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LCCC News Update July 2017

July 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. On 1/10/2017 a Bishop will come to celebrate the Confirmation Mass for our Community. Anyone who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Fr Joseph as soon as possible so that he can notify the Diocese.

  2. There will be Summer Catechism classes for children aged 5 years and above. The time of the classes is not finalised yet. Parents are urged to take their children to these classes during the summer holiday.

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Reflection: The Most Holy Trinity

June 11, 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 – Ex.34:4-6,8-9; Dan.3; 2nd Reading – 2Cor.13:11-13; Gospel – Jn.3:16-18]

“FATHER-SON-HOLY SPIRIT”

Jesus is speaking with Nicodemus and it is clear that Jesus’ relationship with Nicodemus is quite different from the relationship with his own disciples. For a start, Jesus is speaking with a Rabbi … a learned person, a Teacher who knows what is written in the scriptures (the Old Testament).

At the same time Jesus understood that he could be more open with Nicodemus, and so Jesus revealed, to this “highly cultured” individual, things that would be quite difficult to grasp and understand by the simple uneducated “work orientated minds” of his own disciples! Alas, even Nicodemus struggled to fully understand… or rather, he was not yet ready to accept Jesus’ teaching, which placed Nicodemus as one of those who “refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son”.

Let us take a moment to consider why Nicodemus is put before us as an example: Nicodemus has demonstrated an interest in Jesus’ teaching by taking the initiative to go and talk to Jesus during the night (where Jesus would have more free time to dedicate to listening as well as talking to him). Now, Nicodemus knew what was written about the Messiah, and therefore must have realised that Jesus was acting like the foretold Messiah. But there is something in Nicodemus’ cultural formation that placed his acceptance of what Jesus said in an awkward position: namely, that there is only one God, so how can it be that this Jesus speaks about the ‘Son of God’? This concept was so difficult for Nicodemus to grasp that Nicodemus simply ‘refused to believe’. Although Nicodemus was a highly cultured man, he still found it difficult to understand and to accept Jesus’ teaching about ‘God’ and his ‘Son’. Jesus was speaking of only two persons of the Trinity (He has not mentioned the Holy Spirit yet!) and still for Nicodemus this was too incomprehensible and unacceptable.

So, how do we compare with Nicodemus? Well, unlike Nicodemus, we are not highly literate in the sense of what the scripture says. Unlike Nicodemus it often happens that we are not ready find the time to create a dialogue with Jesus (and let him speak to us). But like Nicodemus we may struggle to believe and at times we may also ‘refuse to believe’ because we have our own fixed ideas of how things are/should be and deep down we do not really want to change.

Furthermore, Nicodemus had only two persons of the Trinity (the Father and the Son) to deal with and we have all three (the Holy Spirit with the Father and the Son)… and understandably this could make things even more difficult to grasp. Jesus is quite aware of this and so he is asking us to simply believe in him, and in doing so, we may arrive to ‘understand’ the mystery of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is not to ‘understand’ in a ‘cultural/literate’, but in a ‘spiritual’ sense which can only be achieved through faith in Jesus. Once we believe in the Son of God, we may have eternal life (as Jesus promised) and therefore we can ‘understand’ the true meaning of what Jesus tried to reveal when he spoke about his Father in heaven and the Holy Spirit that he gives to those who believe in him.

“Lord, bestow on us the gift of faith. Help us to be readily open to your word and to create a relationship with you and through you to create a relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  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: Pentecost

June 4, 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 2:1-11; Ps.103; 2nd Reading – 1Cor.12:3-7,12-13; Gospel – Jn.20:19-23]

“PEACE BE WITH YOU”

When one reads the Scriptures, one is often amazed at how the same things are presented and told in different ways, different points of view but with a common, though seemingly different, conclusion.

Today’s gospel starts by telling us that the disciples were behind closed doors because they were afraid of the Jews. At the same time we are told that Jesus came and stood among them and they were filled with joy on seeing him. The disciples experienced the contrasting feelings from being ‘closed and afraid of the Jews’ to being ‘filled with joy’ when Jesus came and stood among them. In today’s readings we have the same story where the disciples receive the Holy Spirit, but we have two different versions of it.

In the first reading we hear that the coming of the Holy Spirit was a noisy and a colourful event. We are told that the noise filled the entire house in which the disciples were sitting.  Furthermore, to provoke our imagination, we are told that something like tongues of fire appeared to them which then separated and came to rest on each of their heads. As a consequence, they started to give evidence and began to speak foreign languages. In the gospel, the same story is told but without such imaginative aids. We are told that Jesus simply appeared and stood among them, assuring them that it was really him (by showing them his hands and his side) and after he gave them his “Peace” (for the second time), he told them what he was going to do with them – by sending them as Jesus himself was sent – and finally he breathed on them, giving them the Holy Spirit.

The action of receiving the Holy Spirit in the two accounts is quite different. But despite these differences, there are some important commonalities:

– The Holy Spirit is given from Heaven (or from Jesus)…

– The others receive the Holy Spirit because they decided to follow and stay close to Jesus as his disciples…

– The Holy Spirit gives the disciples the courage to speak (gift of speech) and to give evidence…

– The Holy Spirit also gives the disciples the opportunity to do things that only God can do (such as forgiving or the retaining of sins). In other words the Holy Spirit will work through them…

We too have received the Holy Spirit in our Baptism and then confirmed through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Although we do not know how we received him, we do know that we have the Holy Spirit because we are baptised… However, we also know that just having the baptismal certificate and the Confirmation are not enough for we also have to follow Christ and his teaching… until the end. We have to let the Holy Spirit work in us and – most important – work through us. Then what Paul says in today’s second reading will be true in our lives: “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord’ unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit”.

“Lord, you gave us the Holy Spirit. Give us the wisdom to let Him work in us and through us! 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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