This Week's Message

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection on this Sunday's Gospel

The Gospel this Sunday contains an epiphany: Jesus is revealed as God, and with their little faith the disciples recognise this and worship him.

Jesus comes to the disciples in the fourth watch of the night, probably sometime just before dawn. They have been fighting with headwinds ever since he left them the previous evening. And when Jesus meets them, he reveals his divinity to them saying “It is I” and urges them, as he and the prophets before him so often did, not to be afraid. At the end they do him homage, just as did the magi before the crib.

It is interesting, I think, that all this happens not after the feeding of the multitude but in the fourth watch of the night. Jesus left the disciples the previous evening and spent the night in prayer while they battled against headwinds. They have not despaired as they do on other occasions, but it has clearly been a hard time. It is sometime after 3 am, and probably close to the first light of dawn, that he comes to them.

As many people struggle at the moment with what is becoming a long night and find themselves against strong headwinds this Gospel reminds us that Jesus is God. He comes with all the strength and power over things that threaten us of the one who is the Lord of Creation. That this encounter happens only after the disciples have had the experience of a hard night should give us hope and courage. The dawn will come, and when it does our Saviour will be revealed and our hearts will be filled with joy. In the meanwhile, our little faith will be enough, and the Lord will hold us firmly by the hand and pray to his Father on our behalf.

God And Technology


I am delighted to welcome you to our new parish website. Please do have a look around.

The website is the fruit of the work of the parish Technology Review Group and they have produced a short overview which you might find helpful. It can be downloaded from the new site by going to the Contacts and Documents page and scrolling down to the Useful Parish Documents section. We have used a well-respected church website platform “Faithlife” as its base which should ensure that it continues to look fresh and work well on tablets and mobile devices.

On behalf of the parish, I would like to express our particular thanks to Ian Honeysett and Cathy Sanderson for their excellent work on the website which has supported the parish mission for many years, and to the Technology Review Group (TRG) for their preparation of the new site.

There are other features which the site offers which we hope to roll out in the future. In the meanwhile comments about the new site and suggestions for its ongoing development can be sent to the TRG through Alan (alion@btinternet.com).

As long ago as 2003, St John Paul II recognised that “The growth of the Internet… provides an unprecedented opportunity for expanding the Church’s missionary outreach, since it has become a primary source of information and communication for so many of our contemporaries, especially the young.” Please join with me in praying that our new website will both draw others to a deeper faith in Christ and call forth a greater commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel in our lives.

With my best wishes and prayers for you all,

Fr Jonathan

WHO ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP TODAY?

This message comes from Bible Alive. It speaks to us all:

“How seriously do you take the call to evangelize? Do you think that evangelization is primarily the work of priests or religious? Does the idea of sharing your faith make you embarrassed or awkward? Well, the truth is that most of us feel a little embarrassed or awkward about sharing our faith. If it is any consolation, many priests and bishops probably do as well.


Why is this? Well, one reason, which can appear to be a very sensible one, is that we don’t want to impose ourselves or our beliefs on others. We comfort ourselves with the thought that others are better equipped and more able, evangelism is a kind of Christian specialism - rather like a brain surgeon is a specialist in their area of medicine and a criminal lawyer is a specialist in their area of law.


The problem with all of the above is that it is simply misguided and wrong. We are all called to evangelize. And sooner or later, whether we like it or not – and most of us don’t like it – we need to share with others the hope we have in Christ. The thing is, it’s not that difficult and people do actually want to hear it! We are the ones who wrongly conclude that people aren’t interested – but they are. If you have a joy about you, a sense of peace, a presence or an attraction, because of the way you live, think, speak and act, then you have already prepared the ground. 


We can be rather like a football team who do all the hard work to get into a goal-scoring position only to fail to score the goal when the opportunity presents itself.”


Prayer: Lord, you have commissioned me to spread the good news to the four corners of the earth. Make me a joyful, enthusiastic and confident witness. 

WHO ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP TODAY?