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17 January 2021

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 3:3-10,19
Psalm 39 (40)
1 Corinthians 6:13-15,17-20
Gospel: John 1:35-42

As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi,’ – which means Teacher – ‘where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour.

One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.

Collect Prayer: Almighty ever-living God, who govern all things, both in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the pleading of your people and bestow your peace on our times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Saints of the week:

  • Wed 20 St Fabian, Pope & martyr or Saint Sebastian, martyr.
  • Thu 21 St Agnes, virgin & martyr.
  • Fri 22 St Vincent, Deacon, martyr.

Readings Sunday 24/1 (3rd in OT)

  1. 1 Sam 3:3b-10.19
  2. Psalm: 40 (39)
  3. 1 Cor 6:13c-15a.17-20
  4. John 1:35-42

Go forth!

Jesus sent his disciples forth on mission with this command: “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk 16:15-16). To evangelize means to bring the Good News of salvation to others and to let them know that this Good News is a person: Jesus Christ. When I meet him, when I discover how much I am loved by God and saved by God, I begin to feel not only the desire, but also the need to make God known to others. At the beginning of John’s Gospel we see how Andrew, immediately after he met Jesus, ran off to fetch his brother Simon (cf. 1:40-42). Evangelization always begins with an encounter with the Lord Jesus. Those who come to Jesus and have experienced his love, immediately want to share the beauty of the meeting and the joy born of his friendship. The more we know Christ, the more we want to talk about him. The more we speak with Christ, the more we want to speak about him. The more we are won over by Christ, the more we want to draw others to him.

Through Baptism, which brings us to new life, the Holy Spirit abides in us and inflames our minds and hearts. The Spirit shows us how to know God and to enter into ever deeper friendship with Christ. It is the Spirit who encourages us to do good, to serve others and to give of ourselves. Through Confirmation we are strengthened by the gifts of the Spirit so that we can bear witness to the Gospel in an increasingly mature way. It is the Spirit of love, therefore, who is the driving force behind our mission. The Spirit impels us to go out from ourselves and to “go forth” to evangelize. Dear brothers and sisters, allow yourselves to be led on by the power of God’s love. Let that love overcome the tendency to remain enclosed in your own world with your own problems and your own habits. Have the courage to “go out” from yourselves in order to “go forth” towards others and to show them the way to an encounter with God.
(Cf. Em. Pope Benedict XVI, Message 18/10/2012).

St. Sebastian, Martyr (c. 257-c. 288)

St. Sebastian was an officer in the Roman army, esteemed by pagans as a good soldier, and honored by the Church as a champion of Jesus Christ. Born at Narbonne, France, Sebastian came to Rome about the year 284. There, he found twin brothers Marcus and Marcellinus in prison for the faith, and when they were near yielding to entreaties, encouraged them to despise flesh and blood and die to themselves for Christ. God confirmed his words by miracle: light shone around him while he spoke; he cured the sick by his prayers; and in this divine strength led many to the faith, among them the Prefect of Rome, with his son Tiburtius.

Sebastian saw his disciples die before him, and one of them came back in vision to tell him that his own end was near. It was during a contest of fervor and charity that St. Sebastian found the occasion of martyrdom. The Prefect of Rome, after his conversion, retired to his estates in Campania, and took a great number of his fellow-converts with him to this place of safety. It was a question of whether Polycarp, a priest, or St. Sebastian should accompany the neophytes. Both were eager to stay and face the danger at Rome, but at last the Pope decided that the Roman church could not spare Sebastian’s services. Thus St. Sebastian continued to labor at his post till he was betrayed by a false disciple. He was led before Diocletian, and at the emperor’s command, was shot with arrows and left for dead. But God raised him up; and of his own accord, he went before the emperor and conjured him to stay the persecution of the Church. Again sentenced, St. Sebastian was at last beaten to death by clubs – crowning his labors by the merit of a double martyrdom. (Source: dailygospel.org)

Saint Sebastian, pray for us!

Weekly News

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 Week of prayer for Christian Unity (18 – 25)

As every year, we unite with the whole Church, to invoke the gift for which the Lord Jesus himself prayed at the Last Supper, before his Passion: “that they may all be one, even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (Jn. 17:21).

During this week you can join us in this prayer: Almighty ever-living God, who gather what is scattered and keep together what you have gathered, look kindly on the flock of your Son, that those whom one Baptism has consecrated may be joined together by integrity of faith and united in the bond of charity. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 Caritas Could you, please, consider these items in your future donations:

  • Coats (for adults and children), blankets or duvets, bedding, throws.
  • Adult diapers (L or XL).
  • Nappies in all sizes and Nan milk (1,2,3…).
  • Adult socks and underwear.

You can bring your donation to the Presbytery (drop off in front of the house), or call Neil (97729127) for pick-up service. For more information, contact Fr. Fernando or Wendy Burdon (99040294).

If you have time to spare, we have some people (older teenagers/adults) who would love to learn English or Greek online with a teacher. When restrictions allow, you can also help with lessons at the Learning Refuge (one to one). Contact office for information (26931308).

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