14th November 2021

Dear Parishioner

Today's readings give us the assurance that our God will be with us all the days of our lives and that we will have the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst, guiding, protecting, and strengthening us. Each year at this time, the Church asks us to consider the "four last things" - Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.

The readings invite us to focus our attention on the threefold coming of Jesus: 1) Incarnation of the word, as Redeemer. 2) His daily life-giving presence as we live out our Christian calling. 3) His second coming, which could happen at our death, or at the end of time and the world, which concludes our salvation.

The reading from Daniel, gives comfort and hope to the people of God persecuted by a cruel pagan king. It recommends us to live our lives wisely and justly in the present time and to stop worrying about the indefinite future. And the Letter to the Hebrews dares us to look to the future with hope and serenity because Jesus has secured us forgiveness from sins and sanctification by the sacrifice of the cross and now sits forever at God's right hand as the only Mediator between man and God. Mark's Gospel further offers hope to Christians persecuted by the Roman Emperor Nero, by reminding them of Jesus' words about His glorious return to earth with great power and glory as Judge to gather and reward the elect.

So, Daniel and Mark continue to remind us that God will ensure that the righteous will survive the ordeal and will find a place with Him. Through the parable of the fig tree, Jesus warns us all to read the "signs of the time", reminding us that we must be ever prepared to give an account of our lives to Jesus when He comes in glory as our Judge, because we cannot know "either the day or the hour" of His Second Coming.

Fr Jijo George


Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Sunday: Terry Proudfoot, Fr Terence Howes
Monday: Fr James Allis
Wednesday: Frank & Louise Stratham, Fr Richard (Dick) Ashton
Friday: Fr John Harden
Saturday: Fr James Lindburgh
Sunday: Brian Lynch