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Holy Father's Prayer Intentions - August

Families, Schools of Human Growth – That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth”.

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Prayerfully preparing for the Sunday Mass and praying in particular for our school families.

The Wednesday Word

Connecting Home, School & Parish through the Word of God. There are currently two versions of The Wednesday Word - one for schools and one for parish churches. The complete parish version contains a commentary on all three Sunday readings.

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Preparing for the Mass of
Sunday 18th August 2019 -
The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Relax & Remember:

Set aside 10 -15 minutes and create a suitable environment by removing any distractions. Make sure that you are comfortable. Perhaps light a candle. Make the sign of the cross † and remain still for a minute of settling silence. Call to mind the love that God has for you. Remember that through this scripture our Lord is truly present. Then read the Gospel, preferably aloud and slowly, and pay attention to any words that stand out. If any do, meditate on them for a few minutes and be invited into a dialogue with God.

Read:
Taken from the Gospel for 18th August 2019 (Luke 12:49-53): Fire to the Earth

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over! Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
Reflect:

After spending a few minutes considering this Gospel, continue by reading Fr Henry Wansbrough’s reflection.

What is this? Jesus came to bring peace and harmony, to perfect the unity of society and families. How is it then that he can here say exactly the opposite? And without apology! There is no, ‘I am afraid there may sometimes be disagreements in the family’. Rather, ‘I have come to bring disagreements in the family’. To make things worse, in Judaism the family is the basic unit which sticks together through thick and thin. Any Jew will be thoroughly shocked by this passage. We have seen repeatedly that Jesus’ statements are often fierce and extreme: ‘If your hand causes you to fall, cut it off’; ‘Let the dead bury their dead’. Elsewhere he says ‘It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven’ – and the traditional let-out clause that he is talking about a small gate in Jerusalem is simply wrong; there was no such gate! Jesus is teaching that the most sacred earthly ties are less important than loyalty to the Lord. He chooses the family as an example deliberately because it is so sacred and important, but even so, following Jesus who leads us into all truth is more important still.

What are the hardest circumstances in which you have to make decisions for or against the demands of Jesus?

Respond & Request:
Now slowly and prayerfully read the Gospel once again but this time in silence. Consider how this Gospel could apply to your life in general. Then thank God for any insight you may have received. Conclude by asking God to bless you with one of the following spiritual gifts to help you act on any resolution you have made: love, understanding, wisdom, faithfulness, peace, self control, patience, or joy. Please remember to pray for the Church and particularly our school families. Then conclude by requesting the prayers of Our Lady & St Joseph.