Sometimes…

Sometimes we say, “It’s impossible.” But Jesus says in Luke 18:27, “Things that are impossible for men are possible for God.”
Sometimes we say, “I’m too tired.” But Jesus says in Matt 11:28 “Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest.”

Sometimes we say, “Nobody really loves me.” But in John 3:16 we read that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.
Sometimes we say, “I can’t go on.” But Jesus told Paul, “My grace is enough for you: for power is at full stretch in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)

Sometimes we say, “I can’t do it.” But Paul wrote in Phil 4:13, “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.”
Sometimes we say, “I’m not able.” But Paul wrote in 2 Cor 9:8, “There is no limit to the blessings which God can send you – he will make sure that you will always have all you need for yourselves in every possible circumstance, and still have something to spare for all sorts of good works.”

Sometimes we say, “I can’t forgive myself.” But Paul wrote in Rom 8:1, “Those who are in Christ Jesus are not condemned, the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
Sometimes we say, “I can’t manage.” But Paul wrote in Phil 4:19, “God will fulfill all your needs in Christ Jesus as lavishly as only God can.”

Sometimes we say, “I’m afraid.” But in 2 Tim 1:7 we read, “God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity but the spirit of power and love and self-control.”
Sometimes we say, “I’m always worried and frustrated.” But Peter wrote in 1 Pet 5:7, “Unload all your worries onto God since he is looking after you.”

Sometimes we say, “I’m not smart enough.” But Paul wrote in 1 Cor 1:30 “God has made you members of Christ Jesus and he is our wisdom.”
Sometimes we say, “I feel all alone.” But in Heb 13:5 God says, “I will never fail or desert you.”

Anonymous

Which is the dream?

“Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you, if you will prostate yourself and worship me.” At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.”

Once more I turned to poet Malcolm Guite for a sonnet commentary on the last temptation from toady’s Gospel https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/tag/lent/:

“So here’s the deal and this is what you get:
The penthouse suite with world-commanding views, The bankers bonus and the private jet
Control and ownership of all the news
An ‘in’ to that exclusive one percent,
Who know the score, who really run the show
With interest on every penny lent
And sweeteners for cronies in the know.

A straight arrangement between me and you
No hell below or heaven high above
You just admit it, and give me my due
And wake up from this foolish dream of love…” But Jesus laughed, “You are not what you seem. Love is the waking life, you are the dream.”

Fr Matthew

Enhancing our Sunday mass part II

The celebration of our Sunday Eucharist forms the highest part of the week. At Mass we gather as a community of believers, and fulfill Our Lord’s command to “do this in memory of me”. We open ourselves up to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who seeks to strengthen us, enabling us to proclaim the Good News in the world to the people we meet.

Music Group at Christ the King

In an effort to enhance the dignity of our celebration, I am looking to establish a regular music group for the 6pm Saturday Mass at Christ the King, and, being a musician, I am willing to assist in the establishment of such a group. The Fathers of Vatican II remind us of the importance of singing as a fundamental component in our Mass: “Therefore sacred music is to be considered the more holy in proportion as it is more closely connected with the liturgical action, whether it adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites. But the Church approves of all forms of true art having the needed qualities, and admits them into divine worship.” If you are able to contribute to establishing a music group for the Saturday evening Mass, whether in playing the piano, organ, or another musical instrument, or through singing in a choir, to lead and maintain the singing, please speak to me, Deacon Daniel directly, or to Fr Matthew.

Serving at St Brigid’s

It is a great privilege to assist the priest and the deacon at the altar during the Mass. The role of the altar server within the Mass is essential, not only to prepare the sanctuary, but also to ensure that distractions are kept to a minimum, and so enable people to pray and participate in the Mass. Over recent years, there has been a decline in servers to assist in our celebrations, particularly the 11am Mass at St Brigid’s. If you have made your First Holy Communion, and would like to serve Mass, in any of the 3 Churches, please speak with Canon Matthew or me Deacon Daniel after Mass. I should add that we hope to have a get-together for all our servers soon, something like a fish’n’chips supper!

Deacon Daniel