Newsletter for Sunday 1 May 2016

29 Apr

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Today, the last Sunday before the Ascension of Our Lord, the lectionary prompts us to consider the way in which Jesus continues to be present in the community of believers. The Gospel (John 14:23-29) tells us that Jesus and his Father long to abide with us, to come to us and to make their home in us. They do this by means of the Word:  Jesus says: ‘If any one loves me he will keep my word and my Father will love him and we shall come to him and make our home in him’.  So, if we really do love and revere Jesus, then we will ponder his word day and night, as did the Psalmist who wrote, ‘On my bed I remember you; on you I muse through the night …’(Ps 62) and then our triune God will dwell in us and we in God.

And there is more!  For those who welcome his word and keep his word, Jesus promises the gift of peace … a peace the world cannot give!  So, when surrounded by trouble, stressful situations and sadness, but also in the good moments in life, let us pray, because prayer – and praying the scriptures in particular – leads to peace. (See Hymn number 972 v.2 in Laudate)

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We begin our May Devotions by reminding you that each Tuesday there is Rosary in church from 6.45– 7.15pm and that on Saturday 7th May at 11.00am there will be a Mothers Mass preceded by a Procession of Our Lady’s statue at 10.45am.  All mothers of all ages are welcome.

                                                                                            Fr Philip Sainter

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