LCCC News Update September 2016

September 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. The Annual Walsingham Pilgrimage organised by the Diocese of Westminster will be held on Sunday 4/9/16 and there will be NO Chinese Mass on that day at Bethnal Green Church.

  2. On 15/9/16 is Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on a working day for many of our brothers and sisters so our Celebration will be held on Sunday 11/9/16 instead. Please bring food to share.

  3. The International Mass at Westminster Cathedral will be held on Sunday 18/9/16 at 5:30pm so we are leaving straight after our Chinese Mass Celebration. The second reading during that Mass will be read in Chinese by one person from our Community.

Reflection: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 14, 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 – Apo.11:19, 12:1-6, 10; Ps.44; 2nd Reading – 1Cor.15:20-26; Gospel – Lk.1:39-56]

“SHE WHO BELIEVED”

Today’s solemnity follow the readings of the Annunciation of our Lord Jesus Christ earlier on in the year (celebrated on the 25th March) where we were told what was God’s intention to save mankind and how Mary became part in the history of Salvation. In today’s gospel we are told what Mary did immediately after her reply to the Messenger: that she was ready to do God’s will. Mary not only “said” that she was ready to do the will of God, but we are specifically told that she also started to perform the will of God as soon as she could: “Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah…” She “…set out at that time…” and “…went as quickly as she could…” If she had made herself the “handmaid” of the Lord, then it follows that she had to hastily perform what she accepted to do – that is, to be open and to accept what is to be done to her according to the word of God. Mary’s readiness to do God’s will and then actually carrying out the will of God gave rise to other phenomenon. Her greeting was enough for the unborn child in Elizabeth’s womb to leap for joy (even though this child did not know Mary and the child that Mary was bearing). According to the Announcement of the Angel of the Lord, Mary had the Lord with her and so she was under the influence of the Holy Spirit. In this way she became the channel through which the same Holy Spirit could “fill” those who were open to Him with His presence. This is what happened to Elizabeth in today’s Gospel through Mary (who was filled with the Holy Spirit). Elizabeth’s astonishment and the loud cry she gave is her way of externalising the internal joy she was feeling. Elizabeth’s eulogy to Mary in today’s gospel seems to be coming from a person who already knew what God was doing in Mary. She also dares to ask a question which she does not wait to have an answer for: “Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?” The Annunciation gospel does not tell us if Elizabeth had any vision from the Angel of the Lord or if anything about God’s plan was disclosed to her. We were only told that to Mary, Elizabeth became a sign of God’s infinite love especially to Elizabeth because Elizabeth became with child though others called barren. When Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, she could recognise Mary from God’s point of view. Elizabeth could see Mary for what she truly was and in fact she calls Mary “the most Blessed” of all women and tells us why she is addressing Mary with that title: because Mary “believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Mary was indeed blessed by God himself because Mary believed and acted as a person truly faithful to the word of God and to what she herself had promised to the Lord.

“Lord, we all admire Mary for her relationship with You. On the one hand we see in her that person who was chosen by You to become the Mother of Jesus. On the other we see in her a person just like us dealing with the normal ups and downs of life. Lord, give us the wisdom to be like Mary where we totally believe in your word and carry out your will. Thank You Lord!”

 

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

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Reflection: Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

August 7, 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 – Wis.18:6-9; Ps.32; 2nd Reading – Heb.11:1-2,8-19; Gospel – Lk.12:32-48]

“…BY FAITH…”

Jesus wants to reassure his disciples by affectionately calling them “little flock” and putting their minds at ease by telling them that the Father is ready to give them the kingdom of heaven. How wonderful it is to know about the kindness of the Father who is “pleased” to share his love and his kingdom with his disciples. Yes, the Father is ready to share his kingdom with everyone. However, not “everyone” is ready to accept the Father’s invitation. Although it is an open invitation, the kingdom will only be given to those who make themselves disciples of Christ. That is, “only” those who are ready to listen to Him and follow Him, through Jesus, benefit from this offer. In other words, the “kingdom” will be given to those who “believe”. And the Father will be pleased to share his kingdom with someone who believes.

Experience has shown that Life has always been, and will continue to be an interrelationship between giving and receiving. One cannot only give or only receive. Life is a harmonious amalgamation of giving and receiving. In every relationship there is always this interchange of giving and receiving. It is the same with God. God is ready to give the kingdom. On the other hand his relationship with his “little flock” demands faith. The disciple of Jesus has to believe. It is the disciple’s own faith that gives rise to the relationship with God. Once this relationship, based on faith and love is established, it becomes a mutual exchange of love, faith and trust. Although God started this relationship first by showing love to the human race, the disciple continues in this relationship by showing faith in God. God gives love and trust (faith) to his disciple [God believes that the disciple is worthy to receive God’s love] and the disciple gives faith and love to God [the disciple loves God or else he would not be ready to believe in Him]. Once this relationship starts and subsists, it will continue to generate love and faith/trust…

With this in mind, one can understand the end lines of the gospel: “When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him.” The disciple who lives through faith in God knows that all he has was given to him by God Himself. The true disciple knows that God’s gifts ‘demand’ to be taken care of and once God’s gifts are taken care of, these will render other gifts… Furthermore, the same true disciple knows that God not only gives whatever the disciple needs, but he also knows that God shows His trust to those who are trustworthy. The ‘trust’ that God places has to be reflected by the disciple trusting themselves completely in the hands of God. Does our own relationship with God reflect this trust? It all depends on our faith and how deep we want our relationship with God to be.

“Lord, we say that we believe. Give us faith so big that we learn to truly let ourselves go completely into your hands to be able to create and cherish a true relationship with you. 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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