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Sunday 30th October 2016

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15 am. Sung Mass at St. Peter's home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant Fr. Bob White Lover of Souls:Scott Hahn Reflects on the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File
Readings:
Wisdom 11:22-12
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10
Our Lord is a lover of souls, the Liturgy shows us today. As we sing in today's Psalm, He is slow to anger and compassionate towards all that He has made.

In His mercy, our First Reading tells us, He overlooks our sins and ignorance, giving us space that we might repent and not perish in our sinfulness (see Wisdom 12:10; 2 Peter 3:9).

In Jesus, He has become the Saviour of His children, coming himself to save the lost (see Isaiah 63:8-9; Ezekiel 34:16).

In the figure of Zacchaeus in today's Gospel, we have a portrait of a lost soul. He is a tax collector, by profession a "sinner" excluded from Israel's religious life. Not only that, he is a "chief tax collec…

Sunday 23 October 2016

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am Sung Mass at St. Peter's, Eastwood SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant -  Fr Jeff Woolnough 



No Favourites: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Visit : https://stpaulcenter.com/ Download Audio File
Readings:
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm 34:2-3,17-19, 23
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14
Jesus draws a blunt picture in today's Gospel.
The Pharisee's prayer is almost a parody of the thanksgiving psalms (see for example Psalms 30,118). Instead of praising God for His mighty works, the Pharisee congratulates himself for his own deeds, which he presents to God in some detail.
The tax collector stands at a distance, too ashamed even to raise his eyes to God (see Ezra 9:6). He prays with a humble and contrite heart (see Psalm 51:19). He knows that before God no one is righteous, no one has cause to boast (see Romans 3:10; 4:2).
We see in the Liturgy today one of Scripture's abiding themes—that God "k…

Sunday 16th October 2016

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am. Sung Mass at St. Peter's, Eastwood Parish. Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant Fr. Michael Halsall

Hope From on High: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File
Readings:
Exodus 17:8-13
Psalm 121:1-8
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8
The Lord is our guardian, beside us at our right hand, interceding for us in all our spiritual battles.

In today's Psalm we're told to lift our eyes to the mountains, that our help will come from Mount Zion and the Temple—the dwelling of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Joshua and the Israelites, in today's First Reading, are also told to look to the hilltops. They are to find their help there—through the intercession of Moses—as they defend themselves against their mortal foes, the Amalekites.

Notice the image: Aaron and Hur standing on each side of Moses, holding his weary arms so that he can raise the staff of God above his head. Moses is being shown here as a f…

Sunday 9th October

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am Sung Parish Mass at St Peter's Eastwood Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant Fr Jeff Woolnough Also Masses 8.30am & 6pm Blessed John Henry Newman Pray for us ! Returning Thanks:   Scott Hahn Reflects on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File Readings:
2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm 98:1-4
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19
A foreign leper is cleansed and in thanksgiving returns to offer homage to the God of Israel. We hear this same story in both the First Reading and Gospel today.
There were many lepers in Israel in Elisha's time, but only Naaman the Syrian trusted in God's Word and was cleansed (see Luke 5:12-14). Today's Gospel likewise implies that most of the ten lepers healed by Jesus were Israelites—but only a foreigner, the Samaritan, returned.

In a dramatic way, we're being shown today how faith has been made the way to salvation, the road by which all nations will join themselves to the Lord, becoming His serva…