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
7th February 2016
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Yr C)
Fr Chris writes.....
I think that Jesus relates to us in a special way when we seem to fail. The fishermen whom Jesus encounters are not chastised or ridiculed, nor are they compared to those with a successful catch - Jesus doesn’t rub salt into the wound! When people show us that self-same compassion, they believe in us, encourage us and challenge us. That is a part of the priestly ministry I love, encouraging people to feel liberated and loved, in an often confusing world. Jesus did not allow Peter and his companions to rest in failure. Instead he challenged them to try again: “Launch out into the deep and let down the nets for a catch.” All of us have great potential; and we need people to unlock that potential that is within!
As well as my neighbour and parishioners, Jesus offers me challenge and encouragement too. Jesus recognised that Peter was a sinner but he was also capable of goodness. So, to Peter and his companions he throws out a challenge – to leave their nets and become ‘fishers of men’. They respond to the call of Jesus as his first disciples. They leave everything and follow him. Like Peter, I need to cast aside personal goals and ambition and follow Jesus with my heart and mind set on God’s Kingdom. I hope and pray that I will be joined by many co-workers in the years to come!!!
Wed 10 February - Ash Wednesday
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