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…to our parish’s lay Ministers of Holy Communion.
Thank you for their regular service of the people of the parish – at Mass and in taking Holy Communion to those who are presently not able to come to Mass.
And thank you to them for coming to the time of reflection and prayer this afternoon, planning for future developments in this parish ministry.
Do please pray for our ministers, thanking God for their generosity and the care they take in what they do.
Exposition. Basilica of Pius X; Lourdes (c) 2016, Allen Morris
Tomorrow is CAFOD Harvest Fast Day.
It is a day that we are asked to keep as a day of fasting and abstinence in solidarity with those who struggle to support themselves and their families, especially in the Developing World.
Why not share with others the time you fast from a meal, reflect on the experience, and offer the prayer below together.
You are invited to make a donation to CAFOD which you can do either through the second collection on Sunday (Gift Aid envelopes are available) or direct through the CAFOD website.
Think of God’s mercy, my brothers, and worship him, I beg you, in a way that is worthy of thinking beings, by offering your living bodies as a holy sacrifice, truly pleasing to God. Do not model yourselves on the behaviour of the world around you, but let your behaviour change, modelled by your new mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do.
Second reading for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
God’s intimate commitment to us, most completely signified in the Incarnation, invites a passionate response from us. God’s life is revealed in humanity, and human life is most perfectly achieved in life lived in imitation of Jesus.
In a fallen world such a life involves us in confrontation of evil and sin – that of the world, not only that for which we ourselves are responsible. And sometimes that struggle will, in the sight of this world over whelm us – either because of their ‘triumph’ or our ‘failure’. And yet we are not overwhelmed or lost: the Lord’s triumph is shared with us, his life our eternal life.
Sometimes this is witnessed by this world, and sometimes it is not. The altar pictured above symbolises this. It has been reconstructed following the despoiling of the church during Soviet times – when the church was used sometimes as a garage, sometimes as a storehouse. It stands now as a sign of the resilience of the faith, and a poignant reminder of the witness provided during those tragic time by the fragile bodies and lives of Russian Christians, and an encouragement to the witness we ourselves might give today.
Altar in St Catherine’s Church, St Petersburg, Russia. (c) 2015, Allen Morris