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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXVII SUNDAY in Ordinary Time 7th October 2018 B
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, the Pharisees want to put Jesus to the test again, and they propose him the question of divorce. But, instead of giving them a definite answer, Jesus asks them in return what the Scriptures say and, without criticising Moses’ Law, makes them understand that while that Law is legitimate, it is only temporal: “Moses wrote this law for you, because you are stubborn” (Mark 10:5). Jesus reminds them what the Genesis says: “But in the beginning of creation God made them male and female” (Mark 10:6; cf. Gn 1:27). Jesus speaks here of the unity of Humankind. Man will leave father and mother and will join his wife, and the two shall become one flesh to form Mankind. This represents a new reality: Two human beings form a unity, not as an “association”, but as generator of Humanity. The conclusion is quite evident: “Let no one separate what God has joined” (Mark 10:9).
If we look at marriage as an association, its indissolubility cannot be apprehended. If marriage is just a matter of associated interests, we can then understand its dissolution may appear as legitimate. In this case, to speak of marriage is actually abusing the language, because it refers only to the association of two single persons that have decided to make their lives more pleasant. When the Lord speaks of marriage He is referring to something else. The Vatican II Council reminds us: “For the good of the spouses and their off-springs as well as of society, the existence of the sacred bond no longer depends on human decisions alone. For, God Himself is the author of matrimony, endowed as it is with various benefits and purposes. All of these have a very decisive bearing on the continuation of the human race” (Gaudium et spes, n. 48).
Back home, the Apostles asked him again about the demands of marriage, and this is followed by the tender scene with the infants. Both passages are related. The second lesson is like a parable that explains how the marriage is possible. The Kingdom of God is for those that become as infants and accept to build something new. And marriage is the same if we have really understood what it actually means, that is: to leave, to join and to become.
with Blessings Father Marcin Drabik
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
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We welcome some new people to our parish who will be holding scripture meetings for the next 3 months
on Tuesday’s and Friday’s in St Swithun’s RC Church
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Reqiem Mass Thursday OLOL – Please, remember that this week we say ‘goodbye’ to our Dearest Parishioner + Monica Madigan RIP (Thursday 11th, at 1.30pm in Our Lady of Lourdes’ church)
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Colin Lennard, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them Aidan Molloy, Aileen Hopkins, David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Eileen Inkpen, Rory McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Peter Softely, Tony Denny, Betty Foster, Bobby, Eileen Stewart, Joan Smith, John Williams, Margaret Bager, Fred Vuksani, Tom & Lily, Greta Kemp, Magda K, Mary Wallis, Micheline Thompson, Pat Needham, Margaret Badger, Rosemary Ashton, Anne Sullivan, Catherine Morgan, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 7th October Monica Madigan, Lily Burns, Anthony Woodman, Isabella Jenkins, Martyn Christian Botha, John Griffin, Serge Jean-Baptiste McFarlane, Lily Burns, Anthony Woodman, Isabella Jenkins, Martyn Christian Botha, John Griffin, Serge Jean-Baptiste McFarlane, Lily Gascoygne, Lisa Sterling, Mary Currie Cathay, Charles Henry Wilkins, Angela Maruerite Ellis, Bridget Baker, John Barry, Bridget Deneker, Albert Perry, Norman Leonard Jordan, Victoria Frances Tompkins, William Charles Joseph Hudson, Rose Neal, Francis Wiber, Kathleen Pilmoor, Bridget Brennan, Angela Solomons, Robin Ian Plater (“Bob), Violet Beale, Eileen Webb, Sheila Todd, Pamela Joyce Charman, Edna Calleja, Philomena Bray, Bro. Elwin Wilson, John Hogan, Margaret Jane Bridgman, Rita Sheath, Cyril Charles Haddon, Margaret Mary Daly,,Lizzie and Patrick McSharry ,Gemma Litchfield and Jozef Michalczuk
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
“CAN-DO CHRISTIANS” A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MARCIN
Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Dear Friends: I would like to share with You some things which are about our Parish and for our Parish. I’m absolutely sure, that You have noticed how many things already happen in our Parish to help in our spiritual grow to love God more and more in His Word to us, in His Sacraments for us (which is His real presence among us). We also go out to meet those who still searching for God, or who were not so lucky to have personal contact with Jesus Christ.
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