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One Minute Reflection – 24 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:16–18

One Minute Reflection – 24 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:16–18 – Monday of the Twenty fifth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“No one after lighting a lamp, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.”…Luke 8:16

REFLECTION – “Christ,” wrote a Father of the Church, (Saint John Chrysostom), “has left us in this world to be like lamps…, to act like leaven…, to become seed, to bear fruit.”   If our lives were to have this kind of impact, we would not need to open our mouths.  Words would be unnecessary if we could show our works.   There wouldn’t be a single pagan left if we were truly christians.
We should avoid making the mistake of thinking that the apostolate consists, in the witness of a few pious practices.   We are christians, you and I but at the same time and without resolution of continuity, we are citizens and fellow-workers at very clear obligations, which we are to carry out in an exemplary fashion if we want to become holy once and for all.   It is Jesus Christ who urges us: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.   Nor do they light a lamp and then set it under a bushel basket;  it is set on a lampstand , where it gives light to all in the house.   Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Mt 5:14-16)….Saint Josémaria Escriva de Balaguer (1902-1975) Homily in Amigos de Diosno one after lighting a lamp luke 8 16 - christ wrote st john chrysostom - st josemaria - 24 sept 2018

“All of us who have received Baptism, pray that the Holy Spirit help us not to fall into these bad habits that cover the light and that He help us to carry forward, the light we received freely, that light of God that does so much good – the light of friendship, the light of meekness, the light of faith, the light of hope, the light of patience, the light of goodness.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 19 September 2016all of us who have received baptism - pope francis 24 sept 2018

PRAYER – Lord, be the beginning and the end of all that we do, all that we say, in every moment be our Light.   Prompt our actions with Your grace and complete them with Your all-powerful love.   May we always seek Your Face in every circumstance, in every moment, so that Your Light may become our life.   Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek, you lived your life in the Presence of the Holy Face of Christ our Lord, please intercede for us and for all the world.   We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.bl-anton-martin-pray-for-us

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One Minute Reflection – 22 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:4–15

One Minute Reflection – 22 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:4–15 – Saturday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B

“And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart and bring forth fruit with patience.”…Luke 8:15and as for that in the good soil - luke 8 15 - 22 sept 2018

REFLECTION – “If you ask me what Jesus Christ means by this sower who goes out early to cast his seed over his field then, my brethren, that sower is the good God Himself, who began the work of our salvation from the beginning of the world by sending us His prophets before the coming of Christ, to teach us what was needed, if we would be saved. Not content with sending His servants, He came Himself, He marked out the way we should take, He came to make known His holy Word.
Do you know what a person is like who is not fed by this holy Word?… Such a person is like a patient without a doctor, a traveller who is lost and without a guide, a poverty stricken person without means of help.   Brethren, it is absolutely impossible to love and please God, unless we are fed by this divine Word.   What can draw us to follow Him unless by knowing Him?   And who enables us to know Him, with all His perfections, beauty and love for us, if not the Word of God, who teaches us about everything He has done for us and the good things He has in store for us in the next life?”…St John Marie Vianney (1786-1859)do you know what a person is like - st john vianney - 22 sept 2018

“This parable reminds us that we are the soil where the Lord tirelessly sows the seed of His Word and of His love.   How do we receive it?   And it will do us good not to forget that we too are sowers.   God sows good seed and here too we can also ask ourselves: which type of seed comes out of our heart and our mouth?   Remember, what counts, is … what comes out of the mouth and of the heart.”…Pope Francis – Angelus, 13 July 2014god sows goiod seed - pope francis - 22 sept 2018

PRAYER – All-powerful, eternal God, splendour of true light and neverending day, turn our ears and hearts to Your Word, that we may hear and live by the seed You have sown. May all that grows in us be of Your good seed and yield fruit a hundredfold.   Grant Lord, we pray, that by the prayers St Maurice and the Martyrs of Theban and St Thomas of Villanova, we may be filled with courage and love and spread Your Word by our lives. We make our prayer through Jesus, our Lord and Word, with the Holy Spirit, one God with You, forever, amen.st maurice and theban martyrs - pray for us - 22 sept 2018st-thomas-of-villanova-pray-for-us 22 Sept 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

Quote/s of the Day – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

“But as you have seen the power of Him that called, so consider also the obedience of him that was called – how he neither resisted, nor disputing said, ‘What is this?   Is it not indeed a deceitful calling, wherewith He calls me, being such as I am?’ nay,  for this humility again had been out of season but he obeyed straightaway and did not even request to go home and to communicate with his relations concerning this matter -as neither indeed, did the fishermen but as they left their net and their ship and their father, so did he his receipt of custom and his gain and followed, exhibiting a mind prepared for all things and breaking himself at once away, from all worldly things, by his complete obedience, he bore witness, that He who called him, had chosen a good time.

…Because He who is acquainted with the hearts and knows the secrets of each man’s mind, knew also when each of these would obey.”
(Homily 30 on Matthew)

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father and Doctor of the Churchhe who is acquainted with the hearts - st john chrysostom - 21 sept 2018 st matthew

“On hearing Christ’s voice, we open the door to receive Him,
as it were, when we freely assent to His promptings
and when we give ourselves over to doing what must be done.
Christ, since He dwells in the hearts of His chosen ones
through the grace of His love, enters so that He might eat with us
and we with Him.   He ever refreshes us by the light of His presence
insofar as we progress in our devotion to and longing for the things of heaven.
He Himself is delighted by such a pleasing banquet.”

St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Doctor of the Churchon-hearing-christs-voice-st-bede-the-venerable-21-sept-2017

“That gaze overtook him completely, it changed his life.
We say he was converted.   He changed his life.
As soon as he felt that gaze in his heart, he got up and followed Him.
This is true – Jesus’ gaze always lifts us up.
It is a look that always lifts us up and never leaves you in your place,
never lets us down, never humiliates.   It invites you to get up –
a look that brings you to grow, to move forward, that encourages you,
because the One who looks upon you loves you.
The gaze makes you feel that He loves you.
This gives the courage to follow Him – ‘and he got up and followed Him.’”

Pope Francis 21 September 2013that gaze overtook him completely - pope francis - 21 sept 2018 feast of st matthew

“He looked on sinners,
called them
and brought them
to sit beside Him.”

Pope Francis
(2015)he looked on sinners - pope franics feast of st matthew 21 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

One Minute Reflection – 21 September – The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist- Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:9–13

“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” …Matthew 9:11b

REFLECTION – “Our Lord chose Matthew, the tax collector, to encourage his fellows to join Him.   He looked on sinners, called them and brought them to sit beside Him.   What a wonderful sight!   Angels stand trembling while publicans, seated, rejoice.   The angels are struck with awe before the Lord’s greatness while sinners eat and drink with Him. The scribes choke with hatred and indignation, the publicans rejoice because of His mercy.   The heavens saw the sight and were filled with wonder;  hell saw it and was maddened.   Satan saw it and was enraged;  death saw it and withered;  the scribes saw it and were much troubled.
There was joy in heaven and happiness among the angels because the rebellious had been persuaded, the recalcitrant quieted and sinners reformed and because publicans had been made righteous.   Just as our Lord did not turn away from the shamefulness of the cross in spite of the entreaties of His friends (Mt 16:22) so he did not refuse the company of publicans in spite of the taunts of His enemies.   He despised mockery and scorned praise, thus accomplishing all that is for mankind’s good.”…St Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Church – Commentary on the Gospel, or Diatessaron, 5, 17 (SC 121, p.115 rev.)why does your teacher - matthew 9 11b - he looked on sinners - st ephrem - 21 sept 2018

“He looked at Matthew calmly, peacefully. He looked at him with eyes of mercy; he looked at him as no one had ever looked at him before. And this look unlocked Matthew’s heart; it set him free, it healed him, it gave him hope, a new life, as it did to Zacchaeus, to Bartimaeus, to Mary Magdalene, to Peter, and to each of us. Even if we do not dare raise our eyes to the Lord, he looks at us first. This is our story, and it is like that of so many others. Each of us can say: “I, too, am a sinner, whom Jesus has looked upon”. I ask you, in your homes or in the Church, to be still for a moment and to recall with gratitude and happiness those situations, that moment, when the merciful gaze of God was felt in our lives.”…Pope Francis – 21 September 2015, The Feast of St Matthewjesus looked at him - pope francis - 21 sept 2018 - st matthew

PRAYER – Lord, You showed Your great mercy to Matthew the tax-gatherer,by calling him to become Your Apostle,supported by his prayer and example, may we always answer Your call and live in close union with You.   We make our prayer, in union with God our Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. St Matthew, Apostle of Christ, pray for us, amen.st-matthew-pray-for-us-21-sept-2017

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One Minute Reflection – 20 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:36–50

One Minute Reflection – 20 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:36–50 – Thursday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of the Korean Martyrs – Sts Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions – 103 saints and beati & St Eustachius & family (died 2nd century) – Martyrs

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much”….Luke 7:47

REFLECTION – “Today, in particular, Jesus brings us to inner conversion:  He explains why He forgives us and teaches us to make forgiveness received from and given to, our brothers and sisters – the “daily bread” of our existence.
…Dear friends, from the Word of God we have just heard emerge practical instructions for our life.   Jesus does not enter into a theoretical discussion with His interlocutors on this section of Mosaic Law;  He is not concerned with winning an academic dispute about an interpretation of Mosaic Law but His goal is to save a soul and reveal that salvation is only found in God’s love.   This is why He came down to the earth, this is why He was to die on the Cross and why the Father was to raise Him on the third day.
Jesus came to tell us, that He wants us all in Paradise and that hell, about which little is said in our time, exists and is eternal for those who close their hearts to His love. …it is stressed that there is no forgiveness without the desire for forgiveness, without opening the heart to forgiveness – here it is highlighted, that only divine forgiveness and divine love, received with an open and sincere heart, give us the strength to resist evil and “to sin no more”, to let ourselves be struck by God’s love so that it becomes our strength.   Jesus’ attitude, thus becomes a model to follow, for every community, which is called to make love and forgiveness the vibrant heart of its life.”…Pope Benedict XVI – Sunday, 25 March 2007her sins which are many - luke 7 47 and there is no forgiveness without - pope benedict - 20 sept 2018

” Salvation enters the heart, only when we open the heart, in the truth of our sins.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 18 Sept 2014 (“Pope Francis” painting by Natalia Tsarkova)salvation enters the heart only when we - pope francis 20 sept 2018

PRAYER – Grant us Lord, a true knowledge of salvation, so that, freed from fear and from the power of our foes, we may serve You faithfully, all the days of our life.   Give us Holy Father, a true desire for repentance and forgiveness and teach us each day, to forgive all with love.   Holy Martyrs, St Eustachius and family and those who so filled with love, died for the faith in Korea, please pray for us that we too may be filled with holy love and courage.   We make our prayer through our Lord, Jesus Christ in union with the Holy Spirit, one God, forever, amen.st eustachius and family martyrs - pray for us - 20 sept 2018holy-martyrs-of-korea-pray-for-us-20-sept-2017

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One Minute Reflection – 19 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:31–35

One Minute Reflection – 19 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:31–35 – Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Alonso de Orozco (1500 – 1591)

“To what then shall I compare the men of this generation and what are they like? “…Luke 7:31

REFLECTION – “It is actually the ruling class that closes the doors to the way that God wants to save us.   In this sense the powerful dialogues between Jesus and the ruling class of His time are understandable:  they argue, they put Him to the test, they lay traps to see if he falls, because they have resistance to being saved.   Jesus says to them: “I don’t understand you!   You are like those children:  we played the flute for you and you didn’t dance;  we sang a sad song for you and you didn’t weep.   What do you want?”.

We want our own way, we want salvation to be done our way.   It comes back to this “closure” to God’s modus operandi.” …Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 3 October 2014luke 7 31 - to what shall I compare - pope francis - we want our way! - 19 sept 2018

PRAYER – Remember Lord, Your solemn covenant, renewed and consecrated by the blood of the Lamb, so that Your people may obtain forgiveness for their sins and a continued growth in grace.   Turn our hearts from stone to flesh, grant that we may want only Your will.   St Alonso de Orozco, You constantly sought the will of God, please pray for us.   We make our prayer through Christ, the Lamb of God, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st alonso de orozco pray for us - 19 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17

One Minute Reflection – 18 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11–17, Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Juan Macias O.P. (1585-1645) and St Joseph of Cupertino O.F.M. Conv. (1603-1663)

And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”...Luke 7:14byoung man i say to arise - luke 7 14b - 18 sept 2018

REFLECTION – “Even if the signs of death have removed all hope of life, even if the bodies of the dead lie beside the tomb, yet, at the voice of God, the corpses of those ready to decompose will rise and recover speech.   The son is restored to his mother, he is called back from the tomb, snatched out of it.   And what is this tomb?   Your own.   Your bad habits, your lack of faith.  This is the tomb from which Christ delivers you, this is the tomb from which you will return to life if you listen to the Word of God.  Even if your sin is so grave that you are unable to wash it clean for yourself with your tears of repentance, the Church, your mother, she who intercedes for each one of her children like a widowed mother for her only son, will weep for you.   For she feels for it with a kind of spiritual suffering natural to her when she sees her offspring dragged down to death by lamentable vices…
Let her weep, then, this pious mother; let the crowd accompany her – and not just a crowd but a large crowd – and may it show compassion towards this tender mother. Then you will come to life again in your tomb and will be delivered, the bearers will stop and you will start to speak the words of the living; everyone will be astonished.   The example of one will correct the many and they will praise God for having granted such remedies to us for escaping death.”…St Ambrose (c 340-397) Father & Doctor (A treatise on the Gospel of Saint Luke)young man i say to you arise luke 7 14b - the son is restored to his mother - st ambrose 18 sept 2018

God wants us to stand upright.   He created us to be on our fee,: for this reason, Jesus’ compassion leads to that gesture of healing, to heal us, of which the key phrase is:  “Arise! Stand up, as God created you!”.   Standing up.   “But Father, we fall so often” — “Onward, arise!”.   This is Jesus’ word, always.   His word revives us, gives us hope, refreshes weary hearts, opens us to a vision of the world and of life which transcends suffering and death…Pope Francis – General audience, 10 August 2016young man i say to arise - luke 7 14b - pope francis - god wants us to stand upright - 18 sept 2018

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to be holy in the way that You have laid out for me. Let me stand upright and carry out my duties of my state of life to the full.   Only in You may I attain holiness, learning to give myself, my will, my heart and my to You.   St Joseph of Cupertino, you who were so disadvantaged, achieved by the grace of God, sanctity in this life and now behold His Face through all eternity.   St Juan, in your lowly work, you stood in the Light of Christ, allowing the lowly and rich, to see Him who saved us.   We ask You Holy Father, that You grant, by the intercession pf St Joseph and Juan, that we may reach our heavenly home.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-joseph-of-cupertino-pray-for-us-18 sept 2017

st juan macias pray for us 18 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 17 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:1-10

One Minute Reflection – 17 September – Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:1-10 – Monday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St Robert Bellarmine SJ (1542-1621) and St Hildegard von Bingen OSB (1098-1179) both Doctors of the Church

“Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed.”…Luke7:6b-7

REFLECTION – “This man was a pagan, for the Jewish people were occupied by the Imperial Roman army at that time.   So it was as a centurion in Judaea that he was commanding his soldiers…
But our Lord, although he was in the midst of the people of Judaea, was already talking about the Church being spread all over the earth wherever His apostles were to be sent (Mt 8:11).   Indeed, the gentiles believed in Him without having see Him… Our Lord did not physically enter the centurion’s house and, even though absent in body, He was present in majesty and healed both that house and its faith.   Similarly, our Lord stood physically only amongst the people of Judaea -other peoples did not see His being born of a virgin, or suffering, or walking, or subject to the condition of human nature, or carrying out divine miracles.   None of these things were done amongst the gentiles and yet it was amongst them that what was said about Him was fulfilled:  “A people I did not know have served me.”   In what way did they serve Him?   The Psalm continues:  “As soon as they heard me, they obeyed me” (Ps 18[17]:44-45).”…St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor of the Churchlord i am not worth - luke 7 6b-7 and indeed the gentiles believed - st augustine - 17 sept 2018

“When we go out to meet the Lord, we in some sense are masters of the moment. However, when we allow ourselves to be encountered by Him, He enters into us and renews us from within.   This is what it means for Christ to come, to renew all things, to renew hearts, souls, lives, hope and the journey.   We are on a journey of faith, like the faith of this centurion, to encounter the Lord and to allow ourselves to be encountered by Him.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 2 December 2013lord i am not worth - luke 7 6b-7 and this is what it means pope francis - 17 sept 2018

PRAYER – Lord God and holy Father, guard our faith we pray and grace us with Your mercy.   Keep us every faithful to Your precepts and bring us to Your home, to look upon Your Face.   May the prayers of Your saints assist us on our journey.   In your untiring life of trust in God, St Hildegard von Bingen, you sought to make Him the goal of all and the love of all, please pray that we may imitate your zeal and love.   St Robert Bellarmine, as you worked tirelessly for the salvation of souls, so now pray for us all, as tirelessly, that we may achieve eternal joy.   We ask all this through Christ, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st hildegard von bingen pray for us 17 sept 2018st-robert-bellarmine-pray-for-us-17-sept-2017-no-2

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Thought for the Day – 16 September –  Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:27–35

Thought for the Day – 16 September –  Today’s Gospel: Mark 8:27–35 – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

“But who do you say that I am?”

Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”...Mark 8:29

These same questions are proposed to each of us today:  “Who is Jesus for the people of our time?” and more importantly:  “Who is Jesus for each of us?”, for me, for you,…? Who is Jesus for each one of us?

We are called to make Peter’s answer our own response, joyfully professing that Jesus is the Son of God, the Eternal Word of the Father, who became man to redeem mankind, pouring out the abundance of divine mercy upon it.

The world needs Christ more than ever:  His salvation, His merciful love.

Pope Francis – Angelus, 19 June 2016but who do YOU say that I am mark 8 29a 16 sept 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

One Minute Reflection – 15 September – The Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Near the cross of Jesus, there stood his mother…..John 19:25john-19-25-near the cross stood his mother - 15 sept 2017 our lady of sorrows

REFLECTION – “Mary “stood by”;  she was simply there  . Here again the young woman of Nazareth, hair now grayed with the passage of time, still struggling with a God who must only be embraced and with a life that has come to the threshold of the darkest night.   Mary “stood by” in the thickest darkness but she “stood by”.   She did not go away. Mary is there, faithfully present, each time a candle must be held aflame in a place of fog and haze.   She does not even know the future resurrection her Son was opening at that instant for us, for all of mankind – she stands there out of faithfulness to the plan of God whose handmaid she proclaimed herself to be on the first day of her vocation but also due to her instinct as mother who simply suffers, each time there is a child who undergoes suffering.   The suffering of mothers – we have all known strong women who have faced their children’s suffering!”…Pope Francis – General audience, 10 May 2017mary stood by - pope francis - 15 sept 2018

PRAYER – Our Father, when Jesus Your Son, was raised up on the Cross, it was Your will that Mary, His Mother, should stand there and suffer with Him in her heart.   Grant that in union with her, the Church may share in the passion of Christ and so be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.   Be our intercessor and our consolation, Our Lady of Sorrows!  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.our-lady-of-sorrows-pray-for-us.15 sept 2017