WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY – Continues
this week, details of local events are inside this bulletin.
JUMBLE SALE – Our next Jumble sale is
on Saturday 3rd February in the hall from 1.30pm. We are greatly in
need of all the normal donations, books, dvd’s, bric a brac etc. Please leave
in the church porch or outside the presbytery. We will need lots of help
setting up on Friday 2nd from 8.00am.
BELMONT ANNUAL CHAPTER – This week the
Belmont Monastic Community is holding its annual chapter or Annual general
meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, accordingly the mass on Wednesday is at
7.00pm in the evening.
1ST HOLY COMMUNION COURSE – There
are some changes to the next few sessions, there is a normal preparation
session today, after the 9.30am mass AND next Sunday 28th January.
The 1st Confessions are now on Sunday 4th February at
either 1.00pm or 2 .00pm.
REFLECTION - FOLLOWING
The calling of the
brothers in today’s Gospel evokes Elisha’s commissioning by the prophet Elijah
(see 1 Kings 19:19-21). As
Elijah comes upon Elisha working on his family’s farm, so Jesus sees the
brothers working by the seaside. And as Elisha left his mother and father to
follow Elijah, so the brothers leave their father to come after Jesus. Jesus’
promise—to make them “fishers of men”—evokes Israel’s deepest hopes. The
prophet Jeremiah announced a new exodus in which God would send “many
fishermen” to restore the Israelites from exile, as once He brought them out of
slavery in Egypt (see Jeremiah 16:14-16). By
Jesus’ Cross and Resurrection, this new exodus has begun (see Luke 9:31). And the
Apostles are the first of a new people of God, the Church—a new family, based
not on blood ties, but on belief in Jesus and a desire to do the Father’s will
(see John 1:12-13; Matthew 12:46-50). From
now on, even our most important worldly concerns—family relations, occupations,
and possessions—must be judged in light of the gospel, Paul says in today’s
Epistle. The first word of Jesus’ gospel—repent—means we must totally change
our way of thinking and living, turning from evil, doing all for the love of
God. And we should be consoled by Nineveh’s repentance in today’s First
Reading. Even the wicked Nineveh could repent at Jonah’s preaching. And in
Jesus we have a greater prophet than
Jonah (see Matthew 12:41). God has
come as our savior to show sinners the way, as we sing in today’s Psalm. This
should give us hope—that loved ones who remain far from God will find
compassion if they turn to Him. But we, too, must continue along the path of
repentance—striving daily to pattern our lives after His.