News for the Third Sunday of Easter: 18th April 2021

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April 2021: The Third Sunday of Easter

We often hear the phrase “walking with Jesus” and it is frequently attributed to the events immediately preceeding this Sunday's Gospel. If we just skip back a few verses in Chapter 24 of Luke's Gospel, we are told that there were two disciples travelling to Emmaus, and as they walked along the road they were talking about and discussing the recent events that had taken place in Jerusalem. Whereupon Jesus approached them and questioned them, and then started teaching them. It was only after he had broken bread with them that they realised that it was Jesus and their response: “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?”

Is this not the same today when we meet our Risen Lord in the Eucharist? When we listen to His words in the Good News of the Gospels? When we receive His forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Absolution? When we sit or kneel before the Blessed Sacrament? Do OUR hearts not burn in his presence?

We do not need to be walking on the road to Emmaus to be “walking with Jesus”. We can do that every day, from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep, and we can be assured that He is there walking with us. The “Footprints in the Sand” verse epitomises this in the line: “During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Many of us will have experienced that presence when we have been at our lowest ebb. Perhaps at numerous times during this pandemic? Perhaps when we have been unwell, or those close to us have been coping with their own difficult and distressing situations. We can understand some of these challenges in the newsletters of ALMA and ACAT that accompany this week's bulletin. The plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is once again in the media spotlight; as is the violence in Cabo Delgado. They are not alone. Jesus is there, walking with them and we pray that they may come to recognise Our Risen Lord, as the disciples did when Christ appeared amongst them.

We join with the Nation and the World in offering our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family; and we give thanks for the life and dedication of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as his Funeral takes place on Saturday 17th April, with a National Minute's Silence at 3.00pm.

Mass at the usual times this weekend. The Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm on Saturday 17th April. Parish Mass at 10.30am on Sunday 18th April.

“So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.”

Christ is Risen. Alleluia! Alleluia!

David Griffiths