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
18 July 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Contents: Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to take place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.
Gospel Reflection : Barnacle Bill
In earlier Space exploration, the rocket ‘Pathfinder’ and the buggy ‘Sojourner’ sent back photographs from the Red Planet that made us gasp, even though no Martians materialised! It was a journey into the unknown.
The scientists back on earth focused on a boulder which they called ‘Barnacle Bill’, because they were puzzled how it had become attached to the surface.
Perhaps the whole experiment can be interpreted as a parable of what is happening in the inner space of our conscious and subconscious minds.
With the Gospels as our pathfinders, and as we probe deeply into the recesses of our minds, we become aware of aspects of our personality which perhaps have been previously hidden.
It may make us gasp to find barnacles attached to our motivations in life, of which we have been quite unaware. Jesus took his disciples aside to reflect on their motives for following him into the unknown.
We Remember In Our Prayers Rita Fraser whose Funeral was last week, Phyllis Richardson whose Funeral Mass is at St. Teresa’s at 10.15 am on Thursday 22nd July, Rita Lawson whose Funeral Service is at St Teresa’s on Monday, 26th July at 10 am, and Terry Fielding (John’s wife) who sadly died this Saturday morning, after a short illness. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
The Special Collection This Weekend is the annual collection for the Good Shepherd Fund.
Family Prayer Resources for Summer : CAFOD, the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development in this country, are kindly offering a prayer focus for each week of the summer holidays, with some simple ideas designed to help parents explore faith with their children, in solidarity with our global family. This will be available from mid- July at https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources
For this coming week the Mass Times for both our churches remain the same as we have had recently
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
Be Kind To Yourself
How hard we can be on the person closest to us –
that is, hard on ourselves.
We all need a bit of compassion for ourselves,
for our weaknesses, faults and failings.
We also need to be able to forgive ourselves.
We can be so hard on ourselves that we’re tough on everyone else.
Can we accept ourselves as the people we are?
That’s having compassion on ourselves.
We can be hard on ourselves at all ages,
For not being good enough,
failing to reach impossible standards,
for having feelings like jealousy or envy.
And regrets – everything you wanted to happen and it didn’t,
or maybe ways you let people down, even those closest to you.
Jesus was big on compassion. And we need it.
Look on our whole selves, not just on one side of ourselves.
If you have harmed people and they forgive you,
allow yourself to be forgiven,
and let the compassion of Jesus give you sympathy for yourself.
Accept yourself. Love yourself as you are,
not as you might have been, or might be,
for that is how God looks on you.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (St. Teresa of Avila)
When you have received our Lord, since he really dwells within you, try to close the eyes of your body and open those of your soul; look into your heart I have told you, and shall tell you again and again, that if you accustom yourself to keep with him when you communicate, his coming will not be so hidden but that, in many ways, he will reveal himself in proportion to the desire you have of seeing him. If we care nothing for him, or busy ourselves about other and lower matters what would we have him do? Must he drag us by force to look at him and stay with him? He will not show himself openly except to those who desire him.
Scripture (Mark 6:30-34)
The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught, and he said to them ‘Come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that there was no time for them even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going and many recognised them; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.
Tuesday (Caryll Houselander)
There was one dazzling moment, upon Mount Tabor, when those apostles who were to see Christ in his dereliction, suddenly and briefly saw the radiance of his divinity: He was transfigured. The apostles knew Christ as a man, one in whose presence they were remarkably at ease; in that moment they saw his glory, the very garments that he wore burning with his beauty. That is God’s way with us, to hide and reveal himself at the same time; to show his desire for man’s love, making himself accessible, even ordinary, that he may come close, yet at the same time playing a game of hide and seek, saying, “seek and you shall find”. God does not force his secrets upon us; he does not force his love upon us.
Scripture (John 14:7-11)
Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, Have I been with you all this time and you still do not know me? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, so how can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? What I say to you I do not speak of my own accord: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his works. You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe it on the evidence of these works.
Wednesday (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
This is what we mean when we speak of Christ dwelling in our hearts. His life on earth is not finished yet, for he continues to live in the lives of his followers. Indeed, it is wrong to speak of the Christian life: we should rather speak of Christ living in us. Jesus Christ, incarnate, crucified and glorified has entered my life and taken charge. And where Christ lives, there the Father also lives, and both Father and Son through the Holy Spirit.
Scripture ( Galatians 2:20)
I have been crucified with Christ, and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me. The life that I am now living, subject to the limitation of human nature, I am living in faith, faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.
Thursday (Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate)
[We must not ignore] the need for moments of quiet, solitude and silence before God. Quite the contrary. The presence of constantly new gadgets, the excitement of travel and an endless array of consumer goods at times leave no room for God’s voice to be heard. We are overwhelmed by words, by superficial pleasures and by an increasing din, filled not by joy but rather by the discontent of those whose lives have lost meaning. How can we fail to realize the need to stop this rat race and to recover the personal space needed to carry on a heartfelt dialogue with God? Finding that space may prove painful, but it is always fruitful. Sooner or later, we have to face our true selves and let the Lord enter.
Scripture (Jeremiah 23:2-4)
This, therefore, is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds who shepherd my people “You have scattered my flock, you have driven them away and not taken care of them. Right, I shall take care of you for your misdeeds, the Lord declares! But the remnant of my flock I myself shall gather from all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their folds; they will be fruitful and increase in numbers. For them, I shall raise up shepherds to shepherd them and pasture them. No fear, no terror for them anymore. Not one shall be lost, Yahweh declares!
Friday (Bede Griffiths)
Through all these years I thought I had been seeking God. The presence which had appeared to me beneath the forms of nature that day at school; the beauty I had found in the poets; the truth which philosophy had opened to me; and finally the revelation of Christianity; all these had seemed to be steps on my way, of ascent to God. Now I suddenly saw that all the time it was not I who had been seeking God, but God who had been seeking me.
Scripture ( John 10: 14-16)
I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. And there are other sheep that I have that are not of this fold, and I must lead these too. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, one shepherd.