"Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest."

      Our parish is part of the Archdiocese of Westminster and is situated in the heart of London. 
      It is home to a vibrant, exciting and culturally diverse community, sharing our lives and 
      growing in faith together. Our website aims to provide a taste of all the many different groups 
      in our parish, all of which are centred firmly in The Good News of Christ. 

      We strive to provide a loving welcome to all who pass through our parish, but nothing can     
      substitute for coming and sharing in our worship with us.

  • Twenty-Second Sunday Of The Year


    After five Sundays on which we have been reflecting on Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist – the Bread of Life - from John’s Gospel,  today we return to Mark’s Gospel. As so often we discover Jesus surrounded by a large crowd, up in Galilee. But this time the locals have been joined by important religious officials from Jerusalem who have come to cast a critical eye over all this Galilean excitement. It is a bit like a modern day health and safety inspection!

    The Pharisees were dedicated to preserving and protecting the Jewish faith. This in itself was good but they had become obsessed with the danger of contamination – whether from other religions, foreign cultures or ordinary plain dirt. They had made a kind of negative religion out of dirt – people were overburdened with countless rules focused on outward hygiene and cleanness. A bit like the way today that political correctness or excessive health and safety regulations can triumph over common sense. I read an article recently saying that children in most schools in England are now banned from playing conkers! 

    The Pharisees therefore decide to confront Jesus, seeing that some of his disciples were not scrupulously observing the strict rules about washing before meals. This means that they wasted the opportunity to listen to his teaching or see the significance of his miracles and healings. They have become life ivy wrapping itself around a healthy tree and sucking the life out of it – not leading others to God, to truth, to life but in fact getting in the way. This is the opposite of what God wants of us – He wants us to live the spirit of the law and not to use our own version of the law against others. Life can be very messy and challenging, and we need to live each day rooted in the love and mercy of God, asking for His grace to live and love as Jesus did. And that often means getting our hands dirty!

    With blessings & prayers, Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem and the parish team.    
    Posted by OLOFC Admin
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