Showing posts from July, 2017

Sunday 30th July 2017

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Masses at Saint Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea Eastwood Parish 8.30am.                  10.15am-Sung        Evening 6pm

Treasures of the Kingdom: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Download Audio File Readings 1 Kings 3:57-12
Psalm 119:577276-77127-130
Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 13:44-52 What is your new life in Christ worth to you? Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today’s Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel today, sell all that you have in order to possess the kingdom He promises to us? If God were to grant any wish, would you follow Solomon’s example in today’s First Reading—asking not for a long life or riches, but for wisdom to know God’s ways and to desire His will? The background for today’s Gospel, as it has been for the past several weeks, is the rejection of Jesus’ preaching by Israel. The kingdom of heaven has come into their midst, yet many cannot see that Jesus is t…

Sunday 16 July 2017

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Masses: 8.30am      10.15am        6pm
St Peter's Catholic Church Eastwood Parish Leigh on Sea SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

The Word’s Return: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 65:10-14
Romans 8:18-23
Matthew 13:1-23 Today’s readings, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? That question underlies today’s Gospel, especially. Again we see, as we did last week, that the kingdom’s mysteries are unfolded to those who open their hearts, making of them a rich soil in the which the Word can grow and bear fruit. As we sing in today’s Psalm, in Jesus, God’s Word has visited our land, to water the stony earth of our hearts with the living waters of the Spirit (see John 7:38Revelation 22:1). The firs…

Sunday 9th July 2017

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sea Sunday) Mass 8.30am  Sung Mass at 10.15am Evening Mass at 6pm
St Peter's Catholic Church Parish of Eastwood Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

A Yoke for the Childlike: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Download Audio File Readings: Zechariah 9:9-10
Psalm 145:1-28-1113-14
Romans 8:911-13
Matthew 11:25-30
Jesus is portrayed in today’s Gospel as a new and greater Moses. Moses, the meekest man on earth (see Numbers 12:3), was God’s friend (see Exodus 34:12,17). Only he knew God “face to face” (see Deuteronomy 34:10). And Moses gave Israel the yoke of the Law, through which God first revealed himself and how we are to live (see Jeremiah 2:205:5). Jesus too is meek and humble. But He is more than God’s friend. He is the Son who alone knows the Father. He is more also than a law-giver, presenting himself today as the yoke of a new Law, and as the revealed Wisdom of God. As Wisdom, Jesus was present before creation as the…

Sunday 2 July 2017

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Morning Mass 8.30 am Sung Mass 10.15am  Evening Mass 6pm St. Peter's Catholic Church - Eastwood Parish, Leigh on Sea.
To Find Our Lives: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Download Audio File 2 Kgs 4:8–1114–16 Ps 89:2–3,16–19 Rom 6:3–4,8–11 Mt 10:37–42 The Liturgy this week continues to instruct us in the elements of discipleship. We’re told that even the most humble among us have a share in the mission Christ gives to His Church. We’re not all called to the ministry of the Apostles, or to be prophets like Elisha in today’s First Reading. But each of us is called to a holy life (see 2 Timothy 1:91 Thessalonians 4:3). At Baptism our lives were joined forever to the cross of Christ, as Paul tells us in today’s Epistle. Baptized into His death, we’re to renounce sin and live for God in Christ Jesus. We are to follow Him…