Ezekiel 2:2-5 Psalm 122
2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 Mark 6:1-6
TWO FACES OF JESUS (MARK 6:1-6)
We meet two faces of Jesus in Mark’s gospel, the gospel which we hear on most Sundays this year. On the one hand, we have many instances of the “strong Jesus”, who exercises the power of God himself. Unlike contemporary scribes, he speaks with authority (Mark 1:22, 27). He forgives sins (2:5), he calls himself the bridegroom (2:19), like God married to his people (Isaiah 54:5). He teaches at length, instructing disciples and crowds about the mystery of the kingdom of God in his parables (Mark 4:11). His miracles astonish us: he calms a storm (4:39), casts out a legion of demons (5:13), heals by touch (5:29), raises the dead (5:42). He feeds 5000 with five loaves (6:41) and 4000 with seven loaves (8:6). He walks on water, an activity which belongs only to God (6:48; Job 9:8).
But he also was one who died the death of a slave; he was brutally executed, condemned by religious and political authorities. His disciples deserted him (14:50); Judas betrayed him (14:10); Peter, their leader, denied all knowledge of him (14:71). His fate was foreshadowed at key moments. He needed to pray in a desert place after his healings in Capernaum (1:35); he prayed alone on a mountain after he fed the 5000 (6:46). He was aware of the fate in store for him. Three times he warned his disciples (8:31; 9:31; 10:33). Today, we hear about his rejection in his home town. Its people knew him as a manual worker; they knew his family. Where did he find the wisdom that enabled him to speak his parables or the force behind his great acts of power? Here the evangelist makes an astonishing claim; because of their lack of faith, he could do no miracles there, and he wrote this about one who had just raised a young girl from death to life (6:1-6).
Some of us find it easier to believe in Jesus as the divine Son of God than in a human Jesus like us “in all things but sin” (Hebrews 4:15). When we meet problems, we glibly say that it was all right for Jesus because he was the Son of God. Our faith insists that he was true man. In Mark’s gospel, he experiences our human emotions. Compassion overwhelmed him when a leper accosted him (1:41); he was furious at the hard-heartedness of the authorities in the synagogue (3:5); he did not know who the woman was who touched him (5:30). Praying in Gethsemane on the night before his passion, he was agitated and distressed (14:33).
Mark ended his story of Jesus with his vindication. After his death on the cross, the curtain of the temple was torn in two (15:38) and a pagan centurion confessed that he was the Son of God (15:39). God
raised him from the dead (16:6). When women came to his tomb searching for his body, a young man instructed them to tell his disciples, including Peter, to meet him in Galilee (16:7). We are invited to meet him there too, not to imitate the people of his home town who disowned him but to join those people of Capernaum who sought him when he began his ministry (1:37).
Fr. Peter Edmonds, S.J.
FAREWELL, BRO. JAMES!
We wish every blessing to Brother James Hodkinson SJ who moves to Campion Hall, Oxford. Saturday July 14th will be his last time with us at the Saturday evening Mass. Br James has been a wonderful part of the ministry of the parish and the Jesuit Community over many years as a reader, Eucharistic Minister, and as a daily presence at the 8am Mass in his favourite place in front of the painting of the Sacred Heart. A man of deep prayer, friendship and wisdom, Br James will be greatly missed by many, especially those faithful to the weekday morning and Saturday Evening Masses.
GARDEN PARTY TODAY
The Summer Fayre and Garden Party will take place today Sunday July 8th in Mount Street Gardens from 12 until 4pm. All are welcome to this annual parish celebration.
Armel Yoro, who has been our Sacristan since 2013, has accepted a job in France and will be leaving us to move there during August with his wife and three children.
Armel has been a key part of Farm Street Church’s parish life for nearly six years and we will miss him very much. His last Sunday with us will be July 22nd. We wish him, Elisabeth and the three children every blessing and happiness.
MARY’S MEALS COLLECTION TODAY
Mary’s Meals will be at church this Sunday morning only to collect all your unwanted clothing/bedding (no duvets or pillows). Please bring all your bags before 12 noon.
Please ensure all clothing/bedding is put into tied black sacks – 3 full sacks will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year! Thank you.
APPEAL FOR AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED TODAY
There will be an appeal and a second collection at all Sunday Masses this weekend of July 7th – 8th , raising money for ACN’s work providing food, shelter, medicine and pastoral help to people in Syria and Iraq. Please give generously and remember persecuted Christians in your prayers. Speaking at the appeal will be Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, ACN UK Chaplain, and the charity’s UK head of press John Pontifex who will both take part in the British 10K run in central London on Sunday, 15th July for the above causes. Sebastian Cichocki, Farm Street Maintenance Manager will also be running.
THREE NEW PRIESTS
Congratulations to former 11am Mass Eucharistic Minister Fr John Tabor who was ordained priest at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday June 30th. Fr Tabor is appointed Assistant Priest at Ss Peter and Paul, Northfields. Congratulations also to Jesuits Fr. Philip Harrison and Fr Kensy Joseph, ordained at St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill last Saturday. Fr. Harrison is going to Rome for Scripture studies and Fr Joseph is appointed College Chaplain at St. Aloysius College, Glasgow.
WHAT ARE YOU READING?
Fr Peter Edmonds SJ who regularly assists in our church, reminds us of three books he has written, all available in the Bookshop and in Reception.
– To help you with the Sunday readings; “an informative and accessible guide” for every Sunday of the year, “The Way Companion to the Sunday Missal” (£10)
– A memoir of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land informed by a reading and course on St Luke: “A pilgrim’s guide to the land, personalities and the language of Luke”. “Rediscover Jesus” (£10)
– Just published: “The Way Companion to Synoptic Gospels”, an invitation to recognise the distinctive voices of Matthew, Mark and Luke and to make them our friends (£12)
THE HELPERS OF GOD’S PRECIOUS INFANTS
The Helpers reach out in love and compassion to mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and to those who have suffered the effects of abortion. Why not come and join us and help to hold out God’s Hand of Love and Mercy? The next Rosary Procession Vigil, led by Father Jacob Hausman, CFR, will be held on Saturday July 21st at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, 557-559 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0RB. We begin with The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 9am. We then start our Rosary Procession at 9.45am following an Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to Marie Stopes abortion centre, 88 Russell Rd, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QB where we pray 15 decades of the Rosary and sing hymns, returning at approx. 12md to the church for refreshments. Full details on poster in church porch or contact tel. 01727 763832 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIENDS OF FARM STREET
Newsletter 3rd Edition
The third edition of the Friends of Farm Street newsletter was sent to all subscribers two weeks ago on Thursday June 28th. If you are a Friend of Farm Street and did not receive your copy via email please let us know.
31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS
We are inviting you to join our third annual 31 days of St Ignatius, a month long celebration of all things Ignatian with a series of 31 daily messages guiding you through the different Ignatian ways to pray throughout July culminating on St Ignatius feast day on the 31st.
Each week in July, we explore a different style of Ignatian prayer into help and guide you into a deeper relationship with God.
To take part in the celebrations, simply sign up to receive the 31 Days of St Ignatius daily email at www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius and each day in July, you will receive an inspiring prayer-centred message straight to your inbox. You can also view the messages and follow the celebrations on twitter using the hashtag #31DaysofStIgnatius and on Facebook at JesuitsinBritain.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Next Programme 2018/19
Start date: 7th October 2018
Celebration: 9th June 2019
If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us on email@example.com to request an application form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street. Forms must be returned by September 30th 2018.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP SYRIAN REFUGEES
The Parish is looking for volunteers to help the integration of a Syrian family, who will be resettled in North London from June. We are looking for Arabic speakers, education professionals, HR experts, medical staff, mental health specialists. Also, if you know about any accommodation that could be rented by the Parish to welcome other Syrian families, please do let us know so that we can make contact(s) with landlords. For any queries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
WORLD YOUTH DAY
World Youth Day is an international event with the Pope, and Catholics from across the world. The next WYD will be in Panama, Central America, in January 2019. The Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry are organising a pilgrimage for young adults to attend this life changing event. Scholarships for 50% are also available to support young adults wishing to go. More information: dowym.com/events/wyd-panama-2019 or email: email@example.com
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
The next World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis takes place in Dublin from 21st – 26th August. This gathering brings together couples, families and individuals from all over the world to celebrate, pray, and reflect on the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. To find out about joining our Westminster Diocesan Group please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and to visit the World Meeting of Families website just type in www.worldmeeting2018.ie.
The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation.
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Our Regular Events
• Midday Meditation: Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm
• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed: 3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: July 18, 2018)
Ignatian Retreat Day
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 14th July 11am-4pm
These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other. There is no need to book for these days, just come along.
For your diary: Mount Street Jesuit Centre Open Day!
114 Mount Street, Saturday 15 September, 11am-4pm
Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc. Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm. There will be friendly faces and cake!
Alexander Technique & Mindfulness
Facilitated by Chris Goodchild
Saturday 21st July 11am-4pm
This workshop will explore in detail how the Alexander Technique evolved, how it can be applied and, most importantly, how it can be combined with mindfulness in giving us tools to be more present in life.
DEEPENING OUR AWARENESS OF GOD WITHIN US
This very successful course, which has been running at Mount Street Jesuit Centrefor the past thirteen years, offers experiences of different ways of praying, reflecting and listening, so as to foster the connection between life and prayer. It is an opportunity to discover and develop our understanding of the spirituality taught by St Ignatius of Loyola, that of ‘Finding God in all Things’ and it is experiential – you can only experience Ignatian Spirituality, you cannot be taught it.
The 2018/19 course runs
- Tuesday evenings: 6.30 – 8.30pm, from 11th September 2018 to 2nd July 2019.
- Thursday daytime: 11am – 1pm, from 13th September 2018 to 4th July 2019,
In addition, there will be three Saturday sessions 11am-4pm, one in each term.
To apply for this course it is essential to complete an application form, available from reception, the back of the church, or from the website http://www.mountstreet.info, and return it to Mount Street Jesuit Centre as soon as possible.
Our new brochures for 2018-19 will soon be available at the church doors and our website will be updated throughout August.