Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, ‘Master, do you not care? We are going down!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Mark Chapter 4
The image, from the Walters Art Museum, is Christ on the Sea of Galilee by Eugene Delacroix.
Canon Paul writes: Pope Francis has published his Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’’ on care for our common home. He reminds us that creation, with its balance and beauty, is an expression of God’s infinite love and care for us. We too therefore are called to live in love and respect for everything that God has created. That love and respect is our motivation for caring for our earthly home and must guide the ay we use the resources of creation which are always God’s gift to us. Laudato Si has been well received in many quarters and even in non-religious ones. Pope Francis models the way of Evangelisation because he manages to connect the concerns of the Gospel with the lives of all people regardless of their faith or religious traditions. We would do well to follow his example.
Our reading from the Book of Job today, gives us a very timely question “Who pent up the sea behind closed doors?” and in the Gospel, Jesus demonstrates the power he has over the forces of nature. There are two ethical implications for us. One is to trust that God’s power for our good and wellbeing is greater than our own. The second is that our lives in creation, and supported by it, must be guided by Christ’s law of love. PJT
You can read the Pope’s encyclical in full by clicking below:
It’s a long and complex document – you may find it helpful to read this article summarizing the encyclical. It is by Fr James Martin SJ, and appeared on the website of ‘America: The National Catholic Review’ on Thursday.
Top Ten Takeaways from ‘Laudato Si”
Saint of the Week
St Thomas More – Feast Day June 22nd
St. Thomas More was born in London in 1478. After a thorough grounding in religion and the classics, he entered Oxford to study law. Upon leaving the university he embarked on a legal career which took him to Parliament. In 1505, he married his beloved Jane Colt who bore him four children, and when she died at a young age, he married a widow, Alice Middleton, to be a mother for his young children. A wit and a reformer, this learned man numbered Bishops and scholars among his friends, and by 1516 wrote his world-famous book “Utopia”. He attracted the attention of Henry VIII who appointed him to a succession of high posts and missions, and finally made him Lord Chancellor in 1529. However, he resigned in 1532, at the height of his career and reputation, when Henry persisted in holding his own opinions regarding marriage and the supremacy of the Pope. The rest of his life was spent in writing mostly in defence of the Church. In 1534, with his close friend, St. John Fisher, he refused to render allegiance to the King as the Head of the Church of England and was confined to the Tower. Fifteen months later, and nine days after St. John Fisher’s execution, he was tried and convicted of treason. He told the court that he could not go against his conscience and wished his judges that “we may yet hereafter in heaven merrily all meet together to everlasting salvation.” And on the scaffold, he told the crowd of spectators that he was dying as “the King’s good servant-but God’s first.” He was beheaded on July 6, 1535.
Thursday 25th June – Mass of SS. Peter and Paul at St. Peter’s School at 9.15am followed by Sports Day and Family Picnic.
Saturday 27th June – Junior Youthcat. The next session is from 10.00 to 11.15pm in the Pastoral Centre. This is a programme of introduction to our faith for children in years R, 1 and 2; Bible stories, the basics of our faith, craft activities and doughnuts. It is a good way for your child to start making friends and becoming familiar with the church before the First Holy Communion programme in year 3.
Sunday 28th June – St. Peter’s Youth Choir Coffee Concert is in the Pastoral Centre after the 10.30am Mass. Please stay for Coffee and Cakes and enjoy the programme of singing that our Youth Choir has been working hard to prepare. They are singing so well, please come and listen! Collection during the concert in support of the Covenant With the Poor.