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My Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ
In reflection on this week’s Gospel, Pope Francis said “the Good Samaritan indicates a lifestyle, the centre of which is not ourselves, but others, with their difficulties, who we meet on our path”. Let’s strive to treat others, not only how we would like to be treated, but as Christ. For when we help those in need we are helping Christ Himself.
Introductory Prayer: Almighty and ever-living God, I seek new strength from the courage of Christ, our shepherd. I believe in you, I hope in you, and I seek to love you with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength. I want to be led one day to join the saints in heaven, where your Son Jesus Christ lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Petition: Jesus, may I love as you have loved me.
1. Teacher, What Must I Do to Inherit Eternal Life? Since the human soul is spiritual, its longings are infinite in scope, and so we naturally want to live an eternity of happiness, an eternity full of life. Yet this scholar of the law has keenly perceived that eternal life is more than just the next step after death. I must do something to inherit it. My existence and my redemption are unmerited gifts from God: I never asked him for the gift of life, nor did I ask him to die for me, yet here I am, alive and redeemed. What is more, I can never earn either existence or God’s free love. Yet there is at least an aspect of eternal life that derives from my merit. The quality of my eternal life corresponds to the quality of my love and the goodness of my deeds on this side of eternity.
2. What Is Written in the Law? The response of Jesus verifies a profoundly Catholic understanding of reality. The scholar’s question could be put in another way: “What must I do to be saved?” One would expect the response to be: “Believe, have faith!” Yet Jesus already knows that this man has faith. He confirms that faith is undoubtedly necessary for salvation, but that faith must be translated into love if we are to have eternal life. When Jesus says, “What is written in the law,” he presupposes faith in God, the author of the moral law. But also, he is inviting him to apply his faith to living the law in love. Faith and works are inseparable. “Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever keeps his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection” (1 John 2:4-5).
3. Do This and You Will Live: With these words, Jesus brings the lesson to a full conclusion. By loving as the Good Samaritan loves, we are on the path to a life that is never-ending, a life that we naturally long to experience and possess. We must always trust Jesus when we find that he places us in situations that stretch our love and generosity to limits that often hurt. He knows that we long for eternal life, but he also knows that the path to that life is a love that purifies, stretches, and demands our all. Therefore, Jesus invites us to follow him down the road of life-giving love. Every crucifix reminds us of this self-giving love that leads to life.
Conversation with Christ: Blessed Lord, increase my faith so that I may see you in every person I meet. Strengthen my hope that I may trust firmly that you will give me all I need to love as you ask. Deepen my love that I may experience the joy that comes from giving and not counting the cost. Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for Jesus.
Resolution: Today, I will do three hidden acts of charity.
with Blessings and prayerful best wishes, Father Marcin Drabik
We are to love God and our neighbor with all the strength of our being, as the scholar of the Law answers Jesus in this week’s Gospel. This command is nothing remote or mysterious—it’s already written in our hearts, in the book of Sacred Scripture. “You have only to carry it out,” Moses says in this week’s First Reading. Jesus tells His interrogator the same thing: “Do this and you will live.”
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 14th July 2019 till the 31st July 2019
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here https://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
PLEASE NOTE – FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020 (See below for full programmes)
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020: The new programme will be published here next week – You will need to book an appointment with Father Marcin as well as fill in a form which will appear on line shortly or can be got from the parish office.
SHORT REMINDER FOR THE PARENTS OF THE FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN – Please, attend the sessions with your children, because they are organised on the way to make your life a little bit easier do not create another, separated sessions just with the Parents. All the Parents should stay for the sessions with the children, please, please.
The next Baptismal Preparation Sessions for 2020 will appear here soon
Please, notice that it is expected from the Parents & God -Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly.
and for those in Our Own Parish…..
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Noreen Priddy, Charlie Albert Matthews, Aileen Hopkins, Ann Ford, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them, David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kevin & Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Patrick McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Tony Denny, Betty Foster, Bobby, Eileen Stewart, John Williams, Margaret Bager, Fred Vuksani, Tom & Lily, Greta Kemp, Magda K, Mary Wallis, Micheline Thompson, Pat Needham, Margaret Badger, Anne Sullivan, Catherine Morgan, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 14th July 2019 : Brian Boulter, 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 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.
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs