Parish Priest of St Peter's Eastwood in the Diocese of Brentwood and Pastor to the Southend Ordinariate Mission based at St. Peter's Eastwood Parish, Leigh on Sea. 01702 525323 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this, the second-to-the-last week of the Church year, Jesus has finally made it to Jerusalem.
Near to His passion and death, He gives us a teaching of hope--telling us how it will be when He returns again in glory.
Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of a long discourse in which He describes tribulations the likes of which haven’t been seen “since the beginning of God’s creation” (see Mark 13:9). He describes what amounts to a dissolution of God’s creation, a “devolution” of the world to its original state of formlessness and void.
First, human community--nations and kingdoms--will break down (see Mark 13:7-8). Then the earth will stop yielding food and begin to shake apart (13:8). Next, the family will be torn apart from within and the last faithful individuals will be persecuted (13:9-13). Finally, the Temple will be desecrated, the earth emptied of God’s presence (13:14).
In today’s reading, God is described putting out the lights that He established in the sky in the very beginning--the sun, the moon and the stars (see also Isaiah 13:10; 34:4). Into this “uncreated” darkness, the Son of Man, in Whom all things were made, will come.
Jesus has already told us that the Son of Man must be humiliated and killed (seeMark 8:31). Here He describes His ultimate victory, using royal-divine images drawn from the Old Testament--clouds, glory, and angels (see Daniel 7:13). He shows Himself to be the fulfillment of all God’s promises to save “the elect,” the faithful remnant (see Isaiah 43:6; Jeremiah 32:37).
As today’s First Reading tells us, this salvation will include will include the bodily resurrection of those who sleep in the dust.
We are to watch for this day, when His enemies are finally made His footstool, as today’s Epistle envisions. We can wait in confidence knowing, as we pray in today’s Psalm, that we will one day delight at His right hand forever.
Fourth Sunday of AdventMasses 6pm Saturday Vigil 23rd December Sunday 24th 8.30am 10.15am _______________________________________ Christmas Mass Times St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISHHome to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Christmas Eve 6pm Vigil Mass especially for families with young children 12 am Mass of Midnight and the Blessing of the Crib ________________________________ Christmas Day Monday 25th December Mass of the Dawn 8.30am Mass of the Day 10.15am Octave daily Masses 9.30am
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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
31stSunday in Ordinary TimeMasses 8.30am 10.15am 6pm We welcome Fr Lee Bennett as Principal Celebrant at the 10.15am Mass _______________________________________ St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea SS9 4BXEASTWOOD PARISHHome to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Calling the Fathers: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileReadings: Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10 Psalm 131:1-3 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 Matthew 23:1-12
Though they were Moses’ successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemns in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter and be closed off from God.
In a word, Israel’s leaders failed to be good spiritual fathers of God’s people. Moses was a humble father-figure, preaching the law but also practicing it – interceding and begging God’s mercy and forgiveness of…