George O’Grady, Tony Ranson
John Keane, Brian Trump, Mary D’Silva
Patrick Halligan, Derek Skekel, Thomas Trs
John W Ladly, Christina Allridge, Adrian Gostling
Josephine Howley, Dan Harrison, Denis Ryan
Elizabeth Lamprey, Peter Church, Catherine Conlon
Christopher Corcoran, Joseph Skekel, John O’Shea
Ellen Donovan, Ann Sherlock, Agnes Rosling
Mary Halligan, Pat McAuliffe, Frank Farrugia
May They Rest in Peace
Confusion surrounded the identity and mission of Jesus: even Peter, who made the great profession of faith, is indignant to be told that liberation and salvation can only come by way of the cross. Jesus is not the political messiah whom Israel awaited: he could not be enclosed and bound in by political ideologies.
The Servant of God welcomes trials which he sees as a route to personal freedom and also a way of redemption for his brothers and sisters; in this he shows his complete confidence in the Lord. The servant’s obedience in the face of insult is not to be understood apart from God’s help.
Faith that is not expressed and lived in the ordinary circumstances of life is merely theoretical and abstract. The life of faith is a life’s sharing in the every life of Christ and, therefore, it does the works of Christ because it is alive and active.
Peter has the insight of faith that can exclaim Jesus is the Christ! In scriptural terms, the title Christ and Messiah had a certain ambiguity; so, Jesus is clear in telling the disciples from the outset that the way to glory of which he speaks is by way of The Cross, the way of suffering and death.
Ann O’Connor, Rosamma Joseph
Richard Lamb, Connie Hall, Jonathan Eley
Gloria Soar, Annie Childs
Kevin Abedi, Wesley Leachman
Kim Nichol, Eileen Pinner
Mary May, Rachel Rizzo
Enzo Antonella Rizzo, Michael Clements
In Neighbouring Parishes
I offered my back to those who struck me. The Lord has opened my ear. For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed. My vindicator is here at hand. Does anyone start proceedings against me? Then let us go to court together. Who thinks he has a case against me? Let him approach me. The Lord is coming to my help, who will dare to condemn me?
If good works do not go with it, faith is quite dead. Take the case, my brothers, of someone who has never done a single good act but claims that he has faith. Will that faith save him? If one of the brothers or one of the sisters is in need of clothes and has not enough food to live on, and one of you says to them, ‘I wish you well; keep yourself warm and eat plenty’, without giving them these bare necessities of life, then what good is that? Faith is like that: if good works do not go with it, it is quite dead. This is the way to talk to people of that kind: ‘You say you have faith and I have good deeds; I will prove to you that I have faith by showing you my good deeds – now you prove to me that you have faith without any good deeds to show.’
The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously. Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he asked ‘who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him. And he began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to rise again; and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! Because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’ He called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’
Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 16th September