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Holy Trinity Parish is a member of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America. It is an independent Catholic church with traditional Vatican II worship and progressive beliefs.

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

The Canaanite woman wins healing for her daughter by showing Jesus her faith in Him. She even humbles herself when He said that the gifts of the Messiah, the food of the Jewish people, should not be shared with the dogs, the Gentiles. She responds that even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table. It is clear from the Gospel that the faith of the gentiles, their openness to the wonders of God, has earned them a place at His table, the Banquet of Life.

The healing of the Canaanite remind us that in God’s Plan of Salvation for all, we are being called to humbly approach our God, asking for His Mercy, and continuing to plead for the healing of our own brokenness, and that of our world. God ignores no plea for help and does not abandon anyone in pain. Let us go and do likewise.

And so, during these trying times of natural disasters, pandemic and political unrest, when so many are suffering from fear, anxiety, sickness, abandonment, loss of a loved one, let us come before our God of Infinite Mercy and plead for the grace to be Healers of those who are in need, wherever we may encounter them.

Let our faith be as strong as that of the Canaanite woman – persistent and with confidence in the all-embracing Mercy of our Loving and Compassionate God.

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

When we talk of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, sometimes we confuse it with the Ascension of the Lord Jesus. The difference between the two is such that while the Lord ascended into Heaven by His own power, will and might, Mary is assumed into Heaven, by the will and power of God, and not by her own power, will or might. She received this great grace by virtue of her motherhood of the Lord, her being the Mother of God Most High, the Son of God and Saviour of all.

Christians have always believed that Mary, the Mother of God, did not suffer death unlike all of us, as after all, how can the Mother of the One Who conquered death and triumphed over it by His resurrection be herself subjected to the same death? This is also linked to the strong belief in Mary’s Immaculate and sinless state, as from the earliest days of the Church, it has also been a belief of the Church that Mary was conceived without sin, the Immaculate Conception, and remained free from sin afterwards.

The Assumption is a logical outcome of the belief in the Immaculate Conception, again because death is the consequence for sin, and although every one of us has to suffer death because we have sinned, but Mary, having been conceived without sin, was never tainted by sin at all, and therefore, logically death did not just have any power over her, but she should not suffer death because she never sinned in the first place.

As we mark this great and wonderful celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, let us all look deep into ourselves, into our every actions and how we have lived our faith life all these while. Let us all look forward with hope to our own future entry into the eternal life of glory with God, by taking the concrete steps to live righteously with faith in God just as Mary had done in her own life.

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

The teaching of Jesus on marriage in today’s gospel reading can seem very challenging and uncompromising today, especially in the context of the high proportion of marriages that do not last. His vision of marriage can seem far removed from the reality of married life for many couples. Yet, perhaps it is precisely because so many marriages do not last today that the teaching of Jesus on marriage is all the more important.

Jesus calls for a love between spouses that is faithful and enduring, a love that lasts in good times as well as bad, a love that is generous and ready to forgive. His vision of how the couple are to relate to each other in marriage is shaped by his insight into how God relates to all of us. God loves us with a faithful and enduring love. God’s love for us never changes; it lasts through good times and bad times in our lives; it is a love that is generous and ready to forgive.

We must love as God loves with a faithfulb and enduring love, whether we are married or single. We are to love one another in a way that reflects how God loves us. Maximilian Kolbe whose feast we celebrate today is a wonderful example of God’s love in human form. As a celibate man, he laid down his life in love for a married man, a father of a family. As Jesus says, ‘no one has greater love than this’.

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

Learning to forgive those who have hurt us is probably one of the greatest challenges in life. Peter’s question to Jesus as the beginning of the gospel comes of out that sense of how difficult it is to forgive someone, ‘How often must I forgive my brother?’ The implication of his question is that there has to be a limit to forgiveness.

Peter decides seven times would be often enough. In the biblical culture of the time, seven was considered to be the complete number. To forgive seven times is complete forgiveness. Yet, Jesus says not seven times, but seventy seven times. There is to be no limit to our willingness to forgive.

Jesus underpins this very challenging call with the parable that he tells. In that parable the servant owes his master ten thousand talents. This was a massive sum of money, equivalent to billions of dollars today. It simply could never be paid back. In the parable the master felt so sorry for his servant that he simply cancelled the debt completely.

Here is an image of the gracious and generous way that God deals with us. Jesus reveals a God whose mercy triumphs over justice. The remainder of the parable in today’s gospel tells us that we must allow the mercy that God freely pours into our lives to flow through us to touch others. This is what the servant who was forgiven failed to do. One of the sayings of Jesus expresses the message of today’s parable very succinctly, ‘Be merciful as your Father is merciful.’

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

Today’s gospel Jesus reminds that disciples of Jesus, We are both individuals with a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and also a members of a community of believers. We must take responsibility for my own missteps (sins), also we can seek the help of others. We need to have a proper balance between personal responsibility and community involvement.

There are times on the journey of faith when We myst go itbalone and move forward At other times, We will be traveling as part of caravan, who may have to help us travel the next step, just as We must be willing to help others on their journey. We need to be able to rely on the discernment of other faith-filled companions to help me see the right path to take.

This harmony between personal action and communal help is not always easy to do. As part of a member of faith community which spans time and place, we can look to others who have walked the balance beam before us.

Today let’s take the opportunity to reflect on our personal responsibility and relationship with the Lord Jesus and also our part in being members of a community of believers. In the way we live our lives, may we join the psalm when it says, “From the rising to the setting of the sun is the name of the LORD to be praised.

Take a moment to reflect How have I taken personal responsibility for my own sinful failings? What have I done to consciously seek to move in the right direction with God’s help? Through my sins, how have I failed the faith community as we travel along together as pilgrim people? What can I do to edify the faithful in giving praise to GOD from the rising to the setting of

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

Jesus tells us that if we want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we must turn and become like little children. So let’s ask ourselves, Who are little children?
Little children are those innocent people who are ready to be taught. They will sit patiently and listen to what you have to say. Jesus wants us to behave likewise towards Him and His teachings. Little children do not have preconceived opinions about something. They have no prejudice or bias towards a subject. Jesus tells us to accept Him, His teachings and His Kingdom as He teaches.

When you compare us grown-ups and little children, you will notice that grown-ups’ hearts, minds, bodies and souls have been tainted by this evil world. Grown-ups tend to think bad things about others as opposed to children who always have good thoughts about others.unless told by us grown-ups. They are very innocent and living this can be seen when they play together regardless of race, tribe, religion, social status etc..

So let’s change our behavior and become childlike so that we can be regarded as the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Let us embrace humility, peace and love for one another and we will become like little children both in heart and soul.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we would like to become childlike so that we can enter Your Kingdom. Purify our hearts, thoughts and actions to become like those of little children and become the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Lawrence St Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of the 3rd century church in Rome and was martyred under the Emperor Valerian on the August 10th, 258. The prime reason for the choice of the Gospel text is that Lawrence became like the grain of wheat that was unafraid to fall into the ground and die. In doing so, he became like his Lord and master Jesus.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, only when the grain of wheat dies in the muddy soil of the field does it become a seedling. In the same way, the Church would grow up and flourish in the death of its martyrs. “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” When we die to our personal ambitions and desires, we are born as useful instruments in the hands of God. The second lesson is that only by spending life we can retain it. The world owes a lot to saintly people like St. Don Bosco, St. Vincent De Paul, St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa), St. Jeanne Jugan, and St. Damien, among others, who spent their energy for service of the poor and the downtrodden and gave themselves to God. The third lesson is that greatness comes through selfless and committed service. This explains why the world still honors and cherishes the memory of great souls mentioned above.

Let us surrender our lives to God in the service of others with agápe love in all humility, seeing the face of Jesus in each of them.

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

To the ancient people, the seas represented chaos. Fishermen and sailors, then, as well as now, know all too well the sudden turmoil caused by rough waters. If you ever saw the movie, The Perfect Storm, you would understand why the water is associated with chaos. The sea hits us in the front, the back, the left and the right. There is no escaping it when we are in the middle of it. That is chaos. But God conquered the seas. And Jesus walked on the water. He continues to walk on water. He walks on the chaos of our lives.

Even if we fail, if we blink, and sink like Peter did. Don’t be afraid,” the Lord says. He is there to reach down and lift us out of the water, out of the chaos, just as he lifted Peter out of the water, out of the chaos of his life.

The Lord knows that we are not saints, not yet anyway. He knows that we are weak. He accepted Peter, that loud lout, that well-meaning coward, and turned him into the Rock of the Church. He takes us as we are and walks with us on the water. He only asks us to have the courage to put our faith in Him. He gives us the strength to join Him in conquering the chaos.

Wherever that chaos is, please remember, that there is nothing, no chaos that is too great for Jesus to conquer. And there is nothing too devastating for us to conquer with Him.

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said, “Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.”

That father mentions the apostles have not been able to get rid of that devil. This element introduces Jesus' instruction to the apostles about how little faith they have. To follow him, to become his disciple, to collaborate in his mission demands a profound and well based faith, capable of supporting adversities, setbacks, difficulties and incomprehension.

This man has that profound faith he not only came to Jesus, he also knelt down before Jesus begging for “pity.” Pity is another word for mercy and compassion. He knew there was hope for his son and that the hope resided in the mercy and compassion of Jesus.

This passage reveals to us the simple truth that we must pray for one another. We must pray, especially, for those who are closest to us and in the greatest need. No one is beyond hope. All is possible through prayer and faith.

today, think is there is someone in your life you have started to give up on. Perhaps you’ve tried everything and the person continues to turn away from the path toward God. In that case, you can be certain that your calling is to pray for that person. You are called to pray deep and faith-filled prayer for them. Knowing that Jesus is the answer to all things and can do all things. Surrender that person to the mercy of God today, tomorrow and every day. Do not give up, but retain hope that God can bring healing and transformation of life.

In today’s Gospel, we hear Christ’s words to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Christ has died for us on the Cross, but we must join in His saving work. We must do penance. We must organize the time and energies of our lives so that they draw others closer to God. In our speech, in the patience that we do things and deal with others, through our charitable deeds, we can deny our sinful selves and become more like Christ. And in doing all this, we should never underestimate or believe that we can imagine what graces God will bestow upon us through acting by means of His grace.

What God expects from us are not the mere external observances of religion but generosity and good will which urge us to practice more mercy, more kindness, more willingness to forgive offenses and more readiness to serve others lovingly and sacrificially

Today’s Gospel describes Jesus’ Transfiguration. It invites us to welcome the transformation of our lives caused by the Holy Spirit. The primary purpose of Jesus’ Transfiguration was to consult his Heavenly Father and to ascertain His plan for Our Lord’s suffering, death and Resurrection. The secondary aim was to make his chosen disciples aware of his Divine glory so that they might discard their notions of a conquering political Messiah and strengthen them to remain faithful to him during his trial and the execution which would follow.

On Mount Hermon in North Galilee, near Caesarea Philippi, while praying, Jesus was transformed into a shining figure clothed with heavenly glory. Representing the Law and the Prophets, Moses, the great Law-giver, and Elijah, the great prophet, appeared, speaking with Jesus in His glory. These representatives of the Law and the Prophets, in their lives on earth, foreshadowed Jesus who is the culmination of the Law and the Prophets. Then “a bright Cloud overshadowed them, and a Voice from the Cloud said, ‘This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.’” God revealed Jesus as His Son — His beloved — the one in whom He is well pleased and to whom we must listen.

The transfiguration occurs today, In the Holy Mass, the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus. Just as the Transfiguration of Jesus was meant to strengthen the apostles in their time of trial, each Holy Mass should be our source of Heavenly strength against our own temptations, and a source of renewal for our lives. In addition, each Holy Communion should transform us both internally and externally. Jesus’ Transfiguration reminds us of our own coming transfiguration in Heaven, and helps us to reach out to God to hear again His consoling words, “This is my beloved son/daughter in whom I am well pleased.”

Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

In today’s Gospel Jesus shows us that salvation is meant for the Gentiles as well as for the Jews. By healing the daughter of a Canaanite woman as a reward for her strong, trusting Faith expressed by her patient, persistent prayer, Jesus shows us that God’s mercy and love are available to all who call out to Him in Faith.

Jesus also performed a healing miracle for another Gentle the centurion’s servant. These miracles foreshadow the future preaching of the Gospel to the whole world. Jesus first ignored both the persistent cry of the woman and the impatience of his disciples who wanted him to send the woman away. He then tried to awaken true Faith in the heart of this woman first, by ignoring the request and then, by an indirect refusal. We notice that the woman was refused three times by Jesus before he finally granted her request the fourth time.

Her patient persistence was rewarded, and her plea was answered. Jesus was completely won over by the depth of her Faith, her and her confidence, by saying “Woman, great is your Faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”

We need to persist in prayer with trustful confidence. Christ himself has told us to keep on asking Him for our needs: “Ask and you shall receive. “Asking with fervor and perseverance demonstrates our “great Faith.” We must realize and remember that we do not always get exactly what we ask for, but rather what God knows we actually need, and what is really best for us. Today’s Gospel reminds us that God’s love and mercy are extended to all who call on him in Faith and trust, no matter who they are. It is therefore fitting that we should pray that our pride, intolerance and prejudice raise, should crumble.

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