Message From The Parish Priest
Sunday 25th November 2007
THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST, THE UNIVERSAL KING. + 25TH NOVEMBER 2007 + MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS AND CYCLE C READINGS IN ORDINARY TIME.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
Was it not wonderful for the good thief to be able to say from his cross "Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Well it was very good, for in response he is promised, that very day, the gift of paradise - Heaven itself - that very day with Jesus. The bad thief just kept up the cynical comments of the crowd - "if you are the son of God - save us and save yourself". Thus the Church is mocked today but she has that secret in her very heart and she recognises Jesus present in the conversion of heart of guys like the good thief in his last hours of life on earth.
There is something here about the psychology of sin and free will I think. The two thieves stand for the two types of people in relating to God. The good guy sees that he is getting what he deserved for the crimes he has committed. That in itself is a rare insight for most of the guilty ones still blames others not themselves don't they.? Adam said to God "It was the woman!" The bad thief is talking a lot of common sense but he has no insight into his situation and will probably not end up in Paradise with Jesus that day or may be never - who knows.
But St Dismas as the good thief is known had great insight given to him and was able to make that prayer: "Remember me when you come into your Kingdom". That is a great prayer of faith from a guy being crucified and yet recognising that our Lord was innocent and did not deserve this punishment.
St Paul is able to also confess a great statement of Faith - "Christ is the Image of the Unseen God, - in him were created all things- before anything was created - he existed - he holds all things in unity." Thus Paul speaks with the voice of the Spirit from Colossae. How did Paul get this insight - this grand vision of the Supreme Office of Jesus Christ - all the Thrones, Sovereignties and Powers were created by him - all things visible and not visible... it is amazing ?
Today we too have to make an act of Faith . The evil and anti Christ and anti God Powers are reigning everywhere. Governments and the UN cannot get enough time to enact really evil and immoral laws, raising vices to virtues by diktat of an Act of Parliament. They will get their come uppance you know. Christ is their Supreme judge too and God will not be mocked. Christ is the Universal King and his reign will never come to an end and when this lot of God haters are gone in our generation - Christ will still be loved, adored and worshipped by millions and millions of the children of this earth. The memory of the Pol Pot and others like them - where are they now? Those who strove to see the human rights laws as embodying the right to destroy life in the womb at will - where will they be when Christ comes in all his Glory to judge the living and the dead ? They will be Cowering behind the nearest rock no doubt!
Evil doers of all kinds have a chance of a change of heart otherwise they risk the loss of their souls forever in Hell. One cannot hide from the Living God make visible in Christ Jesus our Lord - our Universal King.
Father Tom Connolly.
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR Are holding a Christmas Cracker morning on Saturday 1st December at St Joseph's Home, Plymouth Grove West at 11.00am. Please go along and support the excellent work of the good nuns.
SYRO-MALABAR RITE Catholics will have their Rite celebrated on the second Saturday of the Month at 3pm from now on at St Edward's Church. Father George has kindly offered this service to the Catholics of Kerala who mainly share this Rite.
FORTY HOURS: Everyone admired the beauty of our Altar at St Edwards for the Forty Hours Devotion. Thank to Michael G our Sacristan for the flower and candle arrangements and thanks to all who never left the Lord in the Sacrament unattended from 10am - 7.30 pm each day. Many graces were given to the parish community through this.
STOLEN LEAD The police following up Kevin Fitzpatrick's lead on the number plate have traced the suspect and will keep us informed.
Father Simon Stamp will be offering the Sunday masses at St. Edwards. He was our only Ordination this year and he is very welcome. He is curate at the Cathedral.
New Salford Diocesan almanacs are on sale at the porch. These contain everything you need to know about the work and priests of our Diocese.
Prayer books for every day of Advent are only £1.
FREE "Advent" calendars from the Bishop - Christian ones!!
ADVENT BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY AND IT WILL BE BACK TO CYCLE A OF THE THREE YEAR CYCLE OF BIBLE READING FOR THE DAILY MASS.