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Reflection: Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

September 3, 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 – Jer.20:7-9; Ps.62; 2nd Reading – Rom.12:1-2; Gospel – Mt.16:21-27]

NOT GOD’S BUT MAN’S

If Peter was to be rewarded according to his behaviour in today’s gospel, his reward would surely not be a very substantial one!

It is difficult enough for anyone to accept suffering and death, especially if it is of someone we know and love. How much more difficult it must have been for Peter to accept when Jesus spoke about his own grievous suffering and death. Even though Jesus also told Peter that he would be raised up on the third day, Peter was not really paying very much attention to what Jesus was saying. Instead Peter was so engulfed in his own thoughts and emotions when he told Jesus “…this must not happen” that Peter totally missed and ignored Jesus’ hint about the resurrection… and continued to focus only on Jesus’ suffering and death. Peter was not asking Jesus why it had to happen… Peter only expressed his thought (and wish) that “this must not happen!” As if Peter had the ability to do something about it!!! If Jesus helped everyone, why should Jesus suffer and be killed? With this line of thinking in mind, one can understand why Jesus called Peter Satan and called Peter an obstacle in his path in doing the Father’s will.

For Jesus, it must have been even more difficult: being one of us but also knowing that he was going to suffer grievously and die at the hands of the elders and the chief priests and the scribes. His suffering was not only physical but also psychological because those who knew what was written in the scriptures about him, were the same people who would make Jesus suffer and die, who would totally reject him and in doing so, they would also reject the Father in Heaven. Thus Peter’s comments in response to Jesus’ “suffering and death” meant that he did not understand Jesus which also meant that Peter (not too dissimilar to the elders, the chief priests and the scribes) was rejecting the Father and his will. Although Peter accepted Jesus for who Jesus is, Peter was not ready to accept the will of the Father: that Jesus was to suffer, die and give his life for “everyone” – yes, even for those who have not accepted him!

Once Jesus rebuked Peter for not accepting the will of the Father (i.e. Peter was not letting himself (and Jesus’ life) in the hands of the Father), Jesus reminds his disciples that if anyone wanted to follow him, they must renounce themselves and take up their cross and do what Jesus himself did, even if it meant that one must be ready to suffer and die (as Jesus did) if that was the will of the Father. Peter, and all the other Apostles and true followers of Jesus, understood this teaching and were ready to do the same thing. They suffered and gave their life (as Jesus did). Are we ready to do the Father’s will whatever this may ask from us?

“Lord, sometimes it is hard to understand the will of the Father. Give us a strong, unfailing faith to learn to let ourselves go in his hands. 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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LCCC News Update September 2017

September 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. 10-9-2017 Pilgrimage to Walsingham  – There will be NO Chinese Mass on that day.

  2. 24-9-2017 International Mass at 5:30 pm at Westminster Cathedral – we will leave together immediately after Chinese Mass, so there will be NO tea gathering. Please wear traditional Chinese costumes if possible.

  3. 1-10-2017 Confirmation Mass – For those brothers and sisters who are going to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, please arrive at the Church early for preparation.

  4. 4-10-2017  is Mid–Autumn Festival, our community is celebrating this festival on 1-10-2017 and the Confirmation celebration after Mass. Please bring food to share on thise happy occasion.

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Reflection: Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

August 27, 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 – Is.22:19-23; Ps.137; 2nd Reading – Rom.11:33-36; Gospel – Mt.16:13-20]

YOU ARE THE CHRIST

It was easy for the disciples to tell Jesus what “others” said about him. But when it came for them to speak about their own relationship with Jesus, they seem to have found some difficulties!!! In fact, while everyone was ready to repeat what “others” have said… it was only Peter who “spoke up” and said what was their (and in particular his) experience of who Jesus was.

It happens quite often in our own life too – whenever we speak about Jesus, God or our faith. We find it quite comfortable and easy to repeat what “others” say about these things, or what “others” have experienced or written, but when it comes to speak about our own experience… We often struggle with difficulties to speak about our own experience of Jesus, God, faith and we hardly have the courage to speak up about what we have experienced in our spiritual sphere. To understand more fully why this is the case we might want to consider the following reasons:

  1. We are “shy” or maybe we think it falls under “pride” to talk about these things (which is hardly – and never is – the case)…

  2. We do not have a true relationship with Jesus…

  3. There might also be some other hidden agenda lurking within us…

Peter’s own experience of Jesus is that he saw in Jesus the “Christ, the Son of the living God”. We all know very well that Peter later denied Jesus (three times!) and there was also a time when Jesus called Peter directly to his face ‘Satan’ because Peter did not let the Father of Heaven guide him in his thoughts. But when Peter was personally asked about Jesus, Peter talked about what was his own experience and not that of others… Jesus not only appreciated Peter’s sincerity and declaration, but he also made him a rock upon which he (Jesus) was to build his church. It is a Church that will stand firm as long as it is built on solid ground and have the presence of the Lord!!!

So too, Jesus is asking us this same question: “Who do you say I am?” He wants us to be conscious of ourselves and see what relationship we cherish with Him. He wants us to consider if we are true followers of Christ. He wants us to be aware of our worthiness and to give us the “keys of heaven” if we are worthy to act in his name. In the same way that he knew Peter was not perfect, he also knows we are not perfect but he wants us to co-operate with him and recognise him for what and who he is! But unless we create a true relationship with Jesus, we will never get to know him well. He knows of our forgetfulness too – that is why he will ask us the same question again: “Who do you say I am?”

“Lord, when you created us, you knew that we were fragile human beings and that we will give in to the temptations of the wicked one. At the same time you came into the world to be with us and to give us the help we need to create a relationship with you and with the Father. Lord, help us be that rock upon which we are worthy to carry your Church. 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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