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Our parish is part of the Diocese of Westminster and is situated in the heart of London.
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17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Posted by OLOFC AdminFr Israel writes… Jesus’ trust in the Father is absolute and so he urges us to learn to trust as he does. As we hear him say in today’s Gospel: “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened to you.” We are living in a time of deep crisis and confusion so once again we need to ask for and learn this deeper trust from Jesus. Trust is not a naïve or passive attitude of sitting around waiting for better times, but rather a radical and prophetic behaviour of following Jesus the Christ right here and now. All hands must be on deck; the youth, in particular must rise up to the challenge of accepting God’s call to be the light of the world and helping to rebuild God’s Church in every way possible.Jesus gives us three invitations to trust in God in today’s Gospel:“Ask”- is the proper attitude of the poor who need to receive from another what they cannot get by their own effort. Jesus sees his followers as men and women who are poor, conscious of their frailty and extreme poverty without any pride or self-sufficiency. It is, in fact, not shameful to live in a Church which is poor, weak and deprived of power. We need to rely on God and not on the world.“Seek”- goes beyond asking. It means stepping out in faith to reach something that is hidden from us. Jesus sees his followers as seekers of God’s Kingdom and justice. It is important that we are not afraid to go beyond what is safe and familiar, and seek together new paths to sow the Gospel in our modern culture.‘Knock” - is to make a loud noise for someone with whom we urgently need to communicate. Thus Jesus shouts out to his Father in the loneliness of the cross. From all the challenges, frustrations, contradictions, difficulties - marriages, ill-health, joblessness, anxieties etc… - do we really call out to Jesus in prayer and trust absolutely in his power and mercy?-“ Lord, teach us to pray, and to trust”!With blessings from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem, Fr Israel and Deacon Patrick.
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- All those taking part in World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.
- The victims and all affected by recent terrorist attacks in France & Germa.
- Teachers and pupils (and parents!) as they begin their summer holidays.
- Our housebound and sick parishioners and all who care for them.
- Our new Prime Minister and her Cabinet.
POPE FRANCIS ON GOD'S MERCY:
“Jesus teaches us in the Our Father prayer that the only way to reach the truth of our existence is to every day seek to do the will of our merciful Father. With Jesus let us say the Lord’s Prayer, which is a prayer which unites us with others and with Him who is the brother who gave his life for us. If we say ‘Father’ with our lives, more and more we will be his true children.”
Daily Reflection, 22nd July 2016
PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY
THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To shelter the homeless
To visit the sick
To visit the imprisoned
To bury the dead
THE SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
To counsel the doubtful
To instruct the ignorant
To admonish sinners
To comfort the afflicted
To forgive offences
To bear wrongs patiently
To pray for the living and the dead