News for Sunday 23rd August: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Sunday 23rd August 2020: The Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

The weather has taken quite a change for the worse! After all the thunder, lightning, rain and flash-flooding this past week, the wind is picking up and it feels as though we are already fast approaching the autumn and winter! Gales are forecast in some parts of the country and there is a risk of serious damage – particularly to trees that are in “full leaf” and will therefore take the brunt of the force of the wind. Anything that does not have rock-steady foundations may fall. This is why Jesus describes Simon Peter as a rock in this Sunday's Gospel: “You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church.”

So why does Jesus say this? We need to think back over the past few weeks and the events that have been reported in Matthew's Gospel (Chapters 5 – 16) starting with The Sermon on the Mount; Jesus teaching his disciples how to pray with the words of The Lord's Prayer; teaching about the nature of God the Father and the Kingdom of Heaven through the Parables; Walking on the Sea and finally the Feeding of the Five Thousand. Peter has witnessed all these things. He has demonstrated a lack of faith when he stepped out the boat and tried to walk on the water towards Jesus and then, after all of this, Jesus asks his Disciples “But who do you say that I am?” and Peter makes the 'Great Confession' – “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” No wonder Jesus is impressed!

We too make this great confession every time we say the words of the creed: “I believe in One Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God” and we do so every Sunday (or Saturday evening) when we come to Mass. Mass is offered at 6.00pm on Saturday 22nd August; and on Sunday 23rd August at 10.30am.

Stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you soon – weather permitting!

David Griffiths