I will give you whatever is right…

Sunday readings

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Reflection

In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us through a parable. He is the householder who goes out to find workers for his vineyard. Let us remember two things… 1) that the workers wanted to work, they were waiting to be offered work and 2) the householder freely offers them this work i.e. he is not at all obliged to hire them for the day. And so he offers them what they wanted, a days work… and he justly rewards them for their days work. We must remember that if Christ has let us work in his vineyard it is because He has first granted our desire to do so. Sometimes we feel that what he asks of us is hard and that others have it easier, but that is because we forget that Christ first offered us this gift that we desired. We must always remember that he first gave us something that we did not at all deserve… He freely gave to us this gift. And what is the work of God. St John tells us in 6:29. The work of God is this: that you may believe in the one whom He has sent. But Christ is merciful also to those who miss out receiving Him early. He returns at the third, sixth, ninth and eleventh hour to hire those who have been left all day not knowing if they would receive any work. He is merciful to those who have probably suffered anxiously waiting for work. And because he knows what we need he gives us what is right. But he calls us to remember that He is first of all merciful to us who receive Him early (maybe those who receive Him in the youth of their lives and are asked to work for a long time), but that we should not compare what we receive with others.

Mary help us to receive your Son

Some Different Books

Bible_and_Key_DivinationThe Bible’s a pretty sweet book (or collection of books, if you want to pedantic).

It’s the ‘document of our faith’, part of the deposit of faith, divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2Tim 3:16) It’s filled with poetry, songs, romance, war, miracles, despair – in other words, human life. Human life with the light of God shone upon it, revealing its inner meaning, struggle and goal.

And I hope we’d all agree that it’s important to read and pray with the Bible. But how much have you read? Or, more importantly, how much have you taken in? Most people can refer to Genesis, Exodus, some of the Psalms, the story of Jonah or David or Moses, the Gospels, the general outline of the Acts of the Apostles, some ideas of Paul’s from his letters, and maybe we know a few of the memorable images from John’s Revelation. Some people go deeper and refer to Ruth, Song of Songs (a favourite of many romantics!), Isaiah, or some of the other major prophets.

What about some of the other books, though? When did you last hear someone refer to the book of Haggai, Chronicles, Ezra, Judith, Lamentations or Maccabees? Have you ever heard a homily or talk on some of the sayings from Wisdom or Sirach? I know that I haven’t. I could (maybe) mention what some of those lesser-known books are about, but could I discuss them? Reflect on them? Draw links to them from other Scriptures? I couldn’t, I can’t.

But I want to.

I want Scripture – ALL of Scripture, all of God’s Word – to be rolling through my mind. I want to know and love ALL of what the ‘Lover of my Soul’ has said to me and for me. I want to ponder all these things in my heart. (Luke 2:19, 51)
So I have a challenge for you (and myself) today: start reading a book of the Bible you’ve never read before, or one you don’t know well. See what further riches the Lord has waiting for you in His Word!

God bless,
lukechapter12

Trust and Love

The Lord says Trust me, one asks, why?

The Lord says, I love you, and one asks, why? 

Tell me what you want, Lord, and that is what I’ll do. In the back of my mind I know that everything will work out, but often I find my mind begins to go further, to wonder when, or if, God is going to pull through. I begin to look for signs, and praising God when I get some sort of revelation, “There’s my answer!” yet still a doubt plays in the back of my mind. Then I am given Rosary beads and told to cling to Mary. Suddenly I understood what God was playing at. Cling to me. Be patient. All in My time. Just trust, love and pray.

The struggle is common to all Christians,  during a time of discernment. The small choices we make, to the bigger ones, we should rely on God to reveals to us His plans. I like definitive answers, I like to be in control of where I’m going. But it isn’t up to me, we don’t often know where we are going. However, if we know and love the One who is leading us, we will have all that we could ever need.

In learning to trust God, I think of when Elijah goes to the mountain to encounter the Lord. He watches disasters pass by, but amid these events, God is nowhere to be found. But finally a wind blows through and God reveals Himself.

Discernment shouldn’t involve testing God, begging for miracle answers. He might work like that sometimes, but chances are He often won’t. He wants to see us grow through the journey of discernment, even if we have no idea where we’re heading. Whatever we face, God reminds us not to grow anxious, but to cast all our worries upon His merciful heart. If the answer isn’t so easy, it’s a chance to deepen our faith, not a reason to doubt that He’s guiding our steps. He will never fail us, just trust the hand that leads us.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart 
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

“If I did not simply live from one moment to another, it would be impossible for me to be patient, but I only look at the present, I forget the past, and I take good care not to forestall the future.” – St. Therese of Lisieux.

Trust and love,
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Yours truely

Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone,
To have a deep soul relationship with another,
To be loved thoroughly and exclusively.

But to a Christian, God says, “No, not until you are satisfied,
Fulfilled and content with being loved by Me alone,
With giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me.
With having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone.

Discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found,
Will you be capable of the perfect human relationship,
That I have planned for you.
You will never be united to another
Until you are united with Me.
Exclusive of anyone or anything else.
Exclusive of any other desires or longings.
I want you to stop planning, to stop wishing, and allow Me to give you
The most thrilling plan existing . . . one you cannot imagine.
I want you to have the best. Please allow Me to bring it to you.

You just keep watching Me, expecting the greatest things.
Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am.
Keep listening and learning the things that I tell you.
Just wait, that’s all. Don’t be anxious, don’t worry
Don’t look around at things others have gotten
Or that I have given them
Don’t look around at the things you think you want,
Just keep looking off and away up to Me,
Or you’ll miss what I want to show you.
And then, when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love
Far more wonderful than you could dream of.

You see, until you are ready, and until the one I have for you is ready,
I am working even at this moment
To have both of you ready at the same time.
Until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me
And the life I prepared for you,
You won’t be able to experience the love that exemplified your relationship with Me.
And this is perfect love.

And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love,
I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me.
And to enjoy materially and concretely the everlasting union of beauty, perfection and love that I offer you with Myself.
Know that I love you utterly. I AM God.
Believe it and be satisfied”

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It’s always a good time to remember this!

Jesus (the eternal second person of the Trinity) took flesh through Mary, so that he could show us the Father and suffer, die, and rise again, to atone for our sins. He brings us into the life of the Trinity.

If we choose, we can be forgiven and we can truly live in unity with God – both now and more fully in the life to come.

Live this Good News! Make the point of every moment of your life to be in unity with God. Through Christ and with the Holy Spirit :)

 

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Poverty

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There is nothing more beautiful than the poverty of a new born baby. The infant’s livelihood relies solely on the love of her mother and father.

During the Wedding at Cana, Mary said to the servants, “do whatever He tells you” [Jn 2:5]. Mary shares with the servants the same poverty she experiences as the first and most perfect “handmaid of the Lord” [Lk 1:38].

Just as a baby is poor, relying on the love of father and mother to live, Mary, as Mother, invites us all to do whatever her Son asks of us. For Jesus is the way and the life [Jn 14:6], and is my life when I become poor and rely solely on Him, leading me to God the Father.

Five Movies to Watch (with your non-Christian friends)

It’s 7pm Friday night, you don’t feel like going out, but you still want to catch up with mates. The natural thing to do is watch a movie. But have you ever had that difficulty of trying to choose a movie to watch with your non-Christian friends? There are a lot of well-made films out there, but finding one that’s appropriate can be really hard – especially when your friends don’t mind too much about the message or content.

To help you, I’ve taken upon myself the painful and arduous task of ‘watching heaps of movies’. I didn’t just instantly throw out anything that had swear words or a mention of sex; films about these things aren’t necessarily ‘bad’, we just need to be cautious around certain material. In my list below I’ve noted the rating so that you can judge for yourself if it’s worth going for. And I now present to you:

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onceOnceRomCom, Musical – Rated M, ‘Contains offensive language’
Once is an utter surprise of a film, coming out of nowhere to knock the breath out of you, and it’s hard to actually define – it’s not really a musical, but I can’t think how else to express it. It’s a story of two strangers – both musicians – who spend an intense few days together, forever changing both their lives. Funny, touching, simple, and filled with music that will stay with you for weeks, Once is unmissable.

milliondollarbabyMillion Dollar BabyDrama, Boxing – Rated PG-13, ‘Violence, Coarse Language’
Though not a film you’d choose if you wanted a laugh, Million Dollar Baby is a brilliant  movie, which won four Academy Awards. It does actually have moments of humour, but mostly is an unflinching look at dedication, focus, pain and struggle. Directed and starring Clint Eastwood, it’s a modern classic. [Spoiler Warning!] It also deals with the idea of euthanasia, which may sound like a difficult topic to watch with non-Christian friends, but I found it led to great discussion on what euthanasia is and whether it’s acceptable.

intouchablesThe IntouchablesDrama, Comedy – Rated R, ‘Coarse Language, Drug Use’
A lot of people struggle with French films (aahhh subtitles!), but this one is definitely worth it. The Intouchables tells the story of a wealthy, wheelchair-bound aristocrat who hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. It manages to handle a very touchy subject with a great amount of heart and humour.

bourne_ultimatum_ver5The Bourne UltimatumAction, Thriller – Rated PG-13, ‘Violence, Intense Action’
Honestly, if you haven’t watched the Bourne trilogy… you need to. And if you have, you need to watch it again. This third installment is undoubtedly the best, with tension that has you slipping off your seat, action that leaves your mouth open, and just… so much more. Admittedly, the story’s quite convoluted (especially if you haven’t watched the previous two films), but you can just ignore the story and enjoy the fun.

Into-the-wildInto the WildDrama, Adventure – Rated R, ‘Coarse Language, Mild Nudity’
A film about a guy who gives up society, escaping to a life of constant hitchhiking and exploration, perhaps doesn’t sound interesting. But darn it, it is! Into the Wild is part coming-of-age-where-do-I-fit-in story, part journey epic. Along the way you meet some truly wild characters, and by the end of the film you’re wondering: “Where do I fit in?”

So there’s a handful of films to get you going! Happy watching.

 

God bless,
lukechapter12