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Sunday 16 July 2017
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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
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 7:38; Revelation 22:1).
The first fruit of the Word is the Spirit of love and adoption poured into our hearts in baptism, making us children of God, as Paul reminds us in today’s Epistle (see Romans 5:5; 8:15-16). In this, we are made a “new creation” (see 2 Corinthians 5:17), the first fruits of a new heaven and a new earth (see 2 Peter 3:13).
Since the first humans rejected God’s Word, creation has been enslaved to futility (see Genesis 3:17-19; 5:29). But God’s Word does not go forth only to return to Him void, as we hear in today’s First Reading.
His Word awaits our response. We must show ourselves to be children of that Word. We must allow that Word to accomplish God’s will in our lives. As Jesus warns today, we must take care lest the devil steal it away or lest it be choked by worldly concerns.
In the Eucharist, the Word gives himself to us as bread to eat. He does so that we might be made fertile, yielding fruits of holiness.
And we await the crowning of the year, the great harvest of the Lord’s Day (see Mark 4:29; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 1:10)—when His Word will have achieved the end for which it was sent.
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
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…