Our Lady of Fatima Church, White City
Private/Individual Prayer only
Wednesday: 10am - 12noon
Friday: 10am - 11am,
6pm - 6.45pm
Saturday: 10am - 11am
Sunday: 5pm - 5.45pm
Monday & Tuesday:
Wednesday: 7:30 am, & 12 noon
Thursday: 9:15 am
Friday: 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:15 am & 6 pm
Sunday: 9 am, 11 am (also livestreamed), 6 pm
12th September 2021
The Most Important Question!
In today's Gospel Jesus asks the disciples the key question, "Who do you say that I am?" They have been following him for some time and have seen miracles/wonders which cannot be explained by any human power and have heard Jesus teach with a totally new authority and truth. So now is the moment for them to put into words who they understand Jesus to be. Everything will depend upon their answer. As so often, it is Simon Peter who speaks first and on their behalf - "You are the Christ", or as we read in Matthew's version, " You are the Messiah, the Son of God." These are extraordinary words for a Jewish man to say - world-changing words! God has become one of us and entered into our world so that He might save us and lead us back home to heaven. God has a human face!
When we continue to read the Gospel, we see that although he has got the right answer, Simon Peter has a long journey still to travel before he will really understand what this all means. He can't accept Jesus' explanation that at the Messiah he will have to suffer, be rejected and put to death. Peter's vision is all about earthly power, popularity and victory. He will have to learn the hard way to accept and understand Jesus' way.
So what does all this mean for us? Each one of us needs to answer Jesus' question for ourselves - "Who do you say that I am? If we really believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then that should change everything in our lives. He is not just a wise man, a miraculous healer who we can listen to from time to time, but our very Creator and Saviour. And so we need to live our lives in imitation of him - not seeking personal success and popularity at others' expense, but giving ourselves generously in self sacrifice and service for the good of others. And also doing everything we can to be an active member of his Church, seeking in all ways to come closer to God. See the parish newsletter for how you can become more engaged here in the parish! We need your time and talents! You need this as well :)
With blessings and prayers from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.
“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
St. Maximillian Kolbe