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Sunday 2 April 2017

5th Sunday of Lent Masses 8.30am   Sung at 10.15am  Evening 6pm St. Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Sourhend Ordinaraite Mission
At Lazarus’ Tomb:Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45

As we draw near to the end of Lent, today's Gospel clearly has Jesus' passion and death in view.

That's why John gives us the detail about Lazarus' sister, Mary—that she is the one who anointed the Lord for burial (see John 12:3,7). His disciples warn against returning to Judea; Thomas even predicts they will "die with Him" if they go back.

When Lazarus is raised, John notices the tombstone being taken away, as well as Lazarus' burial cloths and head covering—all details he later notices with Jesus' empty tomb (see John 20:1,6,7

Sunday 26th March 2017

4th in Lent- Laetare Sunday  ( Mothering Sunday) Masses   8.30am        10.15am-Sung    Evening 6pm St Peter's Cathgolic Church SS9 4XB Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Eyesight to the Blind: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Lent
Download Audio File Readings: 1 Samuel 16:16-710-13
Psalm 23:1-6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41 God's ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today's First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel—as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind.

The blind man stands for all humanity. "Born totally in sin" he is made a new creation by the saving power of Christ.

As God fashioned the first man from the clay of the earth (see Genesis 2:7), Jesus gives the blind man new life by anointing his eyes with clay (see John 9:11). As God breathed the spirit of life into the first man, the blind man is not healed until he washes in the waters of Siloam, a name that means "Sent."

Jesus is the One "sent&q…

Sunday 19th March 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent Masses 8.30am  10.15am Solemn   and Evening 6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 $BX Home to the Southend Ordinarite Mission

Striking the Rock: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Lent

Readings: Exodus 17:3-7 Psalm 95:1-26-9 Romans 5:1-25-8 John 4:5-15,19-26,39-42 The Israelites' hearts were hardened by their hardships in the desert. Though they saw His mighty deeds, in their thirst they grumble and put God to the test in today's First Reading—a crisis point recalled also in today's Psalm. Jesus is thirsty too in today's Gospel. He thirsts for souls (see John 19:28). He longs to give the Samaritan woman the living waters that well up to eternal life. These waters couldn't be drawn from the well of Jacob, father of the Israelites and the Samaritans. But Jesus was something greater than Jacob (see Luke 11:31-32). The Samaritans were Israelites who escaped exile when Assyria conquered the Northern Kingdom eight centuries before Christ (see 2 Kin…

Sunday 12th March 2017

2nd Sunday of Lent Masses  8.30am   10.15am (Solemn)  &  6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

Listen to Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Lent
The Transfiguration of the Lord

Readings: Genesis 12:1-4 Psalm 33:4-5,18-2022 2 Timothy 1:8-10 Matthew 17:1-9 Today's Gospel portrays Jesus as a new and greater Moses. Moses also took three companions up a mountain and on the seventh day was overshadowed by the shining cloud of God's presence. He too spoke with God and his face and clothing were made radiant in the encounter (see Exodus 24,34). But in today's Lenten Liturgy, the Church wants us to look back past Moses. Indeed, we are asked to contemplate what today's Epistle calls God's "design...from before time began." With his promises to Abram in today's First Reading, God formed the people through whom…

Sunday 5th March 2017

First Sunday in Lent Masses    8.30 am     10.15am- Solemn     Evening 6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX
home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

Scott Hahn reflects on this Sunday's Mass Readings...
Readings: Genesis 2:7-93:1-7 Psalm 51:3-612-14,17 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 In today's Liturgy, the destiny of the human race is told as the tale of two "types" of men—the first man, Adam, and the new Adam, Jesus (see 1 Corinthians 15:21-2245-59). Paul's argument in the Epistle is built on a series of contrasts between "one" or "one person" and "the many" or "all." By one person's disobedience, sin and condemnation entered the world, and death came to reign over all. By the obedience of another one, grace abounded, all were justified, and life came to reign for all. This is the drama that unfolds in today's First Reading and Gospel. Formed …