4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year of Saint Joseph
31st January 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
St Joseph’s update: Take extra care to stay well with still a lot of infections being transmitted. Please remember that the Sunday Mass obligation can be fulfilled without it being Mass on a Sunday. The Sabbath was made for you and not you for the Sabbath.
It seems likely that further restrictions will be introduced after the weekend. We will need to adapt and plan when these are known. In the meantime, Sunday Mass registration is being done on a week-by-week basis. Thanks for your understanding. Please keep Jim Donegan and our sick in your prayers.
Collection 24 Jan: Mass Collection € 604.16 ADP : € 750; La Quête: € 24. The generosity you show to Mass collection, ADP and La Quête is greatly appreciated.
Order of Malta annual Leprosy Collection will be taken leaving Mass on Sunday. Please support this work if possible for you.
Al Anon: 3 Paris meetings in English weekly www.al-anon-alateen.fr/reunions-langues-etrangeres . Phone: 01. 44 07 06 42
- Marymount 1st Reconciliation, 10th Feb, 4 pm. Eglise St Jacques, Neuilly.
- Confirmation Retreat: Marymount, 13 Feb, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm.
- Marymount Enrolment Mass, 17 Feb at 9.00 am in school.
- CCD 1st Reconciliation, Sat. 13th March at 11.30 am. at St Joseph’s.
- CCD Confirmation Retreat, 27th March with Bishop Marsset at St Joseph’s and Parents 1-2 pm.
- Bishop Matthieu Rougé of Nanterre will visit Marymount School on 12th May to discuss Candidates’ letters.
- CCD 1st Communions 22nd May at 11 a.m., St Joseph’s Church
- CCD Confirmations 23rd May at 3 pm in St Joseph’s Church with Bishop Philippe Marsset.
- Marymount Confirmation, 27 May 6.30 pm at Eglise Saint Jacques with Bishop Rougé of Nanterre.
- Marymount 1st Communions on 29th May at 11 am. at Eglise St Jacques.
Feasts this week: Monday: St Brigid of Kildare; Tues: Presentation of Our Lord; Wed: St Blaise; Fri: St Agnes; Saturday: The Martyrs of Japan.
Ash Wednesday is on 17th February.
Word of God Sunday
Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ [Mark’s Gospel at Mass today] When I speak sharply to anyone, I feel awful and regret it. Jesus spoke sharply because he saw a creature made in the image of God being deformed by an evil spirit. Jesus was outraged and freed this child of God to restore him to a better and fuller life.
Before Jesus spoke, He was already loving the possessed person. Before healing the man, He loved him. The love of Jesus for this man and for us is the first step in bringing healing. Love always heals and leaves both the person loving and the one loved better than before. When loved, you are not alone. You are safe and can rest in the safety of the other. When the Other is Jesus, we rest on his breast and can hear the beat of his Sacred Heart.
Jesus seeing this possessed man did not just look on as a spectator feeling sorry for him; He reached into the depths of the man’s soul and drove the spirit out. He spoke directly to the spirit possessing the man. Jesus never stays outside looking in at us. He speaks to our hearts before He can speak to our minds. He does not offer sympathy. He feels in his stomach our pain and distress. He then touches our disturbed spirit and restores calm.
The world has people who see but do not understand; who seem to think that love needs to be rationed. In fact, the greater the love I give, the richer I become. That is because God is love. This is the same Jesus who was in the Capernaum synagogue on that day.
As God’s Chosen People were led from captivity, sadly their hearts became hardened. This can easily happen. God’s appeal to them (and to us) is ‘O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.’ [Psalm 94 at Mass.] A hardened heart cannot love. A person can be law-abiding and observant of their duties. But their capacity to love is locked down.
When love is flowing, healing follows. It is the nature of love. Its warmth melts hearts that are frozen. Love heals wounds and puts smiles back on faces. We got it for free, but it will cost us. There is a price to pay. The headline is set by Jesus who loved us to death. He did this so that we could have life and have it to the full. The Cross stands as the supreme sign of love and gives a glimpse of its cost to a person.
Every time we go aside to spend time with Jesus in prayer as He often did with His Father, we are richly blessed with new heart and hope. Then we no longer stand looking in at a person being crucified; we enter into their pain and show that they do not suffer alone. With another who loves me by my side, I can face whatever life sends.
Many people have been starved of the Eucharist during lockdown because of prudent care for health. It is a real hunger. When the days of receiving Holy Communion return, what a joy! In the meantime, you are being fed by Jesus’ love going straight to your soul. He looks on you with compassion, not to remove a spirit possessing you, but to possess you as His beloved child.