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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXVI SUNDAY in Ordinary Time Year B 30th September 2018
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, following the example of the most modern TV producer, we are given to see Jesus conjuring images of unstoppable fire and worms into a place we have to avoid by all means: into hell, “where the worms that eat them never die, and the fire never goes out” (Mark 9:48). It is a vivid description of the state a person may attain when his/her life has not carried him/her where he/she wanted to go. It could be compared to the moment when, while driving our car, we take the wrong road by thinking it is the right one, and we end up in an unknown place, not knowing where we are and where we did not certainly want to go. We have to avoid it, no matter how, even if we have to get rid of some apparently unalienable things: without hands (cf. Mark 9,43), without feet (cf. Mark 9,45), without eyes (Mark 9:48). We have to have the strong desire to enter into the Kingdom of God even if we have to go without an essential part of ourselves.
It is possible that this Gospel may incite us to mull over something we may have, very dear to us, but that prevents us from seeing God, —or even worse— that pushes us away from God. The same Jesus leads us to look for the sin responsible for all our failings (hands, feet and eyes). Jesus speaks about anyone that could cause one of these little ones who believe in Him to stumble and sin (cf. Mark 9:42). “To cause someone to sin” is to turn someone away from God. We, therefore, appraise in every person his nearness to Jesus, the faith he may have.
Jesus teaches us we do not have to belong to the Twelve or to be one of his most intimate disciples to be able to stay beside Him: “For whoever is not against us is for us” (Mark 9:40). We can understand that Jesus saves all. It is a lesson of today’s Gospel: many are those who, because of their deeds, are closer to the Kingdom of God than we may think. As St. Therese of Lisieux admitted: “The Lord cannot reward me for my deeds (…) Thus, I hope He will reward me for His”
with Blessings Father Marcin Drabik
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 30th September 2018 till the 31st October 2018
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
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
Please pray for those who are ill especially: 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, 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: 30th September: 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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