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
7 August 2022
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 23433
Sunday : 19th Sunday in Ordinary time
Reflections for the coming week
Gospel: Luke 12:32-48
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at the table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
Gospel Reflection: Now Is The Time
The trouble with Jesus is that he often comes at the wrong time, and often wearing somebody else’s clothes. The other day he came to my door, although I didn’t know it was him at the time. Actually, he couldn’t have come at a worst time. I had a hundred and one things to do.
He just stood there, a faint smile on his face. I didn’t ask him to come in, just in case he decided to stay a long time. Eventually I said : “What do you want?” “Nothing” he replied. ” I was just passing and thought I’d drop in and say “hello”. And sensing my mood, he excused himself and went away.
When he was gone I was mad with myself. He said he didn’t want anything. I’m sure he did, if only a little companionship. But I refused him because I had planned to be busy. Mind you, it might have been different if he had let me know that he was Jesus – and had come at a more suitable time!
Later in the day, when I had dropped something on the floor and went to pick it up, my eyes were strangely drawn to words on a card I had framed when I had first moved in. I had hung it on the wall just near the front door. The words were a quotation from the New Testament, Hebrews 13 : 2 – “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” That must have meant something to me at the time. How easily one can forget!
We Remember In Our Prayers : Brenda (Ricky) Mann, whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Tuesday, 9th August at 2pm, and Gillian Fedyniak, whose Funeral Service is at Carleton Crematorium on Thursday, 18th August at 11 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they all be in God’s peace.
We Welcome Into The Family Of The Church : Kimberley Jane Scott and Faith Blossom Scott whose Baptisms take place at St. Teresa’s this Sunday.
We Are Very Grateful for those who kindly helped to clear up nature’s ‘unwanted growth’ from around St. Teresa’s church last Tuesday, including Bernard who organised it.
Hiring St. Teresa’s Parish Hall : It is now possible to hire St. Teresa’s Parish Hall for some event of your own. For availability and advice please contact the Hall manager, Mike Holderness, on 01253 827230 or 07872 680645.
Have You Lost Someone Close In The Past Year? There is now a Drop In Bereavement Support Group which meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month in the foyer of Cleveleys Baptist Church, on St. Georges Avenue, (just near St. Teresa’s Church). Drop in between 1.30 pm and 4 pm and you will receive a warm welcome.
Education Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster LA1 3BT on Friday, 7th October at 6.30 pm : All parishioners are invited to join Bishop Paul at the annual Diocese of Lancaster Education Mass. This invitation extends in a special way to all those involved in education and faith information – teachers, including those who teach outside the Catholic sector, catechists, youth workers, deacons and priests. The celebration gives us the opportunity to express our thanks and acknowledge the contribution made by all those in the Diocese involved in the work of education and formation in the faith. Together we also ask God’s blessing on the mission of education and formation in our Diocese. Please put the date in your diaries.
Being ready and noticing the call of God
are great signs of us being Christians
to notice the need of God in the people we meet :
in their need to be heard at a time of worry,
in their need of care in illness,
for forgiveness when we’ve hurt each other,
for the conversations that can bring faith in doubt,
hope in despair, and love always.
For there is the Son of Man, Jesus,
coming at an hour you do not expect.
Be ready, says the Lord, Jesus,
to notice the need of God in the millions of hungry children,
homeless parents, refugees without a home,
people sleeping rough in our own towns and cities;
be ready to care,
to help, to reach out,
for there is the Son of Man,
coming at an hour you do not expect.
in times and spaces for prayer,
to notice the love of God
touching a world of hurt through you;
and the call of God to be ready,
today and every day,
to be his presence, justice and love
among all people.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday The first lesson to learn is that the coming of Jesus has enlightened and transformed the ordinary. If we can see this we can see our spiritual journey and religious practice entirely shot through with the potentiality of Christ’s redemptive love. Conversion requires significant readjustments in our lifestyle and our ways of seeing. These readjustments can be thought but they cannot be brought about by thinking of them. This is obvious enough but it becomes a more challenging truth when we examine our own practice. The touchstone is the degree to which we live out the consequences of our meditation. How do we live our lives? How do we make our daily decisions? Isn’t it often the case that, in practice, the centre we align ourselves upon is ourselves? (John Main, OSB)
Scripture (1Peter 4:10-11)
Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others. If anyone is a speaker, let it be as the words of God, if anyone serves, let it be as in strength granted by God; so that in everything God may receive the glory, through Jesus Christ, since to him belong all glory and power for ever and ever.
Tuesday Most of the world is either asleep or dead. The religious people are, for the most part, asleep. The irreligious are dead. Those who are asleep are divided into two classes. The wise have oil in their lamps. That is to say they are detached from themselves and from the cares of the world, and they are full of charity. They are indeed waiting for the Bridegroom, and they desire nothing else but his coming. But the others are not only asleep: they are full of other dreams and other desires. Their lamps are empty because they have burned themselves out in the wisdom of the flesh and in their own vanity. They light their lamps only after he has gone. Sothey fall asleep again and when they wake they trim their useless lamps to investigate, once again, the matters of a dying world. (Thomas Merton)
Scripture (Luke 12:42-48)
The Lord said, ‘Who, then, is the wise and trustworthy steward whom the master will place over his household to give them at the proper time their allowance of food? Blessed that servant if his master’s arrival finds him doing exactly that. I tell you truly, he will put him in charge of everything that he owns. The servant who knows what his master wants, but has not even started to carry out those wishes, will receive many strokes of the lash. When someone is given a great deal, a great deal will be demanded of that person; when someone is entrusted with a great deal, even more will be
expected of that person.
Wednesday You know that a good will cannot fail to find God, although the mind sometimes feels that it misses him and often believes that he has departed. What should you do then? Do exactly the same as you would if you were experiencing the greatest consolation. There is no better advice on how to find God than to seek him where we left him: do now, when you cannot find God, what you did when last you had him, and then you will find him again. A good will can never lose God or fail to find him. (Meister Eckhart)
Scripture (Psalm 119:49-57)
Keep in mind your promise to your servant on which I have built my hope. It is my comfort in distress, that your promise gives me life. Endlessly the arrogant have jeered at me, but I have not swerved from your Law. I have kept your age-old judgments in mind, Lord, and I am comforted. Fury grips me when I see the wicked who abandon your Law. Your judgments are my song where I live in exile. All night, Lord, I hold your name in mind, I keep your Law. This is what it means to me, keeping your precepts. My task, I have said, Lord, is to keep your word.
Thursday It is to be noted that Jesus calls not himself, but his disciples the salt of the earth, for he entrusts his work on earth to them. Jesus does not say ‘You must be salt.’ It is not for the disciples to decide whether they will be the salt of the earth, for they are so whether they like it or not, they have been made salt by the call they have received. The word speaks of their whole existence in so far as it is grounded anew in the call of Christ. Of course there is another possibility – the salt may lose its savour and cease to be salt at all. It just stops working. Then it is indeed good for nothing but to be thrown away. Everything can be saved by salt – only salt which loses its savour has no hope of recovery. That is the judgment that always hangs over the disciple community whose mission is to save the world.
Scripture (Matthew 5:13-16)
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No-one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on a lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.
Friday Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. (Prayer of St. Francis)
Scripture (Philippians 1:27-28)
You must always behave in a way that is worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come to you and see for myself or whether I only hear all about you from a distance, I shall find that you are standing firm and united in spirit, battling, as a team with a single aim, for the faith of the gospel, undismayed by any of your opponents. This will be a clear sign, for them that they are to be lost, and for you that you are to be saved.