26th Sunday of the Year
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Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.
When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner."
Jesus said to him in reply, "Simon, I have something to say to you." "Tell me, teacher," he said.
Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days' wages and the other owed fifty.
Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both. Which of them will love him more?"
Simon said in reply, "The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven." He said to him, "You have judged rightly."
Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
You did not give me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she anointed my feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little. "He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." The others at table said to
themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" But he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
(Anointing of Christ by Bradi Barth see www.bradi-barth.org )
Tuesday 15th September Our Lady of Sorrows
Simeon said to Mary: Behold, this child is destined for the ruin and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign of contradiction; and your own soul a sword will pierce.
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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Peter answers with conviction because he knows he wants above all to follow Jesus……. But how, he does not yet know. All of us have to answer the question: Who do you say I am in our way or other, at many stages of our lives. May our answer be: Jesus the Saviour of the world and my saviour.
Feast of The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary 8th September
(The Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves 15th century)
The painting in the Arena Chapel, Padua is by Giotto 13th century.
In this painting, the Virgin is depicted twice: the main image shows
the birth and on the left, She is depicted being handed to Anna.
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’
(painting by El Greco, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
To gain balance in our lives is not always easy. The disciples had returned from the mission Jesus had sent them on, and they returned quite tired from the experience. Jesus said that they needed to come apart and rest awhile. Wishful thinking – He saw the crowds following them and took pity on them. Even in the Life of Jesus good intentions had to be shelved for “the great good”. Even though our lives may not have the balance we would like, God can still be there in the middle of our struggle, accompanying us in our difficulties.
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The Good Shepherd
by Duncan Grant in Lincoln Cathedral
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
There is a pattern in the life of Jesus, as portrayed by St. John in his gospel. Jesus spends time with his Father in prayer; He goes out from that into His public ministry; He reflects – He goes to His Father in prayer – etc.
All of us as Christians are called to do God’s work. We must never be afraid that it will be too much for us, or that we will not have the means. If God asks – He will provide. Dare to think beyond yourself; dare to think that because of you the church, the world, can change for the better.
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14th Sunday of the Year
Saints Peter and Paul Sunday 28th June
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
St. Peter and St. Paul were very different in background, personality, experience of life and especially in their manner of knowing Christ Jesus. Nevertheless, these two were chosen as people upon which the Church of God was to be built. It is encouraging for us to know that Christ’s call is tailored to each individual. It is a cause for mutual respect. We need to value God’s work in us so that we may be encouraged to give of ourselves more. There is a priority of commitment; to husbands and wives, to children, to the family of the Parish and then in ever increasing circles outwards. Do not forget to pray for your Parish family; our Bishop Peter, your Priest Richard, your Deacon John, and all those who make community possible. Thanks to you all, for all that you do.
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The Icon of Saints Peter & Paul is by Caroline Lees.
(Egg tempera & gold leaf 25 x 35 cms Private Commission)
The artist has kindly allowed us to use the image, so do take the time to look at her website.
Please see www.carolinelees-icons.co.uk