News from St Mary’s Kenton for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Sunday 30th August 2020: The Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Get behind me, Satan!” It is surprising to hear Jesus say this to Peter in Sunday's Gospel according to Matthew; especially as only a few verses earlier, he was describing Peter as “the rock upon which he was to build this church.” (See last Sunday's commentary). So what on earth prompted Jesus to say this?

Jesus was explaining to his disciples the path that he must take to Jerusalem; that he would suffer and be put to death, in order to rise on the third day. This, naturally, came as a bit of a shock to Simon Peter, who would have done anything to keep Jesus around. So Peter exclaims: “This must not happen to you!” What Peter is saying (although he doesn't realise it) is 'we must change the Will of God'. Since it was through the death and resurrection of Jesus that we are given a new life in Him. When Jesus responds to Peter with the phrase “Get behind me, Satan!” he is really saying: “Get behind me, you adversary (opponent/antogonist)”, in other words, do not object to my destiny, to the Will of God.

It all sounds very harsh – and there is a hint of Jesus being a little cross with Simon Peter. So Jesus goes on to explain:
“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Things are starting to get back to “normal”. The church was “fogged” (deep cleaned) last Monday. Any cash contributions towards the cost will be gratefully welcomed by Fr Edward!

The Election of Churchwardens, Deanery Synod Representatives and Parochial Church Council Members will take place immediately after the Parish Mass on Sunday 6th September. Nominations for any of these roles should be e-mailed to me at by Friday 4th September with details of the Proposer and Seconder nominees. Only those whose name is entered on the Electoral Roll may nominate/second and vote. It will be a busy morning, as there will also be a “socially distanced” celebration to mark 'Lady' Margaret's 99th Birthday! Please speak to Gloria Cowans if you are able to assist.

Looking ahead, our Patronal Festival will be taking place on Sunday 20th September at 4:30pm with the Bishop of Ebbsfleet (so NO MASS on that Sunday Morning) and again, with a “socially distanced” reception afterwards.

Fr Mike's Priestly Ordination takes place at St Andrew's Holborn on Saturday 26th September. Entrance by Ticket Only.

It's all starting to get back on track. Thanks be to God!

David Griffiths