Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
Roman Catholic Church Hereford
SUNDAY MASSES - 9.30AM/11.30AM/6.30PM.
1st HOLY COMMUNION COURSE TIMETABLE.
25th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
- 23rd SEPTEMBER 2018.
BULLETIN FOR 16th SEPTEMBER.Please click here.
CATHOLIC BIBLE SCHOOL
WEEKEND – Now only
two weeks away, from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October. A timetable for the weekend, and sign up
sheets are at the back of Church and are available on the parish website.
COMMUNION COURSE – Enrolment
for this years 1st Holy Communion course is now open, letters have
been distributed to Year 3 families in school and are available from the school
office and the back of Church. The 1st Holy Communion mass is on
Saturday 18th May, the 1st session of prep on Sunday 14thOctober. Reply slips, from the letters must be returned by 30thSeptember. The Introductory meeting is on Monday 8TH October 6.00pm
in Church, families must have returned the reply slip from the letters in
advance of this meeting
REFLECTION – SERVANT OF ALL.
today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall
and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and
scribes—who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33–34). The liturgy invites us to
see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord’s
Passion. We hear His enemies complain that “the Just One” has
challenged their authority, reproached them for breaking the law of
Moses, for betraying their training as leaders and teachers. And we
hear chilling words that foreshadow how they will mock Him as He hangs
on the Cross: “For if the Just One be the Son of God, He will . . .
deliver Him . . . ” (compare Matthew 27:41–43). Today’s Gospel and
Psalm give us the flip side of the First Reading. In both, we hear of
Jesus’ sufferings from His point of view. Though His enemies surround
Him, He offers Himself freely in sacrifice, trusting that God will
sustain Him. But the Apostles today don’t understand this second
announcement of Christ’s passion. They begin arguing over issues of
succession—over who among them is greatest, who will be chosen to lead
after Christ is killed. Again they are thinking not as God, but as
human beings (see Mark 8:33). And again Jesus teaches
the Twelve—the chosen leaders of His Church—that they must lead by
imitating His example of love and self-sacrifice. They must be
“servants of all,” especially the weak and the helpless—symbolized by
the child He embraces and places in their midst. This is a lesson for
us, too. We must have the mind of Christ, who humbled Himself to come
among us (see Philippians 2:5–11). We must freely
offer ourselves, making everything we do a sacrifice in praise of His
name. As James says in today’s Epistle, we must seek wisdom from above,
desiring humility, not glory, and in all things be gentle and full of