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Total commitment

Luke tells us that Jesus ‘took the road for Jerusalem.’ As he set out, Jesus knew what was almost certainly waiting for him in Jerusalem. In the capital city of his own nation, he would be arrested, betrayed by his friends, and put to death on the Cross. Jesus knew what lay ahead, but he set out on the road in obedience to his Father’s plan of salvation. He was ready to give his life.

Jesus was completely obedient to God the Father, and the three little stories that we hear in today’s Gospel show us that he asks for 100% commitment from his disciples, too.  One man says he is ready to follow Jesus ‘wherever he goes.’ Jesus warns the man that he and his disciples have no fixed home and no stability – nowhere to lay their heads.  One disciple wants to bury his father, another wishes to say goodbye to his family. Jesus tells them that nothing – not even family – is more important than spreading the Good News of the kingdom of God.

But that is not the most startling thing that we hear in today’s Gospel. When the people of a Samaritan village refuse to welcome Jesus and his disciples, the brothers James and John want to take revenge. But Jesus tells them off. The Samaritan villagers may regard Jews as their enemies, but Jesus is teaching his disciples to love their enemies. This is, perhaps, the hardest of Jesus’ teachings – to love our enemies – but he gives us the example himself.

Coffee after Sunday Morning Mass

Now that we are able to use social areas without restrictions, coffee and tea will  be served again after Sunday morning Mass in the parish room. Please come along and enjoy a chat with other parishioners.

We have a rota of volunteers for the first few weeks but if anyone else would like to sign up to take a turn in future they would  be most welcome.  For further details please contact Helen Schofield via the parish office or after Mass on Sunday.

Gospel Reflections

The Gospel Reflection Group started during lockdown, and it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the readings for Sunday’s Mass, to share your thoughts and to listen to what others have to say. Join us at 10.30am on Saturday mornings. The reflection takes place on Zoom, and you can find the joining details in the Parish Facebook Group or by contacting Margaret Doyle on margaretdoyle1066@sky.com. If you’ve joined us in the past, please note that we’ve recently changed the dial-in details.

The reflections will last about 50 minutes and then we take a short break to get a cup of coffee and have a social chat. You’re welcome to join us for the whole call, but you’re also welcome to leave after the Gospel Reflection, or join us for social time at 11.30am.

Please Pray For ….

The repose of the soul of of Fr Michael Keoghan, who died recently.

Those who are sick:

Liz Carr, Francis Mangion, Andrew S, Christopher Browne, Rosemary Cramp, Hugh McElhennon, Mary Skelton, Clare Carver and David Moore.

Those whose anniversaries occur at this time:

Patrick Welsh, Jane Peat, Susan Martin, Doris Appleton, Michael Higgins, Fr John Tweedy, Jan Rhodes. May they rest in peace.

Do this in memory of me

Today’s Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ celebrates the greatest gift that Jesus has given us – the gift of himself. Our faith tells us that, in the Eucharist, we receive his Body and Blood, under the appearance of bread and wine. In the Gospel reading for the feast, Luke tells the story of Jesus feeding a crowd of five thousand people. First, though, Jesus makes them welcome; he teaches them and cures the sick. Everything that Jesus does is done out of love for the people. When it grows late in the day, and the crowd are hungry, Jesus does not send them away, but instead works a miracle to provide enough food for everyone. More than enough, in fact – twelve baskets of scraps left over.

Jesus tells his disciples, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ He wants his disciples to continue his loving care for the people, feeding them and providing what they need. In the Second Reading, St Paul describes how the first Christians passed on what they had received from Jesus, and how they continued to gather at the table to receive his body and blood. Today, when we celebrate Mass together, we celebrate in communion with Christians all over the world. Whoever comes to the table, the love of Christ is generous enough to make sure that there is plenty for everyone.