Taste and See: Made new, made better.

BernadetteThe Psalm for the 4th Sunday of Easter had us sing of the goodness of the Lord, and of the way in which the rejected one becomes in fact the cornerstone of what is new and good and right.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.
or
Alleluia!

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his love has no end.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in men;
it is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.
or
Alleluia!

I will thank you for you have answered
and you are my saviour.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the corner stone.
This is the work of the Lord,
a marvel in our eyes.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.
or
Alleluia!

Blessed in the name of the Lord
is he who comes.
We bless you from the house of the Lord;
You are my God, I thank you.
My God, I praise you.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good;
for his love has no end.

The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.
or
Alleluia!

Psalm 117:1,8-9,21-23,26,28-29

Often the point of growth for an individual or for a community is what seems the weaker part, or even the damaged part. From that different perspective can be found the way forward for all sorts of change and growth.

Where has this been true in your experience?

What ‘weakness’ or ‘disability’ might have potential for your future development, or that of your community?

Painting of Bernadette Soubirous, Bolly Mill, Lourdes. Photograph (c) 2012, Allen Morris.

Taste and See: Sent with a purpose

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It is often said that the ‘purpose’ of the Mass is its dismissal: the sending of Christians, nourished and encouraged by Word and Communion, to continue their mission to the world. As we have gathered to meet with Christ so we, who are his Body on earth, are sent out to share his Good News with others who also need it.

The final words of the Mass come in a variety of forms:

The Dismissal
Priest:   The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Priest:   May almighty God bless you,
             the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.
Then the deacon, or the Priest himself, with hands joined and facing the people, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or:
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
Or:
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
Or:
Go in peace.

  • Which was used at the Mass you attended Sunday?
  • How have you tried to fulfil your mission in these past days?

Today, at Westminster Cathedral, a new auxiliary bishop is ordained for the Diocese – Bishop Nicholas Hudson. Please pray for him as he prepares to take up his new mission in the Church.

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