Sunday, 2nd November

Fr Andrew writes:
There has been much written this last month in this parish newsletter about reaching out to others, on mission and on evangelisation.    These are vital ongoing aims.  

November is a more reflective time of year, as the dead are remembered in a special way during this month.  We are asked to pray for them.  One of the beautiful traditions of this season is the yearly blessing of graves.  In this parish it takes place today, Sunday 2nd November, 2.30pm at Chiswick New Cemetery.  The role of the family has been highlighted recently in the media at the Extraordinary Synod that finished in Rome the other week. Many departed family and friends were influential on us in various ways.  They prayed for us.  We spent time in their company.  They taught us valuable lessons.  Although they may not be physically present with us anymore, they are nonetheless spiritually present.  Sometimes their words live on in our memories, certain phrases or things they said.  ‘I remember when such and such used to say….’  Their influence and legacy lives on. We were in relationship with them.  Relationships can be challenging, as they require work and nurturing.  They can also be very rewarding, supportive and sustaining.  What was our relationship like with those people?  Close, distant, happy, sad or difficult?  It may be one or more or all of those things.  

 What is our relationship like with God?  Close, distant, happy, sad or difficult?  Or maybe we are not sure.  What is certain is God wants a relationship with us. Time and time again in the Bible he speaks to his people.  In the Old Testament he spoke through the prophets and in the New Testament he speaks through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Those people he is speaking to are you and I in the scriptures.    He wants to know what you and I are going through at the moment, to help you.  Speak to him as you would to a friend.  Speak to him from your heart. And if you haven’t before, why not try it today!  And don’t give up keep persevering!  He says these words to you in today’s Gospel, reflect on them, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest.’  (Matt 11: 28-29). 

 There has been much written this last month in this parish newsletter about reaching out to others, on mission and on evangelisation.    These are vital ongoing aims. 

 November is a more reflective time of year, as the dead are remembered in a special way during this month.  We are asked to pray for them.  One of the beautiful traditions of this season is the yearly blessing of graves.  In this parish it takes place today, Sunday 2nd November, 2.30pm at Chiswick New Cemetery.  The role of the family has been highlighted recently in the media at the Extraordinary Synod that finished in Rome the other week. Many departed family and friends were influential on us in various ways.  They prayed for us.  We spent time in their company.  They taught us valuable lessons.  Although they may not be physically present with us anymore, they are nonetheless spiritually present.  Sometimes their words live on in our memories, certain phrases or things they said.  ‘I remember when such and such used to say….’  Their influence and legacy lives on. We were in relationship with them.  Relationships can be challenging, as they require work and nurturing.  They can also be very rewarding, supportive and sustaining.  What was our relationship like with those people?  Close, distant, happy, sad or difficult?  It may be one or more or all of those things.  

What is our relationship like with God?  Close, distant, happy, sad or difficult?  Or maybe we are not sure.  What is certain is God wants a relationship with us. Time and time again in the Bible he speaks to his people.  In the Old Testament he spoke through the prophets and in the New Testament he speaks through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Those people he is speaking to are you and I in the scriptures.    He wants to know what you and I are going through at the moment, to help you.  Speak to him as you would to a friend.  Speak to him from your heart. And if you haven’t before, why not try it today!  And don’t give up keep persevering!  He says these words to you in today’s Gospel, reflect on them, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest.’  (Matt 11: 28-29).

Posted on November 9, 2014 .