25th February 2018 Second Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends,

Today we meet what is a mystery in the complete sense of the word.   People love solving puzzles and reading thrillers etc, but they will eventually come to working out the solution or read until the author reveals “Who did it”.  Such is not the meaning of “mystery” in God’s world or even where it enters into the scene of human life.  In today’s first reading, God did not push Abraham to sacrifice (or kill) his sons Isaac.  But God did allow his only son Jesus to be sacrificed for our sake and salvation.  This is mystery in the fullest sense of the word.  There were many other ways to express the depth of love, but no matter what path was taken it would be open to the challenge of the cynical.

          “God love the world so much that he gave his only son” (John 3:16)


  • On your behalf, I would like to thank the Salesian Community for their help last week.
  • The Parish Pastoral Council and I would much prefer if people were to offer their services in ministry at mass, before (welcomers), during (coordinators, readers and special ministers of the Eucharist) and after helping to tidy up the church and engage in hospitality in teams etc.  Life would be so much better for everybody – you become a missioner to your brothers and sisters.  If you pray about it, offer your help (sheets on the porch table) training will be given.  Thank you.
  • New edition of A&B News, includes a reflection on the ministry of Canon Frank Harrington in this diocese.
  • Stations of the Cross – every Friday during Lent at 7:30pm.
  • I draw your attention to sponsoring Jodi Stockford’s running London Marathon for a good cause.
  • World day of Prayer, 12:30 next Friday at St Peter’s Church, Frimley Green Road.


“I hear Molly is going to marry Barry.”

“Yes it’s true.”

“Do you think it’s a love match Mary?”

“Oh without a doubt, she told me she loves the large house and the five hundred acres of land going with it.”


God Bless,

                                                                           Fr John



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