I am writing to let you know I have arrived in the parish and I’m beginning to find my way around. It’s good to be here, and despite various limitations at the moment, I look forward to meeting you in the weeks ahead.
Have you noticed these Sundays at Mass we’re listening to the Gospel of Matthew? At the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus is called ‘Emmanuel, God with us’. (Mt1:23) We believe God is with us, his people, throughout history.
The last words of Matthew’s Gospel are ‘Surely, I am with you always until the end of time.’ Mt(28:20) We believe God will always be with us, his people.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear Jesus say ‘Where two or three gather in my name, I am there among them’. (Mt18:20) We believe God desires to be with us his people here and now.
This week, as Schools re-open, family life will, hopefully, pick up a familiar pattern and we are getting back to our usual parish Mass times. Despite the fact that we can’t gather in the usual great numbers, there are plenty of opportunities during the week to gather to celebrate the Mass, to meet Our Lord in one another and in Word and Sacrament.
Matthew’s Gospel finishes with the great commission, that we should go out as his Disciples and proclaim the Good News. We are just beginning to walk the path of Discipleship together; we are confident that Our Lord, Emmanuel, God, is with us; so we are confident that each of us can, as we hear often at the end of Mass, ‘go and announce the Gospel of the Lord’… ‘in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life’.
Yours, Fr Chris