Welcome to Recorded Mass
2nd August 2020, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Father David, St Mary of the Assumption, Burnley
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Our Parish Prayer
From 14/6/20 - Sunday Morning Mass Organist: Francis Ashworth, organist at St Mary of the Assumption, Burnley
Week-day Public Domain Church Music courtesey of https://www.timeforworship.com/ Organist: Clyde McLennen
Homily 18th Sunday Ordinary Time - Fr David
2nd August 2020
We all thirsting and hungering for something we are looking for something in life to satisfy our human restlessness. There are many occasions when we feel we need something if only I can get this new house, or latest game or visit a particular place then I shall be satisfied. However when we finally attain this latest desire, we still tend to be looking for more, for something else. It is never enough!
Today’s First Reading is an invitation addressed to the exiles of Babylon to come to a banquet. The banquet stands for the life and friendship God wishes to share with his people. You don’t often get an invitation to a banquet but when you do, you usually feel very honoured and excited and really look forward to it. We know there will be the best of everything fine food and wine everyone looking their best and being at their best.
Through Isaiah the Lord starts off by saying “Come to me” He invites us to come to him as he is approachable. So we approach the Lord in prayer. In that time of prayer we can respond by being ourselves by bringing to him all our needs, our frustrations, our sorrows and joys we come to him also with our needs.
He then tells us to listen to him: “Listen to me and your soul will live”.
Listening is not easy we need silence is not easy to find and can be quite scary mainly because not only are we facing God in the silence but also we are facing ourselves and reflecting on our own lives. Listening is always the more challenging part of any communication. Isn’t it always amazing when you hear fed back to you your own words which clearly show someone has listened. It is indeed is truly humbling.
In today’s Gospel, we see the compassion of God manifest in Christ. Jesus yearns for people to come to him and to listen to him because he knows what he wants to tell them is good for them. He is very aware of human needs he knows people get tired and hungry and thirsty and basic human needs like rest and food and drink are needed in order for them to be able to respond. He has led the people to a remote place and he knows they are hungry, but he also he knows full well what he is going to do. As with all of his miracles, he does them to lead people closer to his Father.
In the miracle of the loaves and fishes we can see what it meant to Matthew and his readers. For them, the miracle story called to mind the Old Testament story of manna in the desert. Matthew depicts Jesus as the new Moses who feeds his people in the desert. In this feeding we have an anticipation of the Eucharist. The gestures and words Jesus uses are those of the Last Supper and of the Eucharist: He took the bread ..blessed.. broke..and gave it to them. The Eucharist in turn anticipates the final banquet of the Kingdom.
The current restrictions because of the virus prevent us from being able to fully practise our faith as we usually do and to come to Mass and receive the Lord in Holy Communion. May this longing and yearning be a sign of our need for the Lord. May it enable us to be more compassionate towards those in our world who are hungry and thirsty and to find new ways of reaching out to them in love.