Fr. Aidan Writes:
This Sunday and next, we follow Luke’s account of the visit of Jesus to Nazareth. This week Jesus arrives, goes to synagogue and proclaims the start of his ministry by quoting the Prophet Isaiah and then telling those gathered that the prophecy of Isaiah was being
fulfilled right in front of them. It acts as an echo of what Ezra does in the first reading from the book of the prophet Nehemiah. Next week, we shall see how soon they turn on him. From the get-go, Je- sus amazes many and horrifies others, especially the unbending religious establishment. Jesus not only comforts us but also he should disturb us, shaking us from our complacency and rigidness. He challenges us to grow deeper into him and then to expand our horizons in the way we put our faith into practice. Again, this week, I ask you to look to what you can do for the growth of the parish. Please volunteer and make your faith count in action and worship.
This Sunday falls in the middle of Christian Unity week. We keep our brothers and sisters of other communions in our prayers; let us reach out to stand for Christ together. We must breakdown old animosities and become a united witness to the Faith in Christ Jesus. Together we are that “Body” which Paul speaks of in the second reading today.
It made me proud, as I led the prayers at the end of the Santa Maria Walk for Life, to see several of our parishioners braving the rain and witnessing to life. Let us keep the issues surrounding the legal protection of unborn children in our hearts, minds and prayers at this time.
God bless you and your families, Fr Aidan-Peter CJ
May God bless you, your families, and the week ahead,
Fr Aidan Peter