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A message from Francis Street Parish: Thinking that we have beaten COVID 19 is a huge mistake. We should be glad about the progress we've made and look to the future with hope. But carelessness in the present moment could undo everything. Continue to be vigilant. Be the olution, not the problem!

The Church of St Nicholas of Myra is planning to re-open on Saturday 04 July 2020 for the 6pm Mass. The church will be open from 5.30pm. Please do not arrive before this time. Further information about how this will be managed will be available soon. Update on opening here

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Friday 03 July

A reading from the 2nd letter of St. Paul to Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.

This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God


Psalm: I Will Fear No More - The Afters


A reading from the Gospel of Mark 12:18-27

Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that 'if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.' There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her." Jesus said to them, "Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.

This is the Gospel of the Lord


Reflection

"He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong." This has to be one of the most comforting statements in the New testament. Jesus address the question of "life after death" not with a yes or no answer but by explaining the nature of God. God is the God of the living. In other words when God gives life, it is an eternal gift. This reflects God's nature. There are no half measures with God. When gives, he gives, full stop. This is because God is Love. True Love knows no limits or boundaries. For love to be true it must be "Everything" and not "Something". Life is eternal - and not when we die - but from the very beginning. It has always been God's intention that life for us is eternal. Death is no more than another "door" through which we pass. Death is not our destruction. God's love for us is so overwhelming, that the thought of our destruction is absolutely a "no-no" for God. This has huge implications for us. We must allow ourselves to understand that this gift is so precious, that every second of it must cherished and lived as fully as we possibly can. There is no room for waste. This is a gift, that only really comes into its own when it is shared, and shared generously. God shared all of himself with us. We must do the same for one another.


Final Hymn: Go In Peace - Sarah Hart

 

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