our own gifts and talents. God is!

And sometimes it takes family, friends or trusted mentors to encourage us in gifts and talents which we might be too lacking in confidence to see for ourselves. \\
 
We can be our own worst enemies when it comes to saying things like:  “‘I am not good at that’ or….  “ I can’t do this”….     It is God who truly knows all the things that we “ARE” and “ARE NOT” able to do. Talents and gifts are to be promoted and nurtured or they else they get wasted. 

“This weekend’s gospel speaks of the gifts God has given all of us. We are invited to develop the daily habit of reflecting on the gifts we have been given by God’s grace.  Daily, we become more aware of the gifts God has given to us and we put them to good use in response to God's call. 


Today's gospel invites us to reflect honestly on the talents, skills, and qualities that are part of each of us, and how we help multiply life's goodness by using those talents fully. We also have to be wary of all the weak excuses we can be tempted to use when we doubt our abilities or find the task challenging.  The foolish person who hid his talent had what he thought was a perfect excuse to offer to the master, but the master soon labelled it for what it really was:  - nonsense!” Our Lord can see through our lame excuses too.
 
The Pharisees and scribes of Jesus’ time, focused on preserving and keeping the law of Moses….  “building a fence around the law”  keeping the law pure and untainted…. They were so intent on this that they were really focusing on simply keeping the law, burying it in a field, and handing it back exactly as they had received it, without change or growth or improvement…..   They had lost the point…..  The Law had become an end in itself….  “keeping the rules”   was the only thing that mattered…..   Earning God’s reward by keeping the rules, but not nothing much else….  This had distorted the Good news of God’s Kingdom……..     What they were doing is a bit like a farm worker handing back a seed that they had been given and saying to the farmer… here it is… you gave it to me... I have preserved the seed…  froze it… and here is the seed back exactly in the same condition as you gave it to me…. But how crazy… The seed is meant for the sowing. It is intended for planting… and for germination… it is to produce a plant which will bear fruit…..  //

This tendency still occurs today….    the tendency to miss the forest for the trees…. and to focus on restrictive rules as opposed to the purpose, reason and spirit of the law and what it was trying to achieve, can be a constant obstacle….  
 
God has distributed talents differently to different people……  we don’t all have the same qualities and talents……..    // (but the talents each of us have….  are given to share for the common good of all…..)  //  but we also know that (throughout history), there are some very talented people who have under-utilised their talent and produced mediocre fruit…// There are also countless stories of saints and famous people, over the ages, who overcame great obstacles (including very poor health), and limitations of all sorts, to produce the most amazing (disproportionate) fruits and astounding results in their lives…..  They did it by determination, hard work  (and of course, by the grace of God)….and utilising well the talents and vision they DID possess…..   // It’s the story of the ‘tortoise and the hare’ – slow and steady wins the race…..….
 
The reward, in God’s kingdom, is an unusual one, according to this parable -   - Those who do well, are given even more responsibility (That is, they are given even more work to do)…  Sounds a little daunting doesn’t it…  But we remember the saying:  “If you want something done, ask a busy person”. Those who produced the fruits were given even more to produce…..    So it is with us… There is no time like the present… and the harvest of the Kingdom is plentiful… and the labourers are few…. 
 
If we use our gifts, they will deepen, they will increase in significance and effect…. If we don’t use our gifts they will weaken…..we could lose them…..  so the best way to keep our gifts is to use them in the service of God’s Kingdom…here and now….   serving God, by helping others.

 

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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly

 ##THE DAILY STUDY BIBLE. GOSPEL OF Matthew. (REVISED EDITION). BY WILLIAM BARCLAY.

Prepare the Word Resources,

Mark Link
 
 
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Thirty-third Sunday of the Year A
(Sunday, November 19, 2017)

(EPISODE: 59 )

The Lord be with you.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you have revealed yourself as the way to the Father: Lord, have mercy//You have poured out on your people the Spirit of truth: Christ, have mercy//You are the Good Shepherd, leading us to eternal life: Lord, have mercy.//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Let us pray
(for the joy of serving the Lord faithfully)


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Memorial Acclamation

When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

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Sundays Ordinary III

Euch prayer two

Communion side.  pwk:  LH
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Go forth, the Mass is ended.



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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Catholic Reflections 635 : Homily Thirty-Second Sunday Ordinary Time. Year A - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Homily Thirty-Second Sunday Ordinary Time. Year A - Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
       First Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16
       Psalm: 62:2-8. “
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God
       Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
       Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13
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[Gospel values included in the readings: humility, preparation, alertness and trusting in God’s promises whilst not taking them for granted]

The only thing that seems excessive in this story is ……-okay--….. so they weren't prepared for the arrival of the bridegroom!!... They messed up!! So?........... Surely it is a happy occasion when everyone is celebrating and in a good mood?......The bridegroom is a nice guy.....  Why lock out the bridesmaids because they were a bit disorganised and unprepared???? But this parable is designed to shock and surprise people out of their complacency. 


But firstly…. It is like those memes you see on social media  …  “you had one job to do – and you blew it !!!’   -  That is…..Their whole purpose as bridesmaids is to await bridal party- and welcome them and precede them into the banquet feast -   and they missed it;  due to carelessness and foolishness....  They did not care enough about the Bride and Groom to do their job properly and let the whole show down. ... This parable was told to an audience who well-knew how weddings worked in the community and it was common for the bridegroom to be delayed quite a long time….   And the bridal party would playfully delight in catching people unprepared…  but here this parable takes on a much more serious tone…..    

And also….  On a wider level….. the parable has at least two universal warnings.

(i) It warns us that there are certain things which cannot be obtained at the last minute. It is far too late for a student to start preparing for a major exam when the day of the examination has come. It is too late for a person to acquire a skill, or a personal quality or character if they do not already possess it when some task offers itself to them.  Similarly, it is easy to leave things so late that we can no longer prepare ourselves to respond.  And likewise, one can leave things too late to prepare to meet with God. In 1660, Mary, the Princess Royal, lay dying from smallpox. She had a visit from her chaplain who sought to tell her of the way of salvation. Her answer was delightful: 
"I have not left such a matter to this hour." Well said!  To be too late is always a tragedy. And if it is too late, it does not reflect on the goodness of the one who has already closed the door.
(ii) It warns us that there are certain things which cannot be borrowed. The foolish bridesmaids found it impossible to borrow oil when they discovered they needed it. A person cannot borrow a relationship with God; They must possess it for themselves. A person cannot borrow a character; they must be clothed with it. We cannot always rely on the spiritual “capital” which others have been nurturing. There are certain things we must gain or acquire for ourselves, for we cannot borrow them from others.

There is no sound so with regret as the words “too late!”


We know that God is patient and compassionate and gives us so many opportunities and new starts….   But this parable is warning us not to take this for granted, and eventually, the time will come for the door to close and we must be humble, diligent and prepared.
 

It takes a lifetime to foster and develop our character into those qualities consistent with the Gospel of Jesus. It requires constant openness and willingness to change and be transformed by God and a readiness that simply cannot be left to the eleventh hour!.
 
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REFERENCES:
 
THE DAILY STUDY BIBLE. GOSPEL OF Matthew (REVISED EDITION). BY WILLIAM BARCLAY.


FR. PAUL W. KELLY

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Thirty-Second Sunday Ordinary Time. Year A
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Sunday, November 12, 2017)

(EPISODE: 58)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you were lifted up to draw all people to yourself: Lord, have mercy//You shouldered the cross, to bear our suffering and sinfulness: Christ, have mercy// You open for your people the way from death into life: Lord, have mercy//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Memorial Acclamation

We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

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Sundays Ordinary II

Euch prayer two

Communion side.  pwk: 
RH
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Go in peace.(glorifying the Lord by your life)



Thursday, November 02, 2017

Catholic Reflections 634 : Homily Thirty-first Sunday. Year A - Sunday, November 5, 2017

Homily Thirty-first Sunday. Year A - Sunday, November 5, 2017

First Reading: Malachi 1:14 - 2:2. 8-10
Psalm: 130. “
In you, Lord, I have found my peace.
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9. 13
Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12
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Homily Thirty-first Sunday. Year A - Sunday, November 5, 2017

[Gospel values included in the readings: fraternity, humility, fairness, impartiality, service, support of others, self-sacrifice]

We are all brothers and sisters of one heavenly father...   we are united as one, and so we must be reverent, consistent, fair and even-handed with one other. 

We are invited to be more giving than taking; more uplifting to others, than actively burdensome. 

Interestingly, Jesus in his teaching makes a very strong distinction.  He criticizes the leadership of his day for not practising what they preach. He attacks their scandalous hypocrisy, but he refuses to deny their teaching authority.  Rather, he is saddened by the fact that they are not living up to what they are teaching; and that means a great deal. 
 
it is deeply distressing and tragic when one hears another say: "I gave up Christianity because people who called themselves Christian were not living up to its message." It shows how much people take our actions as speaking louder than our words.  Christians who are not living according to their proclaimed discipleship are an enormous obstacle to the faith of others. But we have to be so careful not to “throw out the baby with the bathwater.”  Our Lord never gave anyone permission to do the wrong thing. He never taught people to misuse their position or to live in a hypocritical way. In fact, he consistently called people to model themselves on his lived values and live exactly as we proclaim; in service, consistency, justice and humility and self-sacrifice.  Our role model and guide is Christ himself. He lived and proclaimed the Kingdom perfectly and consistently.  Christian leaders and in fact every Christian is ultimately judged by the standards of how they followed their role-model, Jesus, and how they were guided by Christ's values and priorities and not their own.  Christ is the absolute model of service, self-forgetting love, compassion, justice and obedience to the Heavenly Father, and to the welfare of his beloved children. 
 
Jesus teaches us to listen and learn from anyone who has something worthwhile to say….   But to be discerning and wary about any contradictions between their proclaimed values and their actual behaviour and attitudes.
 
St Paul’s second reading is a refreshing contrast to the failures of the other religious leaders. Saint Paul is a different kind of leader.  Although Our Lord criticizes those who make a big show of outward appearances, to the cost of others around them, St Paul is very down-to-earth.  He is so passionate about his fellow Christians. He has come among them as a brother and he has an enormous affection for all of them…  (He describes himself as..)....feeling like a protective mother, for her own children…    St Paul came into the community to assist them, to serve them in Christ, (using Christ as his role-model), and not be any kind of burden on them. He worries about them like a parent and speaks up to encourage them and at times to challenge them, but only for their good and for the good of the gospel, not for his own needs.  This is so different from those whom Our Lord spoke against. They want to make themselves better than others, created double-standards and forgot they are there for the support and encouragement to others and service of others and not for their own self-serving purposes.  
 
Christ's teaching is virtually always framed in positive terms. It is often not about “don’t do this and don’t do that”  - He leaves those kinds of words to his enemies. He devotes his actions and his teachings to the opposite.   (That is,) to being someone who IS loving, who is a servant, a brother, and caring about those around him. Giving himself completely in service and love for all.
 
Our Lord was most oftenly on the front foot, initiating events, whilst his enemies were on the back foot, reacting negatively to things that happened. Christ was pro-active whilst his opponents were re-active.  Jesus did many good works of healing, inclusion, service and love, while his opponents would argue and complain (after the fact) about his actions.  Our Lord did not spend much time arguing with them about their complaints, as he was too busy moving onto the next good work, the next good project, the next person to be healed, included or forgiven.

Jesus had little time for ‘don’t do this and don’t do that’   - he was too busy (rather) DOING what WAS worthwhile…   and encouraging people to imitate him…   When someone stopped him and told him ‘you shouldn’t have healed that woman on the Sabbath,"  or "you shouldn’t have forgiven that man," or  "you shouldn’t have restored that person to the community…”  he had already done so, and was already off onto the next good work…leaving them behind to argue about words, while he was already at work on his next activity. 

The wonderful picture of Jesus is this.  His enemies would come up to him and say, “you had no right to do that action.”  Jesus would effectively reply, “too late, it is already done.”  Then they would ask “Why have you done this? What right have you got to do this”  - to which Our Lord would reply: “I am doing my Father’s work, and it is always a good time to do good.”  And then Jesus would add: “Anyway, I cannot stay and argue, I am off to do my next work of healing and love.  I suppose you will want to criticise that, but off I go anyway. Talk about it amongst yourselves all you want, but I am busy with much to do.” 

That, I truly think, is the key to the message of Christ… Action backing up talk. Positive! Not negative.  Doing something instead of endlessly arguing about it or complaining afterwards about what others should or should not be doing. And being pro-active, not merely reactive.

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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly
Break Open the Word 2011
My Daily Visitor Sep-October 2011

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Thirty-first Sunday. Year A
(Sunday, November 5, 2017)

(EPISODE: 55 )

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (or/ The Lord be with You)
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you call your people to turn away from sin: Lord, have mercy//You teach us wisdom, and write your truth in our inmost heart: Christ, have mercy//You forgive sins through the ministry of reconciliation: Lord, have mercy//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
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Let us pray
(for the grace to praise God in everything we do….)


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Memorial Acclamation

Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

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SUNDAYS I

Eucharistic Prayer II

Communion side.  pwk:  
LH
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Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Catholic Reflections 633 : Homily ALL souls DAY. 2nd NOVEMBER.

Homily  ALL souls DAY.  2nd NOVEMBER.

        First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9
        Psalm: Ps 26
        Second Reading: Romans 5:5-11
        Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30
       
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[Gospel values included in the readings: We can pray for our departed loved ones friends and all who gone before us, just as we can pray to God for a friend who is still alive, for all are alive in Christ. Our hope and trust in God’s love and mercy means that we know that God fulfils all his promises to us]

2nd November,  All Souls Day
 
In every gathering for Eucharist, we believe that we become deeply united / joined (irrespective of time or location)…. to the ONE heavenly banquet feast of Heaven…. the supper of the Lamb of God…… whose once and for all sacrifice on the cross (re-presented in every Eucharist) washes us clean of our sins… renews us…… and re-unites us as “children of the One God”…… 
 
Today, and every day, we remember that we are unimaginably close to our dearly departed, whenever we celebrate Eucharist….. because we remain IN COMMUNION with all people… all the faithful…. all those living…. and also those gone before us ….. This is an enormously powerful and reassuring reality…… are loved ones are always with us… and never more than when we celebrate our unity, our communion in Christ and with each other…. a communion not broken with death……. we are assured of that… always…
 
we believe that the prayers we make for our loved ones and friends are heard…. and effective….. in this life…… and we also believe that the bond of love between us and God… and us and our loved ones….. endures eternally….and finds its final home on God’s heavenly kingdom.
 
we also believe that we can continue and should continue to pray for those who have completed this earthly life….. we can continue to pray for our departed loved ones, friends and colleagues…. and that these prayers are also heard and effective….. just as they would be if we were praying for a loved one who is still here amongst us….. 
 
Today’s feast day.. is ultimately about the resurrection… and God’s promises to us…… Today is about Hope and trust…..
 
We hope with firm confidence in Christ’s promise of faithfulness to us…. and we trust that Christ’s resurrection most definitively had the “final word” on all things… including our ultimate destiny……
 
We believe that because of Christ’s life, death and resurrection…. he has firmly tipped the scales in favour of our salvation…… the salvation of all…… we are right to trust in this promise……
 
Today, we also stop to think and pray for those people who lived ‘forgotten lives”,,,, (although no one is ever forgotten by God… all are loved and remembered in Good’s eyes….)…. but there have been some… many… whose lives were overshadowed by so many factors…. so many tragedies… mistakes… or hurts…. that they may have been considered ‘lost’ to the world or society… or to their friends…. we keep in our prayers people who may have no one to pray for them….. who lived difficult, broken, tragic, , flawed, lives…. and whose death’s challenge and test our hope…… we believe that our prayers, our Christian hope, our faith in Christ, the Good shepherd…who is never satisfied with just the 99 found sheep…… we pray for those people … that through God’s infinite… and unimaginable love and mercy….. by Christ’s all persuasive love and compassion….. they may be brought rejoicing and at peace into the love, the light, the peace and the rest of God’s heavenly kingdom….we are right to commend all those who have gone before us…to our God who understands, loves and knows us, better than we can even know ourselves……
 
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord…. may perpetual light shine upon them… may they rest in peace..
 
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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References:
Fr Paul W. Kelly


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All souls DAY -  2nd NOVEMBER.
(EPISODE:57)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault,* through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen.
Lord have Mercy
Christ Have Mercy
Lord Have Mercy
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Memorial Acclamation


We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.
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preface of the dead I  PREFACE

Euch prayer two

Communion side.  pwk: 
LH
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Go in peace.(glorifying the Lord by your life)



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