'We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything,
and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders;
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.'
In today’s gospel, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem – and eventually, to his death. He knows His fate, and as such it is of vital importance that the disciples begin to take re-sponsibility for the work Jesus is entrusting to them, which is simply to proclaim, “the kingdom of God”.
Because His death is approaching fast, a time pressure is created, and this is very much evident in the gospel. Jesus urges them to “start off now”, or in common parlance, “don’t hang around”! The disciples are to travel light, unhindered by ‘excess baggage’! The suggestion that they are not to waste words on idle chatter, but get straight down to business, not only reflects the urgency of the mission, but also their point of focus – proclaiming the kingdom. If the disciple’s words fall on ‘stony ground’, Jesus is very clear that they are not to waste time and they should move on to their next ‘port of call’; however, people’s disinterest in the message will come back to bite them at some point!
The disciples who were successful in delivering the proclamation of the kingdom wit-nessed many marvellous and joyful things in those people who embraced the message of God’s love. Jesus commends the disciples’ good works, but at the same time surreptitiously checks their egos, “do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.”
We believe that every baptised person is called to continue Jesus’ work. But it is something which we don’t do for Him, it is something we do in conjunction with Him. In other words, through our faith relationship with Christ we bring His wisdom, power and love, as such work can only be done through His power.
We invite you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance. 'Sacred Space'
Pope Francis asks us not to forget the hungry and marginalised.
So please don’t forget the SVP helping the vulnerable in the Southend area.
Bring an item to Mass next week please!
Their stocks are generally low all over. The full list is on their page, but includes: - Tinned Veg Meals; UHT Milk; Squash; Coffee; Tinned Fruit; Tinned Custard/Rice Pudding; Pasta Sauces;
Roll-On Deodorant; Sunscreen; Shampoo; Shower Gel; Toilet Rolls; Bottled Water; Sanitary Products; Tinned Meat/Fish.
Please drop anything that you can spare into the Presbytery or give it to one of the Ushers.
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At the moment we are looking to restart Children’s Liturgy from September.
If anyone is interested in going on the rota to run a Liturgy Session during the 10.45 Mass, please contact Fr. Brett or Sharon.
Training will be given, and a DBS Check will need to be undertaken.
BETWEEN 18 AND 22?
Not sure what to do after A-levels or
University, and want some breathing
space? Walsingham House@Abbotswick
are looking for young people to join
their team, You’d live and work as
part of the community there, helping
to run retreats for young people
aged 10 -18.
Our retreats are a mix of prayer, games, discussions and workshops. If you have an interest in working with young people in the future, are enthusiastic, hardworking, involved with your faith and enjoy working with others then please get in touch. We will provide you with leadership development which will give you skills that will help in your future.
We aim to accompany you in your faith journey, enabling you to share that with others. In addition to this your accommodation and meals are included along with a weekly stipend.
Through team training, holidays and a week in Lourdes we aim to build a wonderful community. For more details, contact:- Joseph Beattie
We pray for Vocations. While we all have a vocation - the most fundamental is our vocation to love – we pray especially for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. This is not about asking God to plug clergy gaps in the diocese! It is about playing our part in helping others to live their life of love as God has ordained it, whatever shape or form that comes in.
I invite you to say the Vocations prayer on the back of the card that is being handed out this weekend. Why not cast your ‘fishing line’ out and pass a card onto someone you might think could benefit from reading it!
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Don’t forget the Coffee Morning after the 10.45am Mass most weekends, check the newsletter. Some spaces are still available for charities.
If anyone wants to host a Coffee Morning, please contact the office.
Every Tuesday in St. George’s church at 7pm
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