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
1 May 2022
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : Third Sunday of Easter
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: John: 21:1-14
Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas, called theTwin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebededee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ They replied, ‘We’ll come with you.’ They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.
It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, ‘Have you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered, ‘No’, he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul it in. The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ At these words, ‘It is the Lord’, Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.
As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, ‘bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, ‘Who are you?’; they knew quite well it was the Lord. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.
Gospel Reflection : “It Is The Lord”
They watched from the boat and looked to the shore – an early dawn, maybe a mist till the sun got strong, and a figure in the mist.
It was Jesus, but they did not at first recognise him. Then they picked up some words from the shore, and it began to dawn. They knew him by his words of friendship and life, and later would know him in the bread of life.
“It is the Lord”. This can be said when we are surprised by the peace of prayer, by the love of a friend, by the care shown us when we need care, by the truth that enlightens our minds and the life that gives a lift to our hearts, and the care we offer to others.
But it might not all be clear. We search for the light of God in the twilight of our doubt or the darkness of our pain. We search for the peace of God in the violence of bitterness, and in the guilt of our regrets. We search for the generosity of God for ourselves when the needs of our world are all around us.
And it is not always clear because if we search for God on our own we do not always find him. That is why we search for and ponder about God within our community, people who are trying to believe too; within a community of love, within a community of those who wish to create with Jesus a world of justice and peace, of forgiveness and reconciliation, of love and joy.
“It is the Lord” who offers us the bread of life, and speaks the word of life, to give direction and nourishment to our journey.
We Remember In Our Prayers David Kelly, Peter Birch and Mary Mathews whose funerals were last week, Derek Gaskell whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Thursday, 12th May, at 11.45 am and Mary Morris whose Funeral is at St Teresa’s on Friday, 20th May at 11.15 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
We Also Keep In Our Prayers the thirteen children who will be celebrating their First Holy Communion at the 10.30 am Mass at St. Teresa’s on Sunday, 15th May, and also for Louise Acheson and Andrew Magee whose Wedding takes place at St. Teresa’s next Saturday, 7th May.
Everyone Is Invited To Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in St.Teresa’s Parish Hall on Saturday, 21st May, 7-11pm. Please bring your own food and drink and celebrate with friends. The evening will include a quiz, a live DJ playing requests, a sing-a-long, fun games including ‘Bonkers Bingo’, and so much more in the way we have had our enjoyable Socials many times before. Why not ‘dress to impress’ – red, white or blue, or all three! Although the Parish Hall is the largest venue we have for this between the two parishes, tickets are limited, at £5 each. Please book as soon as you can, by phoning 07866 156333.
Believing In People
It can happen that we lose interest in people,
and even become blind to their strengths
when we discover their limitations.
During his final hours Jesus discovered the limitations of Peter
who, for his own safety, three times denied that he even knew him.
Yet Jesus did not write him off.
He continued to believe in him, and in time he came good.
Like Peter we can be weak human beings.
We need someone who can understand our weaknesses,
who realises that it may take time for us to overcome them,
and who doesn’t write us off because
we don’t produce the goods at once.
May we each be that kind of person for others.
Monday (Martin Luther King)
We need to recapture the gospel glow of the early Christians, who were non-conformists in the truest sense of the word and refused to shape their witness according to the mundane patterns of the world. Willingly they sacrificed fame, fortune, and life itself in behalf of a cause they knew to be right. Quantitatively small, they were qualitatively giants. Gradually, however, the church began to dilute the strong demands of the gospel and to conform to the ways of the world. And ever since, the church has been a weak and ineffectual trumpet, making uncertain sounds. If the church is to regain once more its power, message and authentic ring, it must conform only to the demands of the gospel.
Scripture (Acts 5: 25, 27-30,40-42)
When they had brought them in to face the Sanhedrin, the High Priest demanded an explanation. ‘We gave you a strong warning,’ he said, ‘not to preach in his name, and what have you done? You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching.’ In reply, Peter and the apostles said, ‘Obedience to God comes before obedience to men.’ They gave orders for them to be flogged and warned them not to speak in the name of Jesus and released them. Everyday they went on ceaselessly teaching and proclaiming the Good News of Christ Jesus, both in the Temple and in private houses.
Let us begin in earnest and come back in full trust to this father of loving kindness. Let us renounce wholeheartedly all that is not of him. He deserves infinitely more. Let us think of him unceasingly. Let us put all our trust in him. I have no doubt we shall soon experience the full effects of doing so, and shall sense the abundance of that grace with which we can do all things.
Scripture (Isaiah 12:2-6)
Look, he is the God of my salvation: I shall have faith and not be afraid, for Yahweh is my strength and my song, he has been my salvation. Joyfully you will draw water from the springs of salvation and, that day, you will say, ‘Praise the Lord, invoke his name. Proclaim his deeds to the people, declare his name sublime. Sing of the Lord, for his works are majestic, make them known throughout the world. Cry and shout for joy, you who live in Zion, for the Holy One of Israel is among you in his greatness.
Wednesday (Dorothy Day)
Even if we read the Sunday gospel several times, God sends us a special message for our need. When we began Catholic Worker, we first thought of it as a headquarters for the paper, a place for round-table discussions, for ways of building up a new social order. But God has made it a place for the poor. So many come that it is impossible to give personal attention to each one; we can only give what we have, in the name of Jesus. Thank God for directing our vocation. We did not choose this work. He sent it to us. We will always, please God, be clambering around the rocks and briars, the barrenness, the fruitlessness of city life, in search of lost sheep.
Scripture (John 21:3-7)
Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ They replied,’ We’ll come with you.’ They got into the boat and went out, but caught nothing that night. When it was already light, there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not recognise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, ‘Haven’t you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered ‘No’ he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they threw the net out and could not haul it in because of the quantity of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord,’
Thursday (Thomas Merton)
The saint seeks not his own glory, but the glory of God. And in order that God may be glorified in all things, the saint wishes nothing but to be a pure instrument of the divine will. They want simply to be a window through which God’s mercies shine on the world. And for this they strive to be holy. They strive to practise virtue heroically, not in order to be known as a virtuous and holy person, but in order that the goodness of God may never be obscured by any selfish act of theirs.
Scripture (Psalm 51:1-0-13)
God, create in me a pure heart, renew me with a steadfast spirit, do not thrust me away from your presence, do not take away from me your spirit of holiness. Give me back the joy of your salvation, and my tongue will acclaim your saving justice. Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise.
Friday (Teilhard de Chardin)
Theoretically, this transformation of love is possible. What paralyses life is failure to believe and failure to dare. The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.
Scripture (2 Cor. 4: 5-7)
It is not ourselves we are proclaiming, but Christ Jesus as the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. It is God, who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ that has shone into our hearts to enlighten them with the knowledge of God’s glory, the glory on the face of Christ. But we hold this treasure in pots of earthenware, so that the immensity of the power is God’s and not our own.