LCCC News Update July 2016

July 1, 2016

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. During the summer holidays, there will be a children’s catechism class to prepare the children of 8 years and above for their First Holy Communion.

  2. During August, we are organising a 1 day ‘Mother’s Seminar’ especially for those mothers in our community as well as ‘the mothers to be’ to attend. Further details will be given at a later date.

Reflection: Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 10, 2016

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 – Dt.30:10-14; Ps.68; 2nd Reading – Col.1:15-20; Gospel – Lk.10:25-37]

“WHO TOOK PITY ON HIM”

Although the story of “The Good Samaritan” is a very well-known parable, the dialogue leading up to the introduction of this parable is often overlooked, forgotten or not even taken into consideration. As always it is here that we have the keys to fully understand the parable.

We are told that “there was a lawyer”. We are not told anything about his religious cast (was he a Pharisee?). What we are told is that he is a Lawyer and therefore someone who makes his living through the Law i.e. someone who is interested in the practical aspects of the Law and not just the religious ones. Now, his question was aimed “to disconcert Jesus” and his question was a religious one: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” At first glance this question may have seemed quite simple and straightforward but on closer inspection the question is actually quite misleading: Is “Eternal life” something that one has to works for (i.e. so one must “do” something)? Or is “Eternal life” something that someone else has worked for and then one inherits it because it is given to him because the other one has died (i.e. without having done anything)?

Jesus’ answer using two further questions is quite revealing. The first question “What is written in the Law?” is about the Law itself i.e. the Law of Moses. Being a Lawyer, Jesus is aware that he will know the actual words written in the Law. The second question “What do you read there?” is a more direct question where Jesus is asking him about how he, as a Lawyer, interprets what is written. It is not a question about whether he agrees or not, but a direct question for him – the Lawyer – to do something: to read the Law and to interpret it.

When the Lawyer quotes what is written in the Law in one sentence and answers Jesus’ first question, Jesus praises him for giving the right answer “You have answered right”, but Jesus also takes this opportunity to remind the Lawyer to “do” what is written in it and therefore have life! But at the same time, the Lawyer fails to answer Jesus’ second more direct and personal question. This Lawyer was very good at talking about things that do not touch him directly – the Law (even though the answer about what this particular law says was a very interpersonal one). But he was not very good at talking about his own interaction with it. Instead of answering Jesus’ second question, he asks Jesus a further question “Who is my neighbour?” because the Lawyer was “anxious to justify himself”. Jesus responded to the Lawyer’s further question by telling the parable of “The Good Samaritan” and the story is very well known to us all. Jesus concludes the story with a question which is interesting because in doing so Jesus answered the last question that the Lawyer asked.

In truth, the Lawyer answered his own questions about the neighbour and about the eternal life. The Lawyer said that to have eternal life one has to do what God would do – i.e. have compassion – the same thing that is found in the Law. Jesus tells him that one has to work for eternal life: “Go, and do the same yourself”. To love God is to be united to Him and let Him work in each and every one of us!

Lord, it seems presumptuous for us to do what you do, but You made us according to your own image. Give us the strength to be able to be so united to You so You can act in us. Thank you Lord!”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

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Reflection: Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 3, 2016

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 – Is.66:10-14; Ps.65; 2nd Reading – Gal.6:14-18; Gospel – Lk.10:1-12, 17-20]

“…WRITTEN IN HEAVEN”

We are told that Jesus was teaching “seventy-two others” which did not comprise of the twelve

Apostles. Instead they were disciples appointed solely for the purpose of being “sent ahead of

Jesus”. Just like John the Baptist, they were to prepare the way of the Lord by following Jesus’ specific instructions:

  1. Jesus starts by highlighting the importance of PRAYER, asking the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. It is in the context of PRAYER that everything is to take place. As a consequence, whatever these seventy-two will be doing depends on their RELATIONSHIP with the Lord of the harvest.

  2. They do not have to wait for a particular moment – they have to start immediately. PRAYER (and therefore the RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD) is not to be delayed.

  3. Being in a RELATIONSHIP with God does not mean that one will not encounter DIFFICULTIES. Difficulties are part and parcel of life. Jesus is in fact sending them “like lambs among wolves”.

  4. So, through PRAYER and an honest RELATIONSHIP with God whenever we are faced with the inevitable DIFFICULTIES of life, if ENTRUSTED to God, He will take care of them and will provide accordingly. For this reason, one does not have to carry a purse, or a haversack or sandals.

  5. The disciples’ encounter with others should not be a quick, short and en passant one. Instead it should be in a house where they are welcomed. They have to take their time, and the first words are to be “Peace to this house”. This is not their ‘own’ peace, but the peace of the Lord.  Through PRAYER/RELATIONSHIP/TRUST in God, the appointed disciples will also bring the PEACE of God to the house in which they are welcomed and hosted.

  6. On the other hand, a welcoming house does not necessarily mean a house ready to accept the PEACE of GOD. If a house is open to both the disciple and the PEACE of God which the disciple brings in the name of Jesus, then this PEACE will “go and rest on that person”. However, if someone of the household is not open to the PEACE of God, it will simply return back to the disciple for him to share it with someone else.

  7. If the disciple goes to a place (be it a house or a town) and he is truly welcomed – given food and drink – because he is appreciated as one sent by Jesus, the same disciple is to announce the PRESENCE of God not only through words (such as “the Kingdom of God is very near to you”) but also through actions (such as curing those who are sick) which are truly not his own, but God’s action through him!

“Lord God, teach us to PRAY and create a RELATIONSHIP of TRUST with You, so that we can share Your PEACE and Your PRESENCE amongst us, through Christ our Lord! Thank You Lord”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

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