9th September, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

According to the words of Isaiah today, we will recognise God’s Reign in practical terms when you see these signs, the eyes of the blind will be opened, the deaf shall hear, the lame shall leap like a deer and the dumb shall speak and sing. Some list! Yet Jesus would fulfil this prophecy. Today’s gospel account from Mark chapter 7 tell us precisely that. Mark is the one who brings us closer in human terms to Jesus the fully human person like ourselves and his ways. He uses the healing techniques that were common at the time, saliva, touching the senses to be cured, the laying of hands and calling God’s help in prayer. The popularity of Jesus sprang from the healing he did and the various miracles he performed. If such a person came on the world stage in our time, can you believe or imagine how popular he would be? Yet, we must remind ourselves that the purpose of all of this was to look beyond the events themselves (ie: miracles) and ask, who is this person who came to do such things? Only much later would it unfold – 2.5 to 3 years before Peter would answer; “You are the Christ”. Looking back has its usefulness.

 

Adoremus

This is the title given to the National Eucharistic Congress taking place in Liverpool this weekend. It is primarily a gathering of people from many parishes and diocese to pray and listen to the Word of God and speakers from at home and abroad centred on the Eucharist, the presence of Christ among us as food for the journey of life and reminding all of us on how central “Christ among us” is. In his own words, “I am the bread of life, those who come to me will never hunger, those who believe in me will never thirst” (John 6:35).

 

Unlike the people of Jesus own time who were asking who is he? We have the knowledge, he is the Christ. Does it make a difference to our lives?

 

  • Congratulations to Aania Johnson and Alvin Biju from the South Indian Community who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday at the special community mass.

 

  • Camberley Alzheimer Café – Third Monday of each month starting Sept 17th. Dr Gemma Jones will speak on “Denial” – 6.30 to 8.30pm

 

  • Special Appeal: Please take seriously the request for helping hands at the Children’s liturgy during 10.30am mass on Sundays. The ratio of adults to children must be better so that this opportunity for families is not a millstone but seen as part of our mission. Please contact Simon or Linda on 01276 – 32649.

 

  • To ALL DRIVERS – leaving and entering the car park; Please be aware that pedestrians and cyclists on the footpath have right of way.

 

Finally;

Jim: “You know Mary, Donald Trump reminds me of a second-hand car salesman”.

Mary: “Ah now, don’t be joking about car salesman. Sure at least you would end up with a car. My sister in New York says “We are all being taken for a ride”.

God Bless,

Fr John


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