Welcome to the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord
a community of over 2000
Roman Catholics across the three Churches of St Joseph’s
in Redhill, Holy Family in Reigate and
St Teresa of the
Child Jesus in Merstham.
Willkommen! Vítejte! Bienvenido! Bienvenue! Dobrodošli! Benvenuti! üdvözöljük! Welkom! Witamy Serdecznie! Bom Dia!
26th October 2014
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr A)
Fr Chris writes.....
Please continue to keep in your prayers the worldwide
mission of the Church, as well as for the Church here on
a local level, and especially in our Diocese under the
patronage of St Philip Howard. The words of this week’s
Gospel follow on well …
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind” and “You must love your neighbour as yourself”!
To separate the two great commandments is to miss the point of our ‘being Christian’ and is contrary to the Gospel teachings of Christ.
Holiness is about wholeness and a sense of balance – who we are, what we are about and our inner motivation.
The scribes are saying, “Love God, love law and love religion.” For them this is holiness.
Jesus says to the scribes, however, a To Whom It May Concern in plain language, “Hang on folks, that’s all very well, but you’re leaving out one side of the balance!”
....Holiness is an internal disposition which manifests itself in the external. It is about living out all aspects of our lives out of a desire for love: love of God; love of neighbour and love of ourselves. Just as we believe in a the three persons in the one God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit - so we should believe in the three aspects of love (in balance). ‘Christian love’ is a truly wonderful concept. May we make it a reality, as we interiorise it through prayer, and live it out through lives of faith and in our attitude to all people whose lives we touch. The good news is spread by the witness of one’s life. (cf Thessalonians 1: 5-10 where Paul encourages the Thessalonians by telling them that their exemplary example has become known far and wide).
....May God uphold us all in our missionary endeavours, wherever we may be, among whomever we may be, as we carry that light and hope that Christ brings us in a spirit of true and genuine unconditional, non-judgemental love.
Sunday Mass is celebrated in all three Churches. Together the Parish is committed to celebrating the Catholic faith as part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
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