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posted 15 Apr 2018, 14:25 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London   [ updated 15 Apr 2018, 14:25 ]

Friendship, Faith & Food!

Having heard from both Mark and John’s Gospel over the last two Sundays, today we hear from Luke’s Gospel about how the Risen Jesus appeared to the disciples in the Upper Room. I think their experience together takes us to the heart of it means to be a parish community, united in Christ.

Firstly, Jesus restores his friendship with the disciples. With the simple word “Shalom – Peace be with you” he puts them at their ease and removes any feelings of guilt and shame they may have from abandoning him on the cross. Jesus understands perfectly that before we can be really open to receive from God and from each other, our fears and anxieties must be calmed. I would say that friendship with God – love of his presence & will for our lives – and with each other – a real desire to know and be known by others – are the essentials for real growth in our life in God and in the Church. This means that we have to actively seek to deepen these friendships.

Secondly, we see that it is not enough for the Risen Christ simply to appear to his disciples, or even for them to touch his wounds – we read how Jesus had to “open their minds” to the reality of the Resurrection by revealing to them the meaning of Sacred Scripture. He was thus deepening their faith and this is the second thing which sustains and helps us to grow spiritually. We too need to study our faith, to actively seek a deeper understanding.

Finally, we see how Jesus unites the disciples by eating with them – yes, the importance of food shared together – both at the table of the Eucharist and in our social contact as a community. For Luke the greatest sign of community is to share a meal with somebody. Food is a sign of trust and of communion. 

This weekend we will hear about an initiative to strengthen our friendships and faith (with food!) – the Catholic Voices course which starts on Sunday 29th April. I pray that as many of you as possible will join us on this journey!

With Easter blessings & prayers - Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team