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Today, the Gospel invites us to discover the importance of resting in the Lord. The Apostles were returning from the mission on which Jesus had sent them. They had expelled demons, cured the sick and preached the Gospel. They were tired and Jesus told them to «Go off by yourselves to a remote place and have some rest» (Mark 6,31). One of the temptations to which any Christian can succumb is that of wanting to do too many things and thus leaving the Lord a little to the side. The Catechism reminds us that, when it comes to prayer, one of the biggest dangers is that you can easily think that there are bigger, more important and more urgent things to be done, leading to a lack of care for the things of God. For this reason Jesus tells the Apostles, who have worked hard, are exhausted though euphoric because everything has gone so well, that they must rest. The Gospel says «they went away in the boat to a secluded area by themselves» (Mark 6,33).
To be able to pray properly you need at least two things: the first is to be with Jesus as He is the person with whom we are going to talk. Make sure that you are with Him. For this reason all times of prayer normally begin with an act of presence of God which is often the most difficult part. We must make ourselves conscious of the fact that we are truly with Him. The second thing is that we must be alone. If we really want to talk with someone, to have an intimate and profound conversation we choose to be alone with them.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard recommended that one should rest with Jesus after receiving Holy Communion. He warned of the danger of filling thanksgiving after Communion with many memorised words. He said that, after receiving the Body of Christ, the best thing to do is to stay in silence for a while to regain our strength and to let Jesus talk to us in the silence of our hearts. Sometimes, rather than telling Him about our plans and projects it is better that we let Jesus instruct and encourage us.
Priorities (Mark 6:30-34) 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
In this Gospel, Jesus sets out to do one thing and ends up doing another. This should reassure us, knowing that even he did not always carry out the plans he had given himself to do. Nevertheless, although looking after his apostles’ needs for rest and teaching crowds look like two very different, and competing activities, the Gospel shows us that they manifest the same care for others. The activity of Jesus is not directed at himself, but at others. This shows us God’s heart for humanity. Yet it also shows us what it means to be a fully integrated, mature human person: one who is freely able to give oneself to God and to others. One whose own time is at the disposal of God and others, without stress or control, but in trust, under the priority of charity.
We’ll reflect on:
Faith: How can our faith direct the ordering of our life and of our time?
Hope: What sort of success do we hope to achieve with our time? Where are our activities ultimately directed to?
Love: How available are we to the calls of charity – love for God and neighbour – in our busy schedules?
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 22nd July 2018 till the 31st August 2018
PLEASE BE AWARE AS THE HOLIDAY SEASON BEGINS THERE WILL BE CHANGES TO OUR NORMAL DAILY SCHEDULES , SERVICES AND EVENTS
Hear God’s Voice and Our Parish Cinema will start again in September
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
27th July 2018 8:10pm in St Swithun’s Hall – Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see “The List (2015)”
By the age of 12, Jack Stone had experienced more life grit than most adults. In desperation, he decides to grab the controls, make a list as his road map and set out to accomplish life his way. After fifteen years of life on the street and clawing up from the bottom, we find Jack as a successful lawyer. He’s done well on his own, crossed a lot off his list and added more. But, he hasn’t factored God into the plan. God hasn’t seemed to be around in the past… Can Jack trust Him with the future? As life continues to take its toll and tragedies strike, will Jack relinquish the power of his list in order to gain all he’s ever wanted?
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them Aidan Molloy, 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, Amy Scarrett.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 22nd July: Please pray for: Patricia Mary Ward, Louise Grubb, Patrick Fowler, Lucy Jackman and all whose anniversaries occur at this time: Winifred Jones, Mary Griffith, Margaret Christina Geary, Olive Durrant, Kevin Arthur Taylor, Louie Kavanagh, Emmanuel Mifsud, Harriet Hyom, Bernard Palmer, Hamilton Currie, Jessie Tidy, Joseph Graffin, Mary Edith Jefferies, Barbara “Jean” Crompton, Julia Ann Wyndham, Juliette Martin, Isabella Waite, Elizabeth Coffey, Cecilia Fellows, Catherine (Kay) O’Sullivan, Mabel Sophia Foster, Betty Ellul, Josephine Moody, Charles Chantler, Louisa Bradwell, Catherine Somers, Elizabeth Minter, Atanazy Bobik, Margaret Perry, Frank Kennett, Sally O’Brien, John Edward Kennedy, Robert Charles Mason, Eva Mary Lintott,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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