St Teresa & St John Southworth Churches, Cleveleys
Fr Chris Cousens—Phone: 853340
Rev Bernard Ward (Deacon) (Tel: 858346)
Enquiries for St John Southworth: Phone: 853340
27 June 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Contents: Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
When Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.
While he was still speaking some people arrived from the house of the synagogue official to say, “Your daughter is dead: why put the Master to any further trouble?’ But Jesus had overheard this remark of theirs and he said to the official, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.’ And he allowed no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. So they came to the official’s house and Jesus noticed all the commotion, with people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and crying? The child is not dead, but asleep’ But they laughed at him. So he turned them all out and, taking with him the child’s father and mother and his own companions, he went into the place where the child lay. And taking the child by the hand he said to her, ‘Talitha, kum!’ Which means, ‘Little girl, I tell you to get up.’ The little girl got up at once and began to walk about, for she was twelve years old. At this they were overcome with astonishment, and he ordered them strictly not to let anyone know about it, and told them to give her something to eat.
Gospel Reflection : No Love Wasted
Love is like a bridge between heaven and earth. When we try to love, to care for another, to look out for someone in need, to heal a rift, to rear or raise a family in love, then we are in the presence of God no matter what we think are our results.
Many a parent has spent years of effort in love, and not always felt as successful as she or he wanted to be. Many a teacher has cared for generations of children, and wonders what has been the fruit.
Husbands, wives, partners, parents, grandparents – lives lived in the effort to love. Friendship, community, caring professions – efforts to love, to care, to heal and to grow. Some may seem to be unsuccessful. Even selfishness can enter the field of love. And we all need to be loved ourselves, or we find it really hard to keep the effort going.
But God always sees the effort, and loves every bit of us – he has counted every hair on our head! And even if worry and work have produced less hairs to count, on the bridge between heaven and earth, the bridge of love, no effort is lost, no kindness unnoticed, no healing word or action fruitless. No love is ever wasted.
We Remember In Our Prayers Harriot Wardrop and Max Romer whose Funerals were last week. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
The Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, a Holiday of Obligation is celebrated this Tuesday, 29th June. The Mass times in our two churches in Cleveleys are :
At St. Teresa’s, 6.30 pm on Monday, 28th June (Vigil Mass), and 9.30 am on Tuesday, 29th June
At St. John Southworth, 6.30 pm on Tuesday, 29th June.
For Now The Mass Times At St. Teresa’s and St. John Southworth Remain The Same
Sundays : St. Teresa’s : Saturday Vigil Mass 6.30 pm, Sunday 9.00 am and 10.30am (live streamed)
St. John Southworth : 5 pm
Weekdays : St. Teresa’s : Mondays and Fridays 9.30 am
St. John Southworth : Wednesdays 9.30 am
Walking Free In God
The girl in the Gospel today
is given new life and new power by Jesus.
She is to walk free.
His word is for us to do the same, to bring life to others.
Raising the dead – this story is untrue to the normal laws of our human lives.
For us it is more the promise of eternal life,
and the hope of Jesus to bring comfort to sorrow.
Jesus is giving a big example that he came to bring life :
Ways in which we have been helped in bad times;
Ways in which we find the right person at the right time.
Miracles are like kindnesses people do for each other
from their love, and care, and thoughtfulness.
Jesus brought life to a house of sorrow, but not by himself –
he brought Peter, and James and John;
and any time he wants to do the work of God,
he brings his followers, he brings you and me.
Be a life-giver,
the person who works those small miracles.
Then Christ works through you.
Then his words are in action and in reality.
Walk free in the love of God.
Donal Neary SJ
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Fr. Richard Rohr)
You are created us in the image of God from the very beginning. So many of us carry a kind of unspoken assumption that something is very, very wrong with us, that we’re damaged, guilty, and unlovable. Stepping into our divinity—acknowledging and accepting our fundamental nobility—is the ultimate paradigm shift. Searching for and rediscovering the True Self is the essential task that will gradually open us to receiving and giving love to God, others, and ourselves, and thus to live truly just lives.
St. Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-c. 394) offered a beautiful, succinct, and useful definition of sin. Sin, he suggested, is a refusal to keep growing.
Jesus revealed and accepted a paradox: human and divine are not separate, but one! For most of us, this seems just too good and too dangerous to be true. There is so much contrary evidence!
Scripture (Wisdom 1:13-15;2:23-24)
Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in destroying the living. To exist—for this he created all things. The creatures of the world have health in them, in them is no fatal poison, and Hades has no power over the world, for uprightness is immortal. For God created human beings to be immortal, he made them as an image of his own nature. Death came into the world through the Devil’s envy, as those who belong to him find to their cost.
Tuesday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
With the loss of the God-like nature God had given him, man had forfeited the destiny of his being, which was to be like God. Since that day, the sons of Adam in their pride have striven to recover the divine image by their own efforts. The divine image, which God in his grace had given to man is lost. But God does not neglect his lost creature. He plans to recreate his image in man, to recover his first delight in his handiwork. The image of God has entered our midst, in the form of our fallen life. In the teachings and acts of Christ, in his life and death, the image of God is revealed. In him, the divine image has been recreated on earth.
Scripture (Romans 5:12,15,17)
It was through one man that sin came into the world, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race, because everyone has sinned. If death came to many through the offence of one man, how much greater an effect the grace of God has had, coming to so many and so plentifully as a free gift through the one man Jesus Christ. It was by one mans offence that death came to rule over all, but how much greater the reign in life of those who receive the fullness of grace and the gift of saving justice, through the one man, Jesus Christ.
Wednesday (Julian of Norwich)
Full lovingly does our Lord hold us when it seems to us we are nearly forsaken and cast away because of our sin—and deservedly so. For our courteous Lord does not want his servants to fall into despair even when we fall into sin. For our falling does not stop him loving us. He sustains us secretly even when we are in sin. He touches us gently and shows us our sin by the kindly light of mercy and grace. His will is that we should be like him in wholeness.
Scripture (2Cor. 5:17-19,21)
So for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and there is a new being for all to see. It is all God’s work; he reconciled us to himself through Christ and he gave us the ministry of reconciliation. I mean, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone’s faults against them. For our sake he made the sinless one a victim of sin, so that in him we might become the uprightness of God.
Thursday (2nd. Vatican Council, ‘The Church Today’)
For God has called man and still calls him so that with our entire being we might be joined to Him in endless sharing of a divine life beyond all corruption. Christ won this victory when he rose to life, since by his death he freed us from death. Hence, for every thoughtful person a solidly established faith provides the answer to their anxiety about what the future holds.
Scripture (John 12:44-47)
Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as light to prevent anyone who believes in me from staying in the dark anymore. I have not come to judge the world but to save the world.
Friday (St. Teresa of Avila)
O Son of God, how is it that you can give us so much with your first word, ‘Our Father’? Besides humbling yourself by joining your petitions to ours and making yourself our brother, you give us in your Father’s name all that can be given, since you ask us him to make us his children, and your word cannot fail. Since he is our Father, he must bear with us however deeply we offend him, if like the prodigal son we return to him. He must pardon us, console us in our trials; maintain us in a way that becomes him who must needs be a better Father than an earthly parent. More than this, he makes us brothers and sisters, co-heirs with you. Behold, Lord, with your love and your humility, nothing can be an obstacle to you.
Scripture (Colossians 1:13-16,18-19)
It is he who has rescued us from the ruling force of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him we enjoy our freedom, the forgiveness of sin. He is the image of the unseen God, the first born of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth. He is the Beginning, the first born from the dead, so that he should be supreme in every way; because God wanted all fullness to be found in him.