Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ

The image of Christ carrying the Cross - consonant with the words of the Gospel this weekend - reminds us that Jesus came to free mankind from our burdens by taking them upon Himself: Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest…United with Christ always, the difficulties, crosses and sacrifices of this life on earth are bearable and tolerable. The Christian life, when lived in authentic imitation of Christ, allows us to live in such a manner as to relieve others of their burdens.  Sometimes this will mean us doing some small acts of service and charity.  At times it will mean giving a word of encouragement or hope. At other times it will be to help someone to look at Jesus so that they may see their situation in a clearer perspective, with the light of the Master. We may think too of those aspects of our behaviour with which sometimes, without really meaning to, we make life harder for others…our whims and fancies, our rash judgements, negative criticism, lack of consideration for others, or unkind words.  Looking at Jesus carrying the Cross helps us to see our lives always in the perspective of His, and to live knowing He carries us and our burdens, and asks us to do the same for others.

Thanks to all of you who came and participated in the Parish Meeting and Garden Party last Sunday; we’ve done very well this year weather-wise for our outdoor events!  Thank you for all the positivity and good energy that you express on these occasions.  A special thank you to those who prepared the food and wine which made the evening another memorable and enjoyable occasion.

God bless you all!

Msgr Kevin Hale ✚ 01702 478078
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