Nehemiah 8:2-10 Psalm 18
I Corinthians 12:12-30 Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today’s Liturgy brings together two separate passages of Luke’s Gospel and presents them to us. The first (1:1-4) is the Prologue, addressed to a certain “Theophilus”. Since this name in Greek means “friend of God” we can see in him every believer who opens himself to God and wants to know the Gospel. Instead the second passage (4:14-21) presents Jesus who, “in the power of the Spirit”, goes to the Synagogue in Nazareth on the Sabbath. As a strict observer, the Lord does not disregard the pattern of the weekly liturgy and joins the assembly of his fellow citizens in prayer and in listening to the Scriptures. The ritual provides for the reading of a text from the Torah or the Prophets, followed by a commentary. That day Jesus stood up to read and found a passage from the Prophet Isaiah that begins this way: “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted” (61:1-2). Origen’s comment was: “It is no coincidence that he opened the scroll and found the chapter of the reading that prophesies about him, this, too, was the work of God’s providence” (Homilies on the Gospel of Luke, 32, 3). In fact when the reading was over in a silence charged with attention, Jesus said, “Today this scripture has [now] been fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21). St Cyril of Alexandria says that “today”, placed between the first and the final coming of Christ, is related to the believer’s ability to listen and to repent (cf. PG 69, 1241). But in an even more radical sense, Jesus himself is “the today” of salvation in history, because he brings to completion the work of redemption. The word “today”, very dear to St Luke (cf. 19:9, 23:43), brings us back to the Christological title preferred by the Evangelist himself, namely: “Saviour” (sōtēr). Already in the infancy narratives, it is present in the words of the Angel to the shepherds: “For to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:11).
Dear friends, this Gospel passage also challenges us “today”. First of all, it makes us think about how we live Sunday, a day of rest and a day for the family. Above all, it is the day to devote to the Lord, by participating in the Eucharist, in which we are nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ and by his life-giving Word. Second, in our diversified and distracted time, this Gospel passage invites us to ask ourselves whether we are able to listen. Before we can speak of God and with God we must listen to him, and the liturgy of the Church is the “school” of this listening to the Lord who speaks to us. Finally, he tells us that every moment can be the propitious “day” for our conversion. Every day (kathçmeran) can become the today of our salvation, because salvation is a story that is ongoing for the Church and for every disciple of Christ. This is the Christian meaning of “carpe diem”: seize the day in which God is calling you to give you salvation!
May the Virgin Mary always be our model and our guide in knowing how to recognize and welcome the presence of God our Saviour and of all humanity every day of our lives.
Pope Benedict XVI
Preached at Saint Peter’s Square, Sunday 27 January 2013.
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FAREWELL TO FR JOSEPH
This weekend we say farewell to Fr Joseph Mathew who is returning to India after a short additional period of studies in London and pastoral work here at Farm Street, building on his year with us as our deacon. He will certainly be missed. We wish Fr Joseph all the best for his future ministry and sincerely hope he returns soon.
FAITH MATTERS QUESTION TIME VIOLENT CRIME IN LONDON:
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
All welcome to an informative evening on an important topic. Speakers will include Barry & Margaret Mizen from the For Jimmy Foundation; Fr Michael Holman, SJ, former Headmaster Wimbledon College; and a representative of the Legatum Institute. The evening will take place on Thursday 7th February at 6.45pm in the parish hall. Recommended donation: £10 on the door. To book please contact Farm Street Office on (020)-7529-4829; or firstname.lastname@example.org
FARM STREET CHARITY BALL
The annual Farm Street Church Charity Ball will take place at the Savile Club on Saturday 2nd February. Tickets cost £140. Booking forms can now be requested in the hall after the 9.30am and 11am Sunday Mass or at reception. Online bookings can also be made by the following the link at www. farmstreet.org.uk. The closing date for booking was last Sunday but there are still a few places left if you wish to book today.
Request for Raffle and Auction Prizes
The raffle and auctions held during the ball help us to raise funds to support various good causes including Farm Street’s Homeless Shelter. Prizes have included theatre, sports, concert and opera tickets, luxury items, holiday stays and one-off experiences. If you would like to donate a prize, please leave this at reception marked FAO: Charity Ball Committee. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
CONCERT WITH ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG
Farm Street Church will be a hosting a concert on Monday 4th February at 7pm in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Society Vinnie Packs for the Homeless. The concert will feature a high-profile line up, including Alexander Armstrong, Miranda Heldt, Alex Macqueen, and The Choir With No Name. Tickets costs £30 and must be booked at Eventbrite.co.uk (search for ‘Vinnie Packs’).
WESTMINSTER DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
To take place on July 20th – 26th 2019. If you are interested in joining the Westminster Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage, as an assisted pilgrim, helper or praying pilgrim, please speak to Fr Dominic or drop a line to email@example.com leaving your name and contact details
IN THE STEPS OF ST IGNATIUS
Pilgrimage to Spain Thursday 4 to Wednesday 10 April 2019 £1079 per person; £98 single room supplement. There are still a few places left for this Ignatian trip with Jimmy Burns, 2018-19 President of the Stonyhurst Association, Fr Nick King SJ and other Ignatian Friends visiting mountain retreat, L’Avenc de Tavernet, Montserrat, Manresa and Barcelona. Please email dthurst52@gmail .com for details.
Your donation could be worth 25% more to us and it won’t cost you an extra penny. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider using the Gift Aid donation envelopes available on the pews for your weekly offering.
Farm Street Church is now able to process donations via contactless payment. Terminals for this can be found in the church and at reception.
The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome. Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
*Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Lisieux, Paris, Nevers, Rocamadour & Montligeon by luxury coach from 25th May to 2nd June for £789 including all excursions.
* Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 3rd September to 11th September for £1,259 including all excursions.
* Pilgrimage to Poland from 10th October to 17th October for £897 including all excursions.
These pilgrimages are not being organized by Farm Street Church. For more information, please contact Mrs Richarde Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 07859 027301.
CATHOLIC & SINGLE?
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498
Mount Street Jesuit Centre
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Why not come to our Regular Events?
• Drop-in Prayer
Every Monday 6.30-7pm
• Lunchtime Lectio
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: February 20th, 2019)
• Book Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm (Next meeting: February 14h, 2019)
BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS GROUP
Facilitated by Maria Shapero
Thursday 7th February 11.30-1pm
Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving…
You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero Mariashapero@hotmail.com or 0755 324 2322 for more details.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 9th February 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.
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE AND MINDFULNESS
Facilitated by Chris Goodchild
Saturday 16th February 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.
SHOW ME the WAY I SHOULD GO: TOOLS FOR MAKING LIFE CHOICES
Facilitated by Chris Chapman
Saturday 23rd February 11am-4pm
How do we learn to become more aware of the presence and guidance of God in the midst of daily life? How do we discern the Spirit when we have to make choices about the work we’ll do, our relationships or our priorities?
Facilitated by Cathy Edge and Lynne Galloway
Saturday 2nd March 11am-4pm
This will be a digital free day, no devices of any kind from at least 11am-4pm, so yes that includes the lunch break!
A practical workshop which will begin with the opportunity to reflect on your use of technology, with questions like how often do you have your smart phone or tablet in your hands…? With the invitation to switch it off and do something different. Perhaps to ‘Log Off for Lent’!