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My Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ
Today’s Gospel begins immediately after the final verse in last Sunday’s Gospel. After strong language about the difficulties of discipleship, Jesus immediately appoints 72 people to go ahead of him to every town and place he plans to visit, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand. He sends them in pairs. In the Law of Moses two witnesses were needed for a testimony to be credible. It was probably also a safer way to travel.
Jesus admits it will be difficult, that he is sending them out like lambs among wolves. Yet they are to bring nothing with them, not even a money bag or sandals. They are to greet no one on the way so as not to be distracted from their mission. When they enter a house, their message is simply “peace.” The response they will receive may be positive or negative. Either way, they are to know that the Kingdom of God is at hand. They are not to demand special treatment but eat and drink whatever is given them. They are to stay in one house and are not to look around for one that provides better accommodations. They are to heal the sick as a sign that the Kingdom of God is at hand for them. Like Jesus’ miracles, healing is a sign of the coming of the kingdom. If the town will not receive them, they are to shake the dust from their feet and move on. Even in the case of such rejection they should know that the Kingdom of God is at hand.
When they return from their journeys, they are rejoicing because their mission has been successful. Demons were under their power because of Jesus’ name. Jesus may have sent them out as lambs among wolves, but at the conclusion of this passage he assures them that they have been given power over the enemy and nothing will harm them, not even serpents and scorpions.
A key theme of today’s Gospel and last Sunday’s Gospel is discipleship—its challenges, its difficulties, and its rewards. Sharing in the mission of Jesus is difficult, but everyone is called to do it, not just some professionals trained for ministry. Even for us today, the harvest is plentiful. We should pray to the master of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I bring myself into your presence, knowing the zeal of your heart for souls. The glory of your heavenly Father can shape my own heart. I am confident that, just as the 72 lit the flame of their love for their mission from the furnace of your divine love, I can ignite all that is lukewarm and tepid in my soul today. I desire to fulfill more perfectly the mission you have given me.
Petition: Lord, fill my heart with a holy zeal to make you known to many people!
1. Loving Souls without Limits: Contemplate our Lord’s hunger to bring salvation to the many souls whose number exceeds the reach of his humanity. His passionate, driving love for men breaks the confines of his human nature, multiplying his presence in the world. We can be so quickly drained by the never-ending needs of those we serve. We can close the door on others with easy excuses; we can ignore their needs, for which God wishes to put a solution in our hands. Christ’s heart, instead, is expansive and grows with the awareness of the need of men for him. Creatively he brings a divine solution into play to reach more souls, heal more hearts, cure more ills. Does my charity bring me to use all my creativity, intelligence, and will-power to meet the needs of those God has entrusted to my care? Does divine wisdom, rooted in prayer, come into play in how I serve others?
2. Christ Is to Be Known through Me: Christ uses his divine power to multiply himself, commissioning these disciples to be in effect other Christs in the world. This sending out of the 72 is a critical juncture in the plan of salvation. Here ordinary men, who at one time were simple-hearted recipients of Christ’s redeeming message, are now to be the carriers of that message to others. Yet with all their weaknesses, how could they ever hope to offer others an experience of Christ like that which they experienced, an experience which is so ineffable and sublime? Christ explains: It will be done by their obedience, especially to the details of behaviour that he outlines for them. It will be done by acting in Christ’s name, knowing that he has commissioned them. It will be accomplished not through their talents and charismatic personalities, but through the power and grace of God that comes to those who serve him with a pure heart. I can reflect on my vocation and see that it has its ultimate source in God, not in my preferences. Knowing God has given me my mission in life, I must, like the 72, purify myself of all self-centeredness and personal ambition to respond to his singular invitation. Can others experience Christ through me?
3. In the End, Lambs Conquer: Wolves appear when the lamb is present. I should not think that opposition and contradiction mark the end of my mission. Instead, they are a sign of its authenticity. Being a lamb among wolves implies that the wolves are best defeated by the humility and simplicity with which a disciple of Christ lives his life. A pure and selfless heart does not permit bitterness, resentment, and hardship to weaken its commitment.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I wish to form my heart to be conquering and meek like your own, confident of the victory that awaits those who suffer in doing your will. Grant me the grace never to fall away from your divine commission. Every morning help me to awaken with a generous and faithful spirit to its beauty and goodness.
Resolution: Today, I will put more effort into the details that prove my love for my vocation.
with Blessings and prayerful best wishes, Father Marcin Drabik
Jesus has a vision in this week’s Gospel—Satan falling like lightning from the sky, the enemy vanquished by the missionary preaching of His Church. Sent out by Jesus to begin gathering the nations into the harvest of divine judgment (see Isaiah 27:12–13; Joel 4:13), the 70 are a sign of the continuing mission of the Church.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 7th 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/
Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 (See above for full programmes)
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019: Thank You so much for our celebrations this weekend. To all the children, who came in their First Communion robes/tunics and have enjoyed their First Communion cake in the hall with Fr Vittorio.
Please, do not forget about our next Session which is moved (because my unexpected and sudden absence) and take place on 11TH July (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm, and we’ll focus on Following Jesus Christ & the ways to be involved.
The rest of the programme can be found below
|2nd May 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XII- “INSIDE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST part 2”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|23rd May 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XIII-“Structure and the meaning of the particular parts of the Holy Mass”
Receiving and getting familiar with the Mass & Prayer Books which children receive during the session)
|St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|2nd June 2019 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|6th June 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XIV – “The Holy Body & Precious Blood of Christ”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|9th June 2019 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|16th June 2019 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|18th June 2019 TUESDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session only for parents/carers – Theology of the Body||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|21st June 2019 FRIDAY||6.00pm – 8.00pm||Final Rehearsal Followed by the Holy Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|22ND June 2019 Saturday||11.30am||FIRST SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION FOR CHILDREN||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|23RD June 2019 Sunday||12.00 noon or AT 3pm (TBC)||FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS – AT 12.00 noon or AT 3.pm (TBC)||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|30TH June 2019 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Receiving the Certificates of the Holy Communion||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|7TH July 2019 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Thanksgiving Mass together with the previous year First Communion Children||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|11th July 2019 Thursday||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XV – Following Jesus Christ & the ways to be involved||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|14TH July 2019 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Thanksgiving Mass and receive a special gift from Fr Marcin||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
Please, have with You always your rosary beads – the wooden ones for the practice.
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 are:
14TH JULY 2019 SUNDAY at 10.15am Mass – SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM. Please, notice that it is expected from the Parents & God -Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly.
|13th June,2019 Thursday||6.45pm to 8.00pm||2nd Session||St Swithun’s RC Church Presbytery 105 Waverley Rd Southsea|
|30th June 2019 Sunday||at 10.15am Sunday Mass||Introducing the children to the Community of the Church and the First Anointing with the Catechumens’ Oil||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|14th July 2019 Sunday||at 10.15am Sunday Mass||SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
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: Brian Boulter, 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: 7th July 2019 : Patricia Ward, Apollo Badran, Louise Grubb, Patrick Fowler, Jean Marie Guedeney, Henry Clarke, Lilian Eastham, Lucy Paule Cushieri, (Dick) August Martin Dehe, Robert Joseph Cook, Gilbert Marshall Slavin, Marrianna Burton, Terrence Cunningham,, Ethel Blitz, Anne Ainscough, Kathleen Hailstone, Malcolm Chatfield, Joyce Harbour, Alfred John Croucher, Roger Harper, John Francis Daye, Ada Ellen WIlson, Constance Josephine Zait, Jayne Ann Brown, Cyril Kendrick, James Durkan, Sister St Mechtilde Donnelly, Margaret Hayward, Margaret Penfold, Johanna Beck, Keith Fairingside, Victoria Ositte Augustine Atkinson, Robert Robertson, Anthony Stacey, Violet Alice Allen, Patrick Collins, Thomas Likely, Florence Lawes, Hildegarde Holden-Kerr, Sydney Hopkins, Bernadette Kemmish, Mary Clark, Stephen Mason, Annie Sykes, Ruby Nuttall, Joseph McKiver, John Robertson, James Aloysius Brooks, Gerald Burke, Elizabeth (Betty) Copestake,,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