THE LOVE AND SPIRIT OF THE CHURCH
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SERVICES RESUME SUNDAY 5th JULY
Mass @ 10:15am
For my yoke is easy
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Church is also open daily for private prayers between 10am and Noon
We will, naturally, observe everything needed to keep us safe and well. If you feel unsure about attending Mass, please do not worry. You can still join us with a spiritual communion service
Matthew certainly collects some rather odd sayings in today’s Gospel but they become a little less confusing if we remember that this method of teaching where one point was contrasted with an opposite one was quite often used in ancient times. This, of course, is most relevant with the reference to Jesus’ teachings being ‘hidden’, being revealed to children and infants and it is here that Jesus’ comment strikes home most effectively.
What he is really saying is that those who make it their job to interpret the Law, the Torah, can often create more confusion in their attempts than clarity, and this is as true today as it was then. As human beings we tend to have a need to make difficulties where there should be none, and no more so than when it comes to understanding the teachings of our Lord.
Jesus quite often took a child as an example of faith over understanding for, in God’s eyes the former overtakes the latter. Understanding in human terms focuses on the mechanics of something, be it a car, or a theorem or mathematical formula; in such things we can calculate the result, we can observe the cause and effect, we ‘understand’ the concept. But just think what a car trip means to a child – an exciting journey to a different place, an thrilling ride at speed with the wind blowing in your face, a trip into a new world – all most wonderful, and yet to most of us a car journey consists of making sure there’s enough petrol in the tank, that the tires have been pumped up or how much traffic are we likely to encounter. In such an approach we lose the simple wonderment and astonishment of the child and this is what Jesus is really talking about, our wonderment at God’s love for us as individuals, God’s compassion on our human weaknesses, His gift to us of freedom and redemption. If only we could see and accept these most wonderful gifts as a small child might, then would our joy be real and complete.
A MORNING PRAYER
Dear God, thank you for this new day and for the rest and peace of the
past night. May my time today be filled with you abiding presence and
all that I do, be it great or small. Take under your protection, Father,
those who work to alleviate the suffering of the sick and also those who
might go largely unnoticed in my life.
AN EVENING PRAYER
Thank you, Father, for the past day, for all those with whom I have
spoken, for my family, friends and neighbours, bless them, I pray, that
your love might shine in their hearts and that the coming night might be
filled with you peace and rest. Into your strong hands I place your
peoples and your creation with all our pains and worries, fears and
dreams. May you Holy Spirit grant rest to a world weary with cares so
that the future, which rests in your hands, may be the brighter with
your everlasting glory.
As we prepare to receive Christ in His Spiritual Sacrament we take time to pray for those who have asked and are in need of our prayers; we pray for he Church, the clergy and all its people and we especially hold before God those who will die today.
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them,
May they rest in peace and rise in glory, Amen.
ACT OF RECEPTION
In union, Father, with the faithful at every altar of your Church where the Blessed Body and Blood of your Son is being offered, I desire to join my humble praise and thanksgiving with them. I believe that you are very present in the most Holy Sacrament and since I am exiled from receiving you sacramentally I pray that you will come spiritually into my heart that I may be united with you in my very soul. Lord Jesus, never let me be parted from you and grant that I may always live in you Love, Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus, dwell in me in the fullness of your strength, in the perfection of your ways and in the holiness of your Spirit; rule over every hostile power and doubt that I may be truly yours in the power of the Spirit and to the glory of the Father. Amen.
May the Body and Bold of our Lord, Jesus Christ, preserve my body and soul to everlasting live, Amen.
ACT OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING
O God, who through the resurrection of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ didst vouchsafe to give joy to the world: grant, we beseech thee, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. We ask this through Christ our risen Lord. In the name of Christ, Alleluia! Alleluia!!
WELCOMING YOU TO OUR CHURCH
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Our doors are open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9am and 12 noon. Feel free to drop in and say hello or to spend some quiet time in God's presence.
“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations” Isaiah 56
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires are known and to whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy Name, through Christ our Lord, Amen.