Parish newsletter, 17 January 2021
6.30pm: William and Gertrude Brixton RIP
Sunday Second Ordinary Time PMB 127
8.30am: Frances McEvoy Rec Dec
10am: Dec’d Rel Ellis
11.30am: Priest Int
Monday No Mass
Tuesday 10am: Doris Head RIP Anniv
Wednesday 10am: Frank O’Sullivan Rec Dec
Thursday 10am: In Time of Pandemic
Friday 10am: Bernard Robinson RIP
Saturday 6.30pm: Kate Jones Rec Dec
8.30am: John Thompson RIP
11.30am: Priest Intention
Today’s gospel We read about the meeting between Jesus and the three of the apostles – a meeting that changed their lives. In the Eucharist we encounter the Lord. Before we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, we recall the words of John the Baptist: “This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Other titles of Jesus include the Good Shepherd, the Messiah (Andrew) the light of the World, the resurrection and the life, the way, the truth and the life.
First Reading Young Samuel is called but he takes his time recognising the voice of the Lord. He went on to play a key role in Israel as a king maker. His call marked the beginning of a new era.
Second Reading Paul on the dignity of the body – the temple of the Holy Spirit to be used for the greater glory of God rather than for selfish and possessive pleasure.
The Gospel Who is this Jesus? Lamb of God, Messiah, the one who calls us to the fullness of life? But we do need to spend time with him otherwise we won’t get very far. We are introduced to Peter who will play a pivotal role in the early Church community. They all go back with Jesus to see where he lives. This is surely and invitation to us to spend more time with Jesus particularly by honouring the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament is the living fountain of life where we drink in the love of Christ who alone quenches our thirst to be loved.
Eucharistic Adoration is awareness of the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. An appreciation of the gift of his total presence among us. An appreciation of his personal love for us. An acknowledgement of our total dependency upon him who is “the vine” and we “the branches”. The apostles were invited to centre their lives on him and his holy will.
Reflection God’s call is mysterious: it comes on the darkness of faith. It is so fine so subtle, that it is only with the deepest silence within us that we can hear it. And yet nothing is surer or stronger, nothing is so decisive and overpowering as that call. God’s call is essentially an appeal to our hearts. St Teresa of Lisieux says : “If God has not got your heart, he has got nothing”.
The Our Father Isn’t this surely the basis of our lives, the highlight of our celebration of the Mass. We recognise who we are and to whom we belong. If wee all call God Father in the midst of the church this means we are brothers and sisters. Perhaps the present crisis will help us to reflect. In fellowship with all the baptised, let us pray to our heavenly Father in the words our saviour gave us.
Many thanks to the stewards who do so much to keep the church open. If you think you may be able to help please give us a shout.
Please Help the Sisters’ orphanage in Minsk, Belarus’. We have gifts in the repository at knock down prices. There are hundreds of nuns, all very young, praying for our parish! Just think about that!
To come out of this crisis better. Perhaps because we have recovered, in lockdown, a little of that fraternity that our hearts had painfully missed, many of us have begun to feel an impatient hope that may be the world could be organised differently, to reflect the truth. We have neglected and mistreated our ties with the creator, with creation, and with our fellow creatures. But the good news is that the Ark awaits us to carry us to a new tomorrow. COVID 19 is our Noah moment, as long as we can find our way to the Ark of the ties that unite us : of love, and of a common belonging. Let us dare to dream. We must redesign the economy so that it can offer every person access to a dignified existence while protecting and regenerating the natural world. We don’t possess the truth so much as the truth possesses us, constantly attracting us by means of goodness and beauty. Sin is a rejection of the limits that love requires. Our greatest power is not in the respect that others have for us, but the service we can offer others. Pope Francis
A Prayer from St Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway