LCCC News Update June 2017

June 1, 2017

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Tuesday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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  1. June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and we offer our sacrifices and prayers in reparation for the painful sufferings of the Sacred Heart.

  2. On 1/10/2017 our area Bishop will come to celebrate the Confirmation Mass for our Community.

  3. Spirit in the City will be held on 10/6/2017 at Leicester Square (Chinatown). It is a street evangelisation event of the Diocese of Westminster. Please enroll as volunteers in order to participate in the Diocese’s evangelisation work on that day.

 

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Reflection: Ascension of the Lord

May 28, 2017

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Tuesday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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[1st Reading – Acts 1:1-11; Ps.46; 2nd Reading – Eph.1:17-23; Gospel – Mt.28:16-20]

“TO THE END OF TIME”

These are the final words of Jesus to his disciples in the gospel of Matthew, before he left them to go to the Father. Although he is going to the Father, and therefore leaving them, Jesus promises the eleven disciples that he will still be with them… “always” and “till the end of time” which links in very well with what we have been hearing over these last few Sunday-gospel-readings. Jesus promised his disciples that He will live in those who love him, and who keep his commandments. He repeats the same message again in today’s gospel, giving it the double emphasis [“always” and “till the end of time”] to assure the disciples that “he is with them”. Jesus’ promise was kept. At the same time, the promises made by the Father in the Old Testament were kept – God promised the Emmanuel (meaning God with us) and He sent Jesus to become one of us. Also the promise of the Holy Spirit that God made through Jesus was kept. Even though (at this point in today’s gospel) they have not yet received him… but when they do receive the Holy Spirit they will be ready to be Jesus’ “witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth”. At the same time they can also act in the name of Jesus. These eleven disciples who were ready to love Jesus and keep his commandments, are ready to receive the Holy Spirit and therefore will be ready to become witnesses of their experience with Jesus. But until they receive the Holy Spirit (at Pentecost) it appears that their human fragility seems to have the better part of them.

This human fragility remains to be an essential part of the human being’s existence wherever and whoever one might be. We are told in today’s gospel that although Jesus had arranged to meet his eleven disciples on the mountain in Galilee (which means that they have already met the risen Lord) some of them still hesitated to fall down before him (i.e. adore him). There were obviously still some who doubted his presence, failed to recognise him and failed to recognise his power. They should have known better because (1) they were always with him, (2) they have witnessed many times how extraordinary he was when he was with them and (3) there were times when they themselves recognised him as the Son of the Living God or God himself. But despite having had all these experiences with Jesus, we are told that at the moment of truth, some of them still “hesitated”.

Quite often we find ourselves having doubts not too dissimilar as some of these eleven disciples. We do listen to the word of God, we do “know” Jesus, even though we did not have the same direct experience as that of the eleven disciples, we hear and listen to his word (either read for us or we read it ourselves), we are baptised and we know what Jesus said in today’s gospel and we know that he kept his word. We also know that He is with us always and to the end of time (as He promised).

“Lord, thank you for always being there for us. Thank you for wanting to become part of our human existence and take on you our strengths and weaknesses. Give us the wisdom we need to let the Holy Spirit that the Father promised (through you) make his dwelling in our hearts. Let us be always conscious that you are already with us and in us… yes, to the end of time! Thank you Lord!”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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Reflection: Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2017

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Tuesday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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[1st Reading – Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Ps.65; 2nd Reading – 1Pt.3:15-18; Gospel – Jn.14:15-21]

“SPIRIT OF TRUTH”

In last Sunday’s gospel, Jesus told his disciples that he was going to the Father to prepare a place for them near him. In today’s gospel, Jesus goes one step further in telling his disciples that they will not only be in the same place as Jesus, i.e. not only “near” him, but “in” him: “On that day you will understand that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you.”

So, Jesus speaks about “that day…”! What day is he actually talking about? When will the disciples understand that they will be in Jesus and, together with Jesus, they will also be in the Father? In other words, when will the disciples understand that there is a relationship between all three of them?

We are told by Jesus that “that day” would be when the Father will send the Spirit of truth, which Jesus calls the “Advocate”. This Advocate, as promised by Jesus is like Jesus and will stay with the disciples “forever”. Thus what Jesus is saying about the Advocate (or the Spirit of Truth) also holds true for the Father and for the Son. In other words, Jesus is opening up the relationship that is to be found in the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to the disciples as well. But to arrive to this relationship, one must “love Jesus” and “keep his commandments”. “To love” is not only a verb expressed in words, but it is also an action that creates a relationship – an affectionate and a respectful one. To “love Jesus” means that the disciple becomes eager to be in the company of Jesus, and through Jesus, he is also in the company of the Father and of the Spirit of Truth. Being eager to create (and maintain) this relationship means that one must receive the commandments of Jesus and keep them … not just memorising it, but also keeping it in his mind and heart through which he can show his love to Jesus. In doing so, one makes a dwelling place for God in his heart!

Therefore it all depends on our relationship with God and the recognition of the Spirit of Truth that is already dwelling with us and in us since we know both Jesus and the Father. Although Jesus is asking for our love, which in turn opens a door in our heart to make space for him, He is also offering us his love. The love that we show is something that reciprocates and generates love. It is not a one directional love but something that is both given and received at the same time. We are firstly loved by Jesus and he told us how much he loves us by going to the Father to prepare a place near him (Jesus) for us and by asking the Father to send us the Spirit of Truth.

He is asking for our love, which we can give not just by words, but also through our actions. In receiving our love, Jesus will then keep us with him and in him together with the Father and the Spirit of Truth.

“Lord, you love us so much that you want to create a relationship with us. Not only have you made us your disciples, but also you share with us the love that is between you, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Give us the wisdom and strength we need to truly love you and keep your commandments. Thank you Lord!”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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