28 February 2021
Sunday: second Sunday of Lent
Contents: The Gospel Reflection
Notices (Including details of Live-Streamed Mass)
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: Mark 9:2-10
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus, ‘Rabbi’, he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him. ‘Then suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.
As they came down the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.
Gospel Reflection : “Glory Be To God For Dappled Things……..”
When on the mountain Jesus began to shine like the sun, he showed to his disciples his glory. It was a splendour that turned into absolute beauty, in fact the glory and beauty all of us are meant to share.
It is the glory and beauty we can trace in poetry and music, in dance and architecture, in sculpture and painting. It is the glory we sometimes touch in our prayers and liturgy, and at a moment of reconciliation and forgiveness.
But it is also what we experience throughout our lives, in friendship and in love. For we are destined to shine in glory and beauty, not just when we have reached perfection, but now, in our relationships and in our sensitivity to the world around us. At this time of Lent, however, let us remember where our praise is due. As Gerard Manley Hopkins ends his beautiful poem : – “He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change : Praise Him” !
We Remember In Our Prayers Betty Walsh and Anita Aisbitt whose Funerals were last week, Julie Richardson whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Tuesday, 2nd March, Bernard Mann whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Friday, 5th March, Win Ward whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s on Tuesday 9th March, and Tommy McShane whose Funeral has yet to be arranged. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time.
The Live-Streamed Sunday Mass from St. Teresa’s is at 10 am during lockdown. Go to this website address, which you are on now, st-teresas-cleveleys.co.uk, and click on ‘Live Streaming’.
A Prayer That We Can All Say Together At The Time Of Communion At A LIve-Streamed Mass :
My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I long for you to be with me.
I embrace you
and unite myself to you.
come spiritually into my heart.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
For the last two weeks you will have read about Abdella’s story depicting the plight of many
vulnerable communities around the world.
This Lent let us walk alongside Abdella, and the millions of other people like him who do not have
access to safe drinking water. Sharon Jones, one of our parishioners, is also walking alongside
Abdella this Lent by challenging herself to walk 10,000 steps, every day, for 40 days. You can sponsor
Other ways you can donate are by going to cafod.org.uk/give or via text. Text LENT to 70460 to donate £10.
*If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text LENTNOINFO to 70460.
Alternatively cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day which includes a Lent Calendar and
prayer card, the ‘Walk for Water’ scheme where we can be involved with and for Abdella. If you wish
to donate using the envelope, you can always do so by putting it through the presbytery letter box.
As always Sue Ward will be collating the donations, as our parish CAFOD representative.
Please note : The CAFOD Lent Calendar 2021 gives us the good opportunity to reflect and pray
each day of Lent. It can also be found at cafod.org.uk/Pray/Lent Calendar, where you will also
be given the opportunity to download a Lent Calendar for Children, and a Lent Calendar for young adults.
ADVERT FOR A FAITH AND JUSTICE WORKER
Lancaster Diocese is looking for a part-time Faith and Justice worker and co-ordinator with the Commission Team to work throughout the Diocese to engage with parishes, schools and other institutions in order to advance the understanding of, and active engagement in Catholic Social Teaching and issues arising from it.
An informed and enthusiastic person is needed with good communication skills who is able to form positive relationships with groups at all levels and facilitate their growth.
You will need a good sense of humour, be able to manage your own time and have some administrative ability. Computer skills and the ability to drive are essential.
Salary approximately £8300 per annum. The closing date for applications is 22nd March 2021
Further details can be obtained from: Margaret McSherry
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Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Fr. Richard Rohr.)
Was it dread or desire that I was feeling? I was not sure which emotion dominated me as I left for the six weeks plus of Lent in a hermitage. All I knew was it was time to “cleanse the doors of perception.” After a while in solitude, God had a much better chance of getting through. The rich daily Eucharists and meditation on the Scriptures lead me to a new encounter with Jesus as the image of the Beloved that has most taught and guided my soul.
Scripture (Mark 9:2-5)
Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain on their own, by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became brilliantly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses and they were talking to Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus “Rabbi, it is wonderful for us to be here.” A cloud came, covering them in a shadow; and from the cloud there came a vice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him.’
Tuesday (Carlo Carretto)
If you cannot go into the desert, you must nonetheless “make some desert” in your life. Every now and then, leaving people and looking for solitude to restore, in prolonged silence and prayer, the stuff of your soul. You must leave everything and everybody and retire, alone with God. If you don’t look for this solitude, if you don’t love it, if you do not withdraw in order to enjoy intimacy with God, the fundamental element of the relationship with the All-Powerful is missing: love. And without love, no revelation is possible.
Scripture (Exodus 34:28-29)
Moses stayed with Yahweh for forty days and nights, eating nothing, and on the tablets he wrote the words of the covenant. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets in his hands, as he was coming down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face was radiant because he had been talking to Yahweh.
Wednesday (St. Teresa of Avila)
When the soul collects together all its faculties and enters within itself to be with God, it is called ‘recollection.’ Those who are able to enclose themselves within the little heaven of their souls where dwells the Creator of heaven and earth, and who can accustom themselves not to look at anything nor to remain in any place which would preoccupy their exterior senses, may feel sure that they are travelling by an excellent way, and that they will certainly come to drink of the water from the fountain, for they will journey far in a short time.
Scripture (Matthew 6:5-6)
When you pray, do not imitate the hypocrites; they love to say their prayers standing up in the synagogues and on the street corners for people to see them. But when you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
Thursday (John Main, OSB)
We need to leave thoughts of self behind: to live no longer for ourselves but for Him. To do this, we must have seriously undertaken the pilgrimage of prayer. This is not a theoretical, abstract undertaking. To make this pilgrimage, we have to put our prayer first, and do this in a very practical way. In planning our day we must see to it that we leave time and space for our meditation. We must come to see this time not as our own time but as God’s time. The essential meaning of Mary, I think, is, above all, in her being a model of simplicity of heart,
simplicity of faith. With this condition of simplicity comes that directness of encounter with the power of God within us that deepens and fulfils us. This process is continuous because there is no end to the power of God. And no end to our capacity for love.
Scripture (Colossians 1:9-11)
We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, with all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. Then you will be able to live as the Lord wants, and always do what pleases him. Your lives will be fruitful in all kinds of good works, and you will grow in your knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength which comes from his glorious might.
To love God we must know Him: and if we know Him, we shall in fact fall on our faces. If we do not, well that only shows that what we are trying to love is not yet God. Yet the call is not only to protestation and awe, it is to a reflection of the Divine life, a creaturely participation in the Divine attributes which is far beyond our present desires. We are bidden to “put on Christ”, in order to become like God. That is, whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.
Scripture (Ephesians 1: 3-5,7-9)
Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. Thus he chose us in Christ before the world was made to be holy and faultless before him in love, making us out for himself beforehand, to be adopted children, through Jesus Christ. Such is the richness of the grace which he has showered on us in all wisdom and insight. He has let us know the mystery of his purpose, according to his good pleasure which he determined beforehand in Christ.