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
25 July 2021
Lancaster Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity Number 234
Contents: Gospel Reflection
Reflections for the coming week
Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberian and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.
Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred Denari would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what was that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted,’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve baskets with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people seeing this sign that he had given, said. ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back into the hills by himself.
Gospel Reflection : The love of God is a generous love, which asks us to make his generosity visible by the way we treat others
The generosity of Jesus is never exhausted. He is like the host or hostess who seems to prepare too much. He fed the crowd, and much was left over. The disciples collected the leftover fragments, and we might say that what was left over would be the bread of life for the world, for all time. Of course what Jesus gave to the crowds who came to him was himself, and that is what is given at every Mass.
But the Eucharist is not just eating, it is sharing. The people sat in groups, and maybe they shared with each other. They didn’t just come up and get a piece of bread or a fish. They ate together, and all had the same menu. Over the last eighteen months some of us came to realise that the Mass under Covid regulations in our churches lacked the personal touch and the sharing. That may certainly be true for those who could only be with us on-line, however much we appreciated the ability to do that.
We could wonder if the people in that big crowd with Jesus knew where the bread and fish actually came from. The bread and the fish, the food of the poor, was shared by that young boy. The boy could probably only have afforded enough for himself. Still, he gave it away!
This week we can of course give thanks for the bread of the Eucharist, but we can also be so grateful for all those who have helped people, in these hard times, who have really struggled to get food or afford it. Those ‘helpers’ have done a truly holy and miraculous thing themselves!
We Remember In Our Prayers Phyllis Richardson whose Funeral was last week, Rita Lawson whose Funeral Service is at St. Teresa’s on Monday, 26th July at 10 am, and Terry Fielding (John’s wife), whose Funeral Mass is at St.Teresa’s on Monday, 2nd August, at 11 am. We remember them and their families, and all those whose anniversaries are at this time. May they be in God’s peace.
Ministers of the Word (Readers at Mass), please will you kindly collect your new readers list/rota from the back of church.
From this week the Daily Mass times are reverting back to how we had them in pre-Covidtimes. So :
Weekdays : St. Teresa’s : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30 am
St. John Southworth : Wednesday 9.30 am
Sundays St, Teresa;s : Saturday (Vigil Mass) 6.30 pm, Sunday 9 am, and 10.30 am (live-streamed)
St. John Southworth Sunday 5pm
(Please note : because of Rita Lawson’s Funeral Service at 10 am this Monday (26th) there is no Mass that day)
He Fed The Crowd
A mother and small child stood in line for Holy Communion.
The child was too young for Communion
so just trailed by the hand,
and then looked up at the person distributing the Host
with a big open mouth.
And the gospel came alive
with the need of the people for food,
and hands open for the bread of life.
The image of this child, sometimes experienced for real in our churches,
is an image of the gospel,
as Jesus feeds the people in the crowd.
The gift of the bread of life is
about being open and being fed –
people hungry on their journey,
and hungry for sustenance in life.
What is it that Jesus gives that we need?
A meaning to life that is full,
a love that somehow gives fullness.
There is a lot of emptiness around :
superficial relationships, and the need for real love,
selfish fantasies, and the need of positive care for others,
various addictions, and the need for self-love.
And don’t we need to be like that child –
not afraid to be open,
wide and spontaneous.
Just that open mouth said more than all the words,
a gesture which symbolised how our world could be,
and should be, before our God.
Daily Reflections for this week
Monday (Thomas Merton)
Everyone of us forms an idea of Christ that is limited and incomplete. It is cut according to our own measure. We tend to create for ourselves a Christ in our own image, a projection of our own aspirations, desires and ideals. We find in him what we want to find. We make him not only the incarnation of God but also the incarnation of the things we and our society and our part of society happen to live for .We read the Gospels not merely to get a picture or an idea of Christ but to enter in and pass through the words of revelation to establish, by faith, a vital contact with the Christ who dwells in our souls as God.
Scripture (John 6: 5-13)
Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip “Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?” He said this only to put Philip to the test; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered “Two hundred denarii would not buy them enough to give them a little piece each.” One of his
disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said “Here is a small boy with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that among so many?” Jesus said to them “Make the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks and distributed them to those who were sitting there. He then did the same with the fish, distributing as much as they wanted. The disciples fill twelve large baskets with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves.
Tuesday (Anthony de Mello, SJ)
(Note to self: remember this when you think you understand God)
An elephant was enjoying a leisurely dip in a jungle pool when a rat came up and insisted that the elephant get out. “I won’t,” said the elephant. “I insist you get out this minute,” said the rat. “Why?” asked the elephant. “Never mind why, just get out,” said the rat. The elephant, realising he would get no peace, finally lumbered out of the pool. “Now tell me why you wanted me to get out of the pool” he said. “I wanted to see if you were wearing my swimming trunks,” said the rat.
Scripture (Ecclesiasticus 18:4-7)
He has given no one the power to proclaim his works to the end, and who can fathom his magnificent deeds? Who can assess his magnificent strength and who can go further and tell of his mercies? Nothing can be added to them, nothing subtracted, it is impossible to fathom the marvels of the Lord. When someone finishes, they are only beginning, and when they stop they are as puzzled as ever.
Wednesday (Evelyn Underhill)
For the most part, of course, the presence and action of the great spiritual universe surrounding us is no more noticed by us than the pressure of air on our bodies, or the action of light. Our field of attention is not wide enough for that; our spiritual senses are not sufficiently alert. Most people work so hard developing their correspondence with the visible world, that their power of corresponding with the invisible is left in a rudimentary state. But when, for one reason or another, we begin to wake up a little bit, to lift the nose from the ground and notice that spiritual light, our horizon is widened, our experience is enormously enriched. For now we get an entirely new idea of what it is to be human. Our notions about life, our scale of values, begins to change, and then we do.
Scripture (Romans 11:33-36)
How great are God’s riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways? As scripture says “ Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice? Who has ever given him anything so that he had to pay it back?” For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be glory for ever! Amen.
Thursday (A New Catechism)
The Eucharist seems really to be too lovely for our earthly existence—a foreign element in this world. And this is true in a certain sense. Something from the final glory is already among us. God is palpably close. The bread of angels is food on earth. Sacramentally, the profoundest desire of man on earth has already been realised in a certain way. In a word, something of a further stage, something heavenly, is already here.
Scripture (Colossians 1:15-18)
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: everything visible and invisible, thrones, ruling forces, sovereignties, powers—all things were created through him and for him. He exists before all things, and in him all things hold together, and he is the head of the Body, that is, the Church.#
Friday (Carlo Carretto)
When I was only eighteen I entered the dark wood of sin. But then half way through life I was bathed in God’s light, a full searching light which penetrated every corner of my being and filtered through it like sun through the leaves of a forest. I feel immersed in God like a drop in the ocean, like a star in the immensity of night; like a lark in the summer sun or a fish in the sea. More: in God I feel like a child in its mother’s lap, and my finite freedom everywhere touches his being which wraps me round tenderly; my need to grow and expand and my thirst for fulfilment are sated every minute by his living presence.
Scripture (Psalm 106:1-5)
Alleluia! Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his faithful love is everlasting! Who can recount all the Lord’s triumphs, who can fully voice all his praise? How blessed are those who keep to what is just, whose conduct is always upright! Remember me, Yahweh, in your love for your people. Come near to me with your saving power, let me share the happiness of your chosen ones, let me share the joy of your people, the pride of your heritage. Our ancestors in Egypt never grasped the meaning of your wonders. They did not bear in mind your countless acts of love, but for the sake of his name he saved them to make known his mighty power.