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9th August 2020, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Father David, St Mary of the Assumption, Burnley

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 Our Parish Prayer

Heavenly Father, as your Son became the Good Samaritan to help us through our fallen times, we pray that with your help and guidance our parish family will grow and flourish.

Help us to see the world through your eyes, and to stay on the right path to help those who are in need.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Amen

 

From 14/6/20 - Sunday Morning Mass Organist: Francis Ashworth, organist at St Mary of the Assumption, Burnley

Week-day Public Domain Church Music courtesey of https://www.timeforworship.com/ Organist: Clyde McLennen

 

Homily 19th Sunday Ordinary Time - Fr David

9th August 2020

 

As humans we tend to be creatures of habit. Our sins also tend to be habitual and we seem to repeating the same sins in confession. It is important however that we never stop doing that as to do so is to hand over victory to Satan and our main obstacle is usually pride. Our salvation cost Jesus a great deal of suffering, so costing us a little bit of humility is nothing in comparison.


In football terms they say you are most likely to concede a goal after you have  just scored one. It’s a bit like that with us. In life there are times when we seem to be making great progress getting our spiritual lives together, following the commands of the Gospel, everything is going really well, we feel great and we are almost walking on water then suddenly  from nowhere we revert back to our same old area of sin.

When we do this we are like St Peter in today’s Gospel , achieved the impossible  walking on the raging waters towards Jesus because his faith enabled to trust in Jesus and that everything is possible with him. However the Lord was there to reach out to help Peter who is drowning. The Lord is there for us to reach out to us when we mess up we have however got to have the trust and humility to reach out to Jesus and invite him to bring us closer to him.

Pope Benedict saw this Gospel as illustrating that the Church operates in the area between grace and gravity. The gravity of temptation to sin pulls us down into the rough waters whereas the strong reassuring hand of the grace of Jesus offered in the sacraments through the Church raises us up out of the danger zone and restores us to safety.

Fleeing for his life, in our first reading today, Elijah takes refuge in a cave and knows that God will be present.  There is a mighty wind, an earthquake noisy and mighty powerful as they are, God was not in them. But where he encounters God in the sound of a gentle breeze.

From his cave, Elijah is able to hear the gentle voice of God guiding him and reassuring him. Through the Pandemic for a number of people the pace of life has been slower and quieter and has enabled them to hear more the clearly the reassuring voice of God that is normally drowned out by the busyness of the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


In the raw of the mighty wind and the midst of the storm , with the disciples really struggling to move forward, the voice of Jesus was heard telling them to have courage, not to be afraid and reassure them that he is near.


The same message is given to us ,we are not to despair or be afraid if we really struggle with some area of our lives, where we keep slipping up from time to time. We are to be reassured that in the dark times when we feel alone and  just struggling with our weaknesses and our failures that the Lord is just nearby. He is ready to reach out to us, to remind us of his undying love for us and to reassure that despite our sins that make us feel full of shame, we matter immensely to God.