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Sunday 29th October 2017

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30 thSunday in Ordinary Time Masses  8.30am    10.15am     6pm _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

Love Commanded: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileReadings:
Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-44751
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40 Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17) And in today’s Gospel, He reveals that love – of God and of neighbour – is the fulfillment of the whole of the law (see Romans 13:8-10). Devout Israelites were to keep all 613 commands found in the Bible’s first five books. Jesus says today that all these, and all the teachings of the prophets, can be summarized by two verses of this law (see Deuteronomy 6:5Leviticus 19:18). He seems to summarize the two stone tablets on which God was said to have engraved the ten commandments (see

Sunday 22 October 2017

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29thSunday in Ordinary Time Masses  8.30am    10.15am     6pm _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

Caesar and the King: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileReadings:
Isaiah 45:1,4-6
Psalm 96:1,3-57-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21 The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today’s Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above (see John 19:11Romans 13:1). In effect, God says to every ruler what he tells King Cyrus in today’s First Reading: “I have called you . . . though you knew me not.” The Lord raised up Cyrus to restore the Israelites from exile, and to rebuild Jerusalem (see Ezra 1:1-4). Throughout salvation history, God has used foreign rulers for the sake of His chosen people. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to reveal God’s power (see

Sunday 8th October 2017

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27thSunday in Ordinary Time Masses  8.30am    10.15am     6pm _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Living on the Vine: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileIsaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:912-1619-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43 In today’s Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God. And the symbolism of today’s First Reading and Psalm is readily understood. God is the owner and the house of Israel is the vineyard. A cherished vine, Israel was plucked from Egypt and transplanted in a fertile land specially spaded and prepared by God, hedged about by the city walls of Jerusalem, watched over by the towering Temple. But the vineyard produced no good grapes for the wine, a symbol for the holy lives God wanted for His people. So God allowed His vineyard to be overrun by…