Parish Priest of St Peter's Eastwood in the Diocese of Brentwood and Pastor to the newly formed Southend Ordinariate Mission based at St. Peter's as from July 1st 2016. 01702 525323 e: email@example.com
Sunday 20th September 2015
25th in Ordinary Time-16th after Trinity
11am. Sung Mass - The Southend Ordinariate Mission
St John Fisher RC Church Manners Way Prittlewell SS2 6PT
Celebrant Co-Pastor Fr. Jeff Woolnough
Servant of All:
Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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In today's First Reading, it's like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests and scribes - who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31;10:33-34).
The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord's Passion. We hear His enemies complain that "the Just One" has challenged their authority, reproached them for breaking the law of Moses, for betraying their training as leaders and teachers.
And we hear chilling words that foreshadow how they will mock Him as He hangs on the cross: "For if the Just One be the Son of God, He will...deliver Him..." (compare Matthew 27:41-43).
Today's Gospel and Psalm give us the flip side of the First Reading. In both, we hear of Jesus' sufferings from His point of view. Though His enemies surround Him, He offers himself freely in sacrifice, trusting that God will sustain Him.
But the apostles today don't understand this second announcement of Christ's passion. They begin arguing over issues of succession -- over who among them is greatest, who will be chosen to lead after Christ is killed.
Again they are thinking not as God, but as human beings (see Mark 8:33). And again Jesus teaches the Twelve -- the chosen leaders of His Church -- that they must lead by imitating His example of love and self-sacrifice. They must be "servants of all," especially the weak and the helpless - symbolized by the child He embraces and places in their midst.
This is a lesson for us, too. We must have the mind of Christ, who humbled himself to come among us (see Philippians 2: 5-11). We must freely offer ourselves, making everything we do a sacrifice in praise of His name.
As James says in today's Epistle, we must seek wisdom from above, desiring humility not glory, and in all things be gentle and full of mercy.
Finding Christ in the Psalms
Jesus taught His Apostles that the Book of Psalms speaks of Him and His mission. "Everything written about Me in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and Psalms must be fulfilled," He told them on the night of His Resurrection (see Luke 24:44).
This ancient practice continues in the liturgy. In the Psalms chosen for Sunday Mass readings, sometimes the Church invites us to hear a direct reference to Christ. Other times, we're invited to hear the voice of Christ crying out to the Father. And still other times, we hear the Father talking to the Son.
Psalm 54 is heard this way in the readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Originally sung by David when he was betrayed by the Ziphites (see 1 Samuel 23:19-25 and 26:1-3), we're invited to hear the Psalm as a confident appeal by Christ in His Passion: "Fierce men seek My life...Behold...the Lord sustains My life."
The same is true of the use of Psalm 116 in the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B). We hear our Lord's voice as He gives thanks that God has rescued Him, freed His soul from death and the snares of the nether world.
Holy Week at St. Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX PALM SUNDAY 8.30am Mass with Blessing of Palms 10.15am Solemn Concelebrated Mass with Procession and Blessing of Palms6pm Evening Mass with Blessing of Palms The face of the man on the Shroud of Turin Holy Monday9.30amHoly Mass11.30am Ordinariate Chrism Massat Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street London W1. Temple Tuesday6.30pm Holy Hour and Confessions7.30pm Holy Mass-Divine Worship the Missal Spy Wednesday9.30am Holy Mass10am Confessions7pm Diocesan Chrism Mass at Brentwood Cathedral THE SACRED TRIDUUM Maundy Thursday6pm Confessions8pm Mass of the Lords Supper, Madatum and Watch until Midnight Good Friday10am Stations of the Cross3pm Liturgy of the Lord's Passion Holy Saturday8pmThe Easter Vigil and reception of RCIA candidates Easter SundayMasses as usual Sunday times
24th DecemberVigil Mass 6pm12 Midnight: Mass of the Nativity and Blessing of the Crib preceded by Carols at 11.30pm. Priest available for confessions from 10.30pm.25th December Christmas Day 8.30am. Mass of the Dawn 10.15am. Mass of the Day. St Stephen's DayMonday 26 December Holy Mass 10am
Friday 30 December Feast of the Holy Family9.30am Holy Mass
Saturday 31 December 9.30am Mass followed by Exposition and confessions until 10.30am. SUNDAY 1st January 2017Mary Mother of GodMasses 8.30am 10.15am & 18.00pm
The Assumption of Our Lady Holy Day of Obligation transferred to Sunday 10:15am Sung Mass at St Peter's Eastwood Celebrant Fr Antony Homer - priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of WalsinghamSaid masses 8:30am and 18:00pm.