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Today, Jesus gives us two parables about farming: the parable of the scattered seed, and the parable of the mustard seed. These were images that the men and women listening to Jesus could relate to, since most of them spent their days in the fields planting, watering and reaping. Our Lord told these parables using something they knew —agricultural work— in order to teach them something they did not know about: the Kingdom of God!
Indeed Jesus teaches something about his spiritual Kingdom. In the first parable He says: “The kingdom of God it is like this. A man scatters seed upon the soil” (Mark 4:26). And He introduces the second by saying, “To what shall we compare [the kingdom of God]? It is like a mustard seed” (Mark 4:30). Most of us today have little in common with those farmers; yet these parables can powerfully resonate in our modern minds because we can still understand quite a lot about planting, watering and harvesting, and somehow we sense through his words, that God has planted something in our hearts that will not allow us to move completely away from him.
What is the Kingdom of God? It is “Jesus himself“, as Pope Benedict XVI reminds us. And our soul “is the essential location of the Kingdom of God”. God wants to live and grow inside us. If we seek God’s wisdom and obey his commands, our life will become as steady as a rock and acquire a power that we can barely imagine. If we patiently correspond to his grace, his divine life will definitely grow in the soul the way seed grows in the field or, as the medieval mystic, Meister Eckhart, has beautifully expressed: “The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer and a diligent field hand, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God seed into God”.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
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Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see “The Grace Card (2010)” June 22nd 8:10pm
In racially charged Memphis, Tennessee, a searing personal tragedy has left police officer Mac McDonald a bitter, angry soul, blaming a long downward spiral on minorities, “the system” and God Himself.When Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, the ensuing 17 years of bitterness and pain erodes his love for his family and leaves him angry with God … and just about everyone else.
Mac’s rage stonewalls his career in the police department and makes for a combustible situation when he’s partnered with Sam Wright, a rising star on the force who happens to be a part-time pastor and a loving family man.Mac’s home life is as frightening as anything he encounters on the streets of Memphis. Money is tight and emotions run high as he constantly argues with his wife and his surviving son Blake, who is hanging with the wrong crowd and in danger of flunking out of school.
Sam Wright also never expected to be a police officer. He has a calling—to be a minister like his Grandpa George. But leading a small, start-up church doesn’t always put enough food on the table for a young family, so Sam doubles as a police officer. With his new promotion to Sergeant, Sam starts questioning if his real calling might actually be police work rather than the pastorate.
Can Mac and Sam somehow join forces to help one another when it’s impossible for either of them to look past their differences—especially the most obvious one?
Please pray for those who are ill especially: David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Patricia Ward, 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, Monica Madigan, 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: 17th June: Please pray for: Modestino & Modestina Giordano, Apollo, Martha Carroll, John St John, Margaret Mullen, Annie Connors, Don Broomhead, John Fitzsimmonds, Sheila Diana Smith, John Morgan, Winifred Wilkinson, Sheila Strong, Olive Sandell, Monica Ellul, Thomas Vincent Webb, John Wesley Davis, Philip Clarke, Rose Emily Madeline Collins, Tina Brooks, Marie Celine Crispin, Emily Jardine, Colin Whent, Blanche de Curzon, Diana Smyth, Norman Jones, Violet Page, Elizabeth Mary Jones, Christine Jones, David Darling, Mary Jane Meades, Richard Eugene Mullen, Cecilia (Sheila) Jenkins, Tom Treacy, Florence Aherne, Stuart Campbell, Marie Theresa Barber, Nadia Armenise, Robert Steel, Zoe Lloyd, Mary Thornton, Dorothy Ryder, Phoebe Warren, John Bergin, Edna Bailey & Wilfred George Maynard,,Patrick and Lizzie 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. Our Bishop Philip in the last Pastoral Letter to us, last weekend asked us to be ‘CAN-DO’ Christians. 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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