Sunday 2nd August
+18th Sunday in Ordinary time
This newsletter comes at the start of the month of August which we would normally think of as a time of holiday and rest. In this year it is not clear exactly how we should consider this month. Hopefully some people will still be able to benefit from a time of stopping and recharging. We all know that the world is going through a very significant time and in so many ways it is not entirely obvious how we should react. What we can receive from our faith is however that, at all times, we are given the opportunity to trust in God and to seek the path of believing that he is in ultimate control of our world and our lives. What this gives to us is a mysterious sense of peace that in the end everything will work out in the best way according to God’s will if we keep trusting in him. The central doctrine in our faith of the almighty sufficiency of the death and Resurrection of Jesus our Saviour is such that it calls us to trust in God – no matter what. It is certainly not always easy to see this when we lack the evidence but if we can put our hand into the hand of our loving God we can walk forward with a confidence and security in life.
In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear of the providential care of Jesus displayed when feeding the crowd of five thousand with the miracle of the loaves and fish. This extravagant miracle speaks to us of the mystical gift of the Bread of Life, the Eucharist, which is at the source and summit of our faith. Christ gives us his very self, his own Body and Blood, as the most inestimable gift to ensure that we remain united to him in a deep and holy communion. This extravagant gift of his love is made ours by his sacrifice and by the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. Through this God comes to dwell within us to support us in all our needs and open up the treasures of divine life for us so that we can live with him in this world and be with him in the next. This month we also celebrate two beautiful feasts which speak to us of the hope of heaven in different ways; the Transfiguration of Our Lord and the Assumption of Our Lady. In these feasts both Jesus and Mary show us the hopeful vision of what happens when God is allowed to work freely in our lives – he transforms us into what we were created to be: citizens of heaven. In our daily lives we can draw inspiration and hope from these feasts as we seek to allow God this freedom , giving him our hearts and our will, humbly seeking his mercy in our faults and failings and endeavouring to share God’s love in this world, especially to those most in need.
Throughout history so many people have walked this path and handed on to the next generation the witness and example of their lives. Thanks to all of them we have now inherited the Church they believed in and cherished. In our own days it seems that it is now our turn. Perhaps we wonder what we can do for the world, especially at such a time as this when it appears such big solutions are needed to solve our present situation. The Christian response has always meant beginning with trust in God and then seeking to live an authentic and sincere life as possible. Many people in today’s culture are prevented from knowing God as their loving Father because of the messages of secularism and atheistic and materialist ideas about the purpose of life. In some way this means that God cannot help them as much as he would like. We can therefore pray for all our brothers and sisters around the world in all their needs at this time so that they can discover the truth of who they really are and the place of God’s promises in their lives. We can pray for healing and help to come from heaven so that our generation can learn to see the hope offered in the Transfigured glory of Jesus and the call to share in the heavenly life of Our Blessed Mother who has been Assumed to join her Son and who prays most lovingly for all God’s children.
This newsletter will be the last for this month to allow a break for the parish office. The church remains open every weekday from 10am till 12pm with the Rosary at 10am, then Mass celebrated at 10.30am followed by an extended time of Eucharistic adoration. Sunday Masses remain at 6pm on Saturday and 10am and 12pm on Sunday.
God bless you, Fr Martin
Hey God – A Story of Transformation
Me: Hey God.
Me: I’m falling apart. Can you put me back together?
God: I would rather not.
God: Because you aren’t a puzzle.
Me: What about all of the pieces of my life that are falling down onto the ground?
God: Let them stay there for a while. They fell off for a reason. Take some time and decide if you need any of those pieces back.
Me: You don’t understand! I’m breaking down!
God: No – you don’t understand. You are breaking through. What you are feeling are just growing pains. You are shedding the things and the people in your life that are holding you back. You aren’t falling apart. You are falling into place. Relax. Take some deep breaths and allow those things you don’t need any more to fall off of you. Stop holding onto the pieces that don’t fit you anymore. Let them fall off. Let them go.
Me: Once I start doing that, what will be left of me?
God: Only the very best pieces of you.
Me: I’m scared of changing.
God: But I tell you – you aren’t changing, you’re becoming!
Me: Becoming who?
God: Becoming who I created you to be! A person of light and love and charity and hope and courage and joy and mercy and grace and compassion. I made you for more than the shallow pieces you have decided to adorn yourself with that you cling to with such anxiety and fear. Let those things fall off of you. I love you! Don’t change! … Become! Become! Become who I made you to be. I will keep telling you this until you remember it.
Me: There goes another piece.
God: Yep. Let it be.
Me: So … I’m not broken?
God: Of course not! – but you are breaking like the dawn. It’s a new day. Become!!!
Author: Hey God. John Roedel