05Apr

We have a Gospel to proclaim

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What a glorious Holy Week. Lots of people in church, plenty of obvious devotion from those attending. The Triduum went without hitch and the choir and servers excelled themselves. As one of our congregation remarked, in the pub after the Vigil last night, our little church continues to punch well and truly above its weight. Thank you to everyone who has been part of it.

Yet there is not room for complacency. For as I drove home from church this morning, from a glorious Easter day Mass at which we baptised baby Harry Grech, I was struck by how many people were just about the daily grind. I was struck by how the meaning of Easter is just lost on most Britons today. A bus went passed with shoppers, the rubbish collection service was parked at the end of the road hungry for recycled goods. Joggers and cyclists were exercising aplenty. The public houses are full. For so many people in Britain this was just another bank holiday the purpose of which entirely passes them by. Christ’s resurrection has not touched them at all.

In his Maundy Thursday homily Father Nicholas reminded us that we must care for the salvation of souls. We who love the Lord must take greater responsibility. We have been tasked with going out into the world to proclaim the good news! All of us should be hungry to add new members to the Church he founded on the Apostles. All should be about the work of calling people into the unity.

Have a truly wonderful Easter but do not put your feet up. Get out there and share your faith with love and enthusiasm. Dare to be an evangelist and missioner. Dare to share your faith that you might save a soul from ruin. These isles have been converted more than once having fallen away from Christ. Now is the time for a new evangelisation. And we need outward looking missioners full of zeal. Men and women whose hearts are close to Christ from whom grace can flow to others.

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5 thoughts on “We have a Gospel to proclaim

  1. I couldn’t agree more. I am devastated, that I wasn’t able to go to church for the Triduim, almost made it on Thursday. I would have been in floods of tears if I had seen that bus. As for people running \jogging, attend church first then have your fun. No, we mustn’t be complacent. I was truly shocked when a friend put on Facebook that she was at Costa Coffee today. Do these businesses not realise their employees have a family and life outside work. I am disgusted that shops are now allowed to open on Good Friday. When I was a child everything shut accept for fish and chips shops (fish on Fridays). My mum wouldn’t do any washing on Good Friday, she also instilled that in me. It is also disgraceful that some shops are allowed to open Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. Sorry, rant over!!

  2. Worth noting for future reference that the Triduim from St. Peter’s in Rome is carried live free to air and in repeat by EWTN on Freesat and the Internet.

    1. Ewtn isn’t on Freesat yet. You can get it on a Freesat box if you switch it to FTA mode, but it can be a hassle. Come on Freesat, give us Ewtn!

      1. It is also live on http://www.ewtn.co.uk and, I’m told, on YouTube.

        For those of you with suitable satellite boxes it goes out free to air (FTA) on Hotbird 13D (13.0 E), Astra 1M (19.2 E) and on Astra 28A (28.2 E). Astra on 28.2 E also carries all the BBC and ITV channels. Sky carries it as a subscription service. Why pay for what’s free?. I can get it on an ancient and cheap box that came from Lidl may years ago.

  3. Surprised you haven’t yet commented on the demise of traditional choirs in the English churches of TW, reported in the Courier.
    The way it’s worded, looks like you were driven to suicide, or leaving Christianity by the propensity of some folk to have secular music, pop songs, at the graveside.
    I can’t agree with you more about that. I’ve recently attended my first completely Godless funeral, of a colleague in her 50s. Somehow at the reception afterwards, I ended up with other Christians of differing denominations, resolving to pray for her soul.
    I’ve also been to funerals where God is largely ignored, jazz instead of hymns, poems instead of readings or prayers.
    Nonetheless modern church music can be done well. At St Augustine’s we have a traditional choir, monthly TaizĂ© service, and the “folk choir” led by the redoubtable Nick Pointer. If non-traditional church music means a couple of the vicar’s kids with guitar and drums, or PowerPoint, or banal “choruses”, it will almost certainly be unworthy of the Almighty. But when we sing “Christ be our Light” at the end of special services, as is now our tradition, to raise the roof, only the most Puritan could not go forth filled with the love of Christ.
    The Catholic Church adapts to the times, not in Gospel values, although our understanding develops. We have a solid witness to Christ’s teaching in our dear Papa Francesco, a man in whom the joy of the Gospel shines out.

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