News for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2021: The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have you heard any thunder yet? There are storms brewing, mainly caused by the very hot weather we have been having recently. The Meteorological Office have predicted there may be thunder, lightning and flash flooding possible over the next 48 hours. A sudden downpour of heavy rain last month caused Kenton Road to look like a river 'in spate' near Kenton Railway Bridge. Do take care and let's hope that none of us get caught in an unexpected storm. Unfortunately, this is just one of many things over which we have absolutely no control!

Much like the disciples as we hear in the Good News from Mark's Gospel on Sunday. Jesus suggests that they take a boat to “cross over to the other side”. Now the Sea of Galilee is quite a large body of water (imagine the London Boroughs of Brent and Harrow together and then double the size!) Its location also lends itself to sudden and violent storms, so we should not be surprised to hear that “it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped.” In many ways, we can understand the fear that the disciples were experiencing. Perhaps we too find ourselves in “stormy times” in our lives. Just like the disciples, it is often at these times when we reach out to Our Lord: “Master, do you not care?” And Jesus will always reply: “Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?”

As we found out on Monday, the “roadmap out of lockdown” has been extended for a further four weeks to 19th July. This means that we remain in the Stage 3 Covid restrictions on limiting the number of worshippers (as we have to maintain the 2 metre distancing rules between unrelated individuals or family groups), wear face masks, sanitise hands, refrain from communal singing and all the other restrictions which we have been adhering to over the past 6 months. The first Mass of Sunday will be on Saturday 19th June at 6.00pm. Parish Mass on Sunday 20th June is at 10.30am. You are most welcome. But if you are still not sure about meeting indoors, then please join us online.

We may not be able to sing together in church at this time, but the account in Mark's Gospel brings to mind some of the lyrics from the hymn “For those in peril on the sea” (often known by its first line: “Eternal Father strong to save”)

Oh Christ whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word
Who walkest on the foamy deep
And how amidst the storm did sleep
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in Peril on the sea.

David Griffiths