News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2022: The Fifth Sunday of Lent
One cannot fail, but to be moved by the writings of Saint Paul in his Epistles. The Letter to the Philippians that we will hear read this weekend is believed to have been written around 62 CE (Common Era) or more often written as 62 AD (Anno Domini – “in the year of the Lord”) while Paul was in prison in Rome. Given that this was the background to his writing, helps us to appreciate the context of his thoughts:
“I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I can look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ and be given a place in him.”
Would we … Could we … say the same in our lives and in our situations? Each of them challenging in their own ways; each of us with our own crosses to bear. “…nothing … will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus.” We have followed in his footsteps as we have kept our Lenten observance and we have done it because we want to be more like him. There are still a few weeks yet to go … but in just over a week's time we will observe the start of Holy Week. Saint Paul motivates us as he writes: “I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us upwards to receive is Christ Jesus.”
Let us stay focussed on that prize as we look forward to the joy of The Resurrection.
Given the situation in The Ukraine at this time, this month's ACAT Prayer Case of the Month is most apposite. Vladislav Yesypenko is a freelance journalist who was fined, and sentenced to six years imprisonment in February 2022, at a court in Simferopol, the capital of Russian-occupied Crimea. His home is now in Kyiv and he has joint Russian/Ukrainian nationality. We pray that the hearts of Vladimir Putin and the Russian oppressors may be turned from hatred to love, and for an end to this senseless destruction of property; and for those who have been injured, for those who mourn and for those who have died.
The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 2nd April at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 3rd April at 10.30am.
“All I want is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and to share his sufferings …”