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I remember the morning…

Woman at the tomb- by Sieger Köder

Woman at the tomb- by Fr  Sieger Köder

Mary Magdalene may have reminisced: –

‘I remember that morning. With other women, my sisters, we went to the tomb. Jesus was not there. We ran to the Upper Room as the angel told us. But my heart was sad. We hadn’t seen him. The desire to see him burnt in my heart.

Then, there in the garden I heard his voice,’ ‘Mary!’ Called by name, I had no further doubts: ‘Master!’I had gone with the oil to anoint the dead and instead I met the Living Lord. And so began a radically new experience, because the Lord takes you out of your narrow sense of security and sends you forth, if you trust His word. It was like getting to know him all over again: he went ahead of us and sometimes we had difficulty in recognising Him in the signs of His presence.

So we learned to seek Him in the Eucharist, in the Word, in the poor, in the community and in the world. Fear gripped us now and then. But His word guided us and His promise resounded in our lives: ‘ I will send you my Spirit…and He will lead you to truth. I will be with you always’.

The Risen Lord alive through the power of the Spirit is the source of my life, my joy and my peace. Every day the Christian community lives in certainty that His love has gone before us: our experience of Him enables us to see His face when we meet Him in daily situations.

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Just arrived back…..

home from an evening spent at our parish pastoral centre. I watched the second of ten episodes of Fr. Robert Barron‘s ‘Catholicism‘ series. The DVD presentation lasted for one hour and then there was (sadly) only a half an hour for discussion. Just not enough time.

I missed the first episode, but will move heaven and earth to see the rest of the series. I strongly encourage everyone to do the same!  Look out for when the screening of this series will happen at your parish, or at a parish near you. I received answers to questions I’ ve been asking for years:- Jesus’ radical message for a change of heart moved me deeply. His Good News of everlasting love transcending all the earthly promises of happiness through the likes of  power, pleasure, honour and wealth, has taken on a new meaning of  self-fulfilling shallowness  to me. I get it, I finally get it. I cannot explain why in this post, but let it suffice for me to say that it has changed my understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Absolutely!

In this episode, Fr. Robert focusses on the Teachings of Jesus. The content  was organic in its content, using the platform of the new media to the fullest,jam-packed with the unsurpassed golden nuggets of  the Beatitudes. These as I have never heard them explained before. I heard my Lord’s teachings with ‘new’ ears. I feel uplifted and eager to know more.

This series is not at present being accessed widely in the Southwark Diocese, so if you too want to be invigorated read the parish bulletin  here to keep up to speed. If your parish is looking for something valuable to share in the coming Year of Faith, this is the programme to use: tell your parish priest about Fr. Robert Barron’s ‘Catholicism‘ series and sow the seeds of Christ’s love and work  in your own parish.

The Sion Community

I want to introduce a Community that I have had the pleasure of meeting on a number of occasions. My first experience of this Community came about through a Mission Week. The Evangelists  were hosted by volunteer families from the receiving  parish .

The Mission had a two-pronged focus: the parents and children of that parish.  The Good News reached both the parents and children of the parish simultaneously, and boy, their Good News was electrifying! The Holy Spirit was present in them and worked through them in their work so much so that their love for Jesus was tangible. That experience left me changed forever. For more details on a Mission Week, please contact the Community directly.

My second encounter with them was not as intimate but just as powerful.   I urge anyone with a hunger for the Lord to investigate their webpage and to make contact with them. Here is the link: http://www.sioncommunity.org.uk/

Something to whet your appetite : I received an email on Friday from the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, advertising a ”Foundations for Mission’ weekend with Mgr Peter Hocken – 28th & 29th January. This will be held at the Sion Community and is sure to be life-changing and unforgettable.

See you there!