"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.
Today’s Gospel continues immediately after the appearance of the risen Christ to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Do you remember how he literally turned their lives around when he joined them on the road as they hurried away from Jerusalem after the crucifixion, broken and dejected. But as Jesus explained to them how his death actually fulfilled all that had been written in the Scriptures, he restored their hope and faith until they finally recognised him when he broke bread with them at the supper table. They then ran back to Jerusalem to share with the disciples the news that Jesus truly was alive!
So we can imagine how the two disciples have just arrived back in the Upper Room late at night, excited and breathless, hardly able to put into words all they have experienced. And suddenly Jesus is standing among them all, putting everyone at ease with his greeting of “Peace be with you.” Their anxiety and fears turn to joy as Jesus once again opens the Word of God for them and shows how the texts of the Hebrew Scriptures are fulfilled in him. And just as with the two disciples in Emmaus, he also eats with them – in Luke’s Gospel the greatest sign of community is to share a meal with somebody. And what a significant meal it was – grilled fish with all its bones and fat and mess! Jesus could not have chosen a clearer way to show that he is not a ghost but a real living presence among them – flesh and bone, just like the supper he is eating with them.
I hope that you can see the connections with our own resurrection encounter with Jesus. For every Sunday is for us a resurrection day, when our faith is nourished by the sacred texts read and explained to help us understand Jesus more, his mission and message, and then we too are invited to sit at table with Jesus and be fed by him. Experience the Real living Presence of the Risen Christ!
With Easter blessings and prayers, Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & all the parish team.