News for Sunday 9th August 2020: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time “Do not be afraid!”

St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 9th August 2020, XIX Sunday in Ordinary Time.

It's going to be hot! The weather forecast for this weekend is a real scorcher, so many people will be looking forward to some Mediterranean weather – perhaps in compensation for the fact that any prospect of holidaying abroad this year is just a distant prospect! Of course, whilst many people are sun-lovers, there are many who find the heat quite exhausting. It is so important to keep well-hydrated in this heat and drink plenty of water. Of course, if you are looking for somewhere cool, then there is no finer place than St. Mary's, Kenton. Do remember that from this Saturday (8th August) it will be MANDATORY to wear face coverings in places of worship (with exceptions for those who have certain medical conditions). The sooner we can start to see an end to this pandemic, the better it will be for all of us!

This week, the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Matthew's Gospel recounts some pretty extreme weather while the disciples were in a boat out on the lake. As the waters become trecherous, Jesus walks towards the boat. “Courage! It is I!. Do not be afraid!” These are the same words that Jesus speaks to us now, in times of distress when we call to him. He is with us, through the storm, through the exhausting heat, through the pandemic and through our own difficulties. They are the words that Jesus speaks to the people of Beirut who have experienced a disaster which has killed many and caused so much upset in the city – and our prayers are for them as they try to recover from this awful tragedy. They are also the words that Jesus speaks to Mohamad Ramadan and Husain Moosa (featured in this month's ACAT Harrow's “Prayer Case of the Month”) who are facing the death penalty in Bahrain following a grossly unfair trial.

As we pray for ouselves, for our family and friends, and for all those in need, let us not be like Peter to whom Jesus speaks: “Man of little faith, why did you doubt?” But let us put our faith in Jesus, who is with us always. “Do not be afraid!”

The first Mass of Sunday will be celebrated at 6.00pm on Saturday 8th August. Please come if you can. Parish Mass will be at 10.30am on Sunday 9th August. Mass times during the week are given on the Pew Sheet.

David Griffiths