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
4 July 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Contents: Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is the wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country among his own relations ad in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Gospel Reflection : A Shocking Situation?
To say Jesus is having a bit of trouble as he continues his ministry is a bit of an understatement! He has had public praise for his healings, and indeed for his teaching. Now the opposition is beginning, and it would continue for the next months until his death in Jerusalem. The shocking aspect of the opposition we hear about in today’s Gospel is that his own people were turning against him.
Jesus is in Nazareth where he has lived for about thirty years. His relatives and the people in general there knew he was ‘one of their own’. But that could be a sure way of putting someone down. He was so ordinary. They could not imagine where he got the wisdom and could do the miracles that nobody else could do.
And then it went further. They could not accept him, and Jesus felt ‘despised’, the word he uses in that famous quotation. Perhaps it isn’t too hard to imagine what it feels like to be despised in your own hometown, and family. But Jesus still wanted to help them, to be compassionate to them, so ‘he cured a few sick people’. Maybe they were the only ones to trust him, and he cured them not as a reward but because they had the courage to come close. Then he would move on to other towns and villages, often to be despised in them also.
Jesus comes among us today as one like us. He comes to us in our needs, and in our love which, when shared, can be so powerful in healing others too.
We Remember In Our Prayers Philip Matley, whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Friday, 9th July, and Rita Fraser whose Funeral Service is also at Carleton Crematorium, on Monday, 12th July. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
Next Sunday Is Sea Sunday when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Many of us have never stopped to consider how important seafarers are to our own standard of living. Without them we would not have most of the items we use in our everyday lives. Many of these seafarers are unable to practice their Faith due to long periods away from home, whilst others can be denied basic rights and working conditions that we take for granted. The special collection which is taken next Sunday is our opportunity to support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable AoS to continue its work with seafarers. Please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank you. For more information on the work of AoS please visit their website at www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
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
What is this wisdom which has been given Him?
We can say about someone we know well :
‘Yes, he’s one of our own.’
‘One of our own’. That could be a sure way of saying we’re proud of him, but –
we won’t take him too seriously.
That is what they were saying about Jesus in Nazareth,
whilst others were saying something equally disturbing :
‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’
Small town boy with big dreams.
How could he have any wisdom. We know his ordinary family.
But that’s where he got much of his wisdom,
the wisdom each of us shares.
Wisdom comes through ordinary people.
We know we get some of our wisdom from our family.
We pick up wisdom with the homemade scones out of the oven.
That’s how it is.
‘One of our own.’
Maybe we’ve given more wisdom than we thought.
The wisdom of Jesus is never too complicated.
It’s things like ; if you want to be happy, see what you can give to others.
That’s how Jesus saw happiness.
He saw it at home, in Nazareth, and he saw it in heaven,
Places of love.
We are to live by the wisdom of love, even before other self-achieving wisdoms,
like the happiness that comes from getting straight A’s in exams,
or from our job, money, or physical appearance.
Real wisdom is to be in touch with love in your life,
and if you are in touch with love, you are in touch with Jesus.
Donal Neary SJ
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Pope Francis)
It is curious that God’s revelation tells us that the fullness of humanity and of history is realized in a city. We need to look at our cities with a contemplative gaze, a gaze of faith which sees God dwelling in their homes, in their streets and squares. God’s presence accompanies the sincere efforts of individuals and groups to find encouragement and meaning in their lives. … This presence must not be contrived but found, uncovered. God does not hide himself from those who seek him with a sincere heart, even though they do so tentatively, in a vague and haphazard manner.
Scripture (Isaiah 6:9-10)
And I said , ‘Here I am, send me.’ He said ‘Go and say to this people “Listen and listen, but never understand! Look and look, but never perceive! This people’s heart has grown coarse, their eyes dulled, they have shut their eyes tight to avoid using their eyes to see, their ears to hear, their heart to understand.”
Tuesday (Anthony de Mello)
A wealthy farmer burst into his home and cried out in an anguished voice, “Rebecca, there is a terrible story in town—the Messiah is here!” His wife replied “I think it’s wonderful. What’s so terrible about it?” The husband replied, “After all these years of sweat and toil, we are finally rich. We have a large herd of cattle, our barns are full of grain and our trees are laden with fruit. Now we will have to give it all away and follow him.” His wife said, consolingly, “Calm down. The Lord our God is good. He knows how much we Jews have had to put up with. From the Pharaoh to Hitler, always somebody. But God found a way to deal with them all, didn’t he? Just have faith. He will find a way to deal with the Messiah too.”
Scripture (Ezekiel 2:2-5)
The spirit came into me and put me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. He said, ‘Son or man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebels who have rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been in revolt against me up to present day. Because they are stubborn and obstinate children, I am sending you to them to say, “The Lord God says this.” Whether they listen or not, this tribe of rebels will know there is a prophet among them.’
Wednesday (Thomas Merton)
Anyone whose intention is not pure is compelled by their own weakness and imprudence to pass judgement on the will of God before obeying it. They are not free to do the will of God with perfect generosity. They diminish their love and their obedience by making an adjustment between God’s will and their own and so, for them, the will of God comes to have a variety of values: richer when it is more pleasing, poorer when it offers less immediate satisfaction, valueless when it demands a sacrifice of their own selfish interests.
Scripture (Mark 6:1-6)
Leaving that district he went to his home town, and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, they are not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them ‘A prophet is despised only in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, except he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Thursday (The Desert Fathers)
They said of a hermit that he went on fasting for seventy weeks, eating a meal only once a week. He asked God the meaning of a text of the holy Scriptures and God did not reveal it to him. So he said to himself, ‘I have worked hard and gained nothing. I will go to my brother and ask him.’ Just as he had shut the door on the way out an angel of the Lord was sent to him to say ’The seventy weeks of your fast have not brought you near to God, but now you are humbled and going to your brother, I have been sent to show you the meaning of the text.’
Scripture (Luke 20:45-47)
When all the people were listening, he said to the disciples, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes and love to be greeted respectfully in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets, who devour the property of widows, and for show offer long prayers.’
Friday (Meister Eckhart)
We should properly and completely train the mind in its orientation to God, so that our interior being is made divine. We must train ourselves not to seek or strive for our own interests in anything but rather to find and to grasp God in all things.
Scripture ( Psalm 119:10-16)
With all my heart I seek you, do not let me stray from your commandments. In my heart I treasure your promises, to avoid sinning against you. Blessed are you, Yahweh, teach me your will! With my lips I have repeated all the instructions you have given. In the way of your instructions lies my joy, a joy beyond all wealth. I will ponder your precepts and fix my gaze on your paths. I find my delight in your will, I do not forget your words.