24th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 16th September 2018
There is a second collection today for the Catholic Education Service.
There will be a second collection next week for the Home Missions
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Someone asked me a question the other day. A good question actually. Why was it necessary for Jesus to die on the cross? What did that achieve? Why did the Father want his Son to die a shameful death on a cross? Surely that makes God out to be a bit of a monster, doesn’t it? Actually, 4 questions.
The popular view of the Messiah was that he would be a conquering hero dealing with Israel’s enemies and establishing right worship once again in a temple freed from the pollution of pagan idols. Jesus shared that view – up to a point. In reality who, Israel’s enemies were is a question he might have answered differently from the prevailing popular view of his time. Most people would have answered – the Romans, the Greeks, the Philistines – anyone who had set foot on Israel’s soil and dared to govern God’s own people. Jesus would have answered something more like – sin – that’s the true enemy of Israel and hypocrisy, injustice, hardness of heart. Quite a different set of ‘enemies’ as you can see.
The first reading from Isaiah introduces us to the prophetic concept of the ‘Suffering Servant’. This is a strange multiplex image – sometimes it seems to be the entire nation, sometimes a leader, or king, sometimes an unknown servant. All the images, however share the view that the “servant’ would suffer, even though innocent, because of the failures of the nation as a whole. There is a lovely line which we hear on Good Friday – he suffered whilst “all the time he was bearing our faults for us”.
This is a great mystery and one that Peter couldn’t understand. But Jesus did. We hear the gospel today just at the moment when Jesus introduces this concept of going from Galilee down to Jerusalem – a place where he will be put to death – he prophecies. Surely not Peter exclaims – why do that? Things are going quite well here in Galilee. Obviously, you aren’t feeling yourself today. Let me look after things for you for a while. Jesus replies in strong and forthright terms.
So why did Jesus go down to Jerusalem when he could have carried on preaching and healing in Galilee? Why go to a death that is so certain?
Well, Jesus knows what God knows. That is that sin has to be confronted and confrontation can often be messy and uncomfortable – especially when the only weapon you choose is love. Jesus chooses to be faithful to the Father’s will by loving – even unto death. Sure, he could have done something by taking a large army with him. By being a charismatic popularist leader who blamed the problems of everyone of someone – why not the people who always get the blame – the poor, the sick, the marginalised, the refugees. But if he chose that way he wouldn’t be the Son of the Father. The Father didn’t demand the death of Jesus, His Son. He commanded him to do His will – and His will? That He should lose nothing of all that he has been given and raise it up on the last day.
The only way is by love even though it seems that love is the weakest weapon you can use. Only love can reconcile. Only love can heal. Only love can forgive the unforgiveable. Only love can go the extra mile with the ungrateful. Only love abides until the end. But we find all that a bit of a challenge, don’t we? The Church should be the love of God made visible – a sacrament in other words. An outward sign of an inward and invisible grace. Are we?
Much love, as always. Fr David
The Next Bramley Parish Lunchwill take place on Tuesday 25th September. Please sign up in the porches if you would like to attend and if a lift is required. All are welcome.
The next Over 50’s coffee morningwill take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 10.30am on Wednesday 10th October. This is open to all friends of our community and if you know of someone who would like a lift or an invite please contact Jane Graham or Susan Knowles.
Bishop Richard will be launching the Diocesan Pastoral Planon 18 September to clergy and staff, and then deanery by deanery to everyone else. You will be able to view a brief video on the website from 18 September outlining the basic details of the plan. www.dabnet.org
The Ladies CAMEOgroup gathers in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on the first Tuesday of each month. If anyone has a skill they would like to teach or a speaker to bring to the group please contact the Parish Office. Otherwise it will be open for 2-200 people whom ever would like to come along for a get together.
Masses of Bunches of Grapesto be collected from Cranleigh if anyone in the Parish is interested in making their own wine or knows someone who would be interested. A small donation to the Parish Meeting Room fund would be welcome. Please contact Elizabeth Waldie on 268086.
Please note the following dates for the Parish Baptism Course for the next 13 months. If you, or someone you know of, is thinking of Baptism for their child please register on the Parish Website Events Page. All sessions will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.
11th and 18th October 7.30-9.00pm
10th and 17th January 7.30-9.00pm
11th and 18th April 7.30-9.00pm
10th and 17th October 7.30-9.00pm
Please see the Parish Events page of the website to sign up to the next Baptism Course.
Marriage Anniversaries Mass: Are You Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary in 2018? Come and Celebrate with us! Marriage Anniversaries Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Ladbroke Road, Redhill, RH1 1LF, on Saturday, 6th October, at 11.30 am. Registration Essential: Book at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01293 651161
The confirmation programme is for young people (year 10 at school) who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world. The programme runs from each October through to mid-June (depending on the Bishop’s availability). Young people are usually confirmed as part of a Deanery celebration together with other parishes from the Guildford Deanery. Please register your interest on the Parish Events webpage.
With effect from October the Parish will be publishing a bumper issue of the newsletterwith all the necessary information for that month. Each weekend Mass will be supplied with the Timetable of Mass and Devotions along with the readings for that weekends Masses. If you have any articles of interest that you would like included in the October [or November] issue please send them direct to the Parish Office by 17th September at the latest.
Parish Talent Night
Way back in the spring, I booked a venue for the Parish Talent night, and sent a “save the date”. It’s now time to “make it happen”, with your help, by filling the roster with you and your family’s talents, or by volunteering with organisation.
Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF
We have a compere, microphones, P.A. and some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs. Just for fun and fundraising (no Simon Cowell!)- all welcome!
I have booked an practice session for Sunday 7th Oct – all day from 1pm, at Cranleigh band room. This will be informal, so people can drop-in as they please and chat about the event, and their act if they wish. There will be a PA and some musical equipment so anyone can have a run-through, if they want, or just see the venue.
If you wish to appear please register your interest :
email@example.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 firstname.lastname@example.org With thanks from Paul Lepki
Our Harvest Festival Masses will take place on 7th and 8th October. Please bring your non-perishable food items and toiletries in for Number Five around this time.
CAFOD Family Fast Day prayer – Harvest 2018
Creator God. in love you give life.
In your generosity you create the gifts of the earth. As daughters and sons of the same Father, may we learn
to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need.
Give us open hands and loving hearts, so that we take less and give more. We ask that all may benefit from your goodness, and share in the fullness of life you have promised. Amen.
Fast, pray and give Family Fast Day: Friday 5 October 2018
Pray with us: cafod.org.uk/prayers Follow us on twitter @CAFODprayer
Missio Red BoxesThe team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification. Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email email@example.com”
Come and enjoy the ‘real’ Christmas story at Wintershall
Stand with shepherds in the field and see Mary arrive on a donkey. Sit in the barn where the baby Jesus lies in his manger. A timeless, memorable experience for young and old as we bring the story of Christmas to life for you.
Adult £18 & Child £9
Family £50 (2 adults & 2 children)
12 December 4:30pm & 7pm
13 December 4:30pm & 7pm
14 December 4:30pm & 7pm
15 December 11am, 2pm & 5pm
16 December 2pm & 5pm
Each performance lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Holly Barn, Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0LR
Wintershall CIO, Charity Number 1167111
A PLAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Book tickets now on our website: www.wintershall-estate.com
or by calling 01793 418299
You are welcome to join CHILWORTH CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUP, Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.15pm in the Assisi Room behind St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford GU4 8QR. A period of quiet meditation. No need to book. Typically, around ten or more people attend from all backgrounds aged from 30+ to 85+!
More information from Sheila Longman
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01483 505814
We follow The World Community for Christian Meditation
Click-to-pray app:The Jesuits in the UK have produced this very useful app which you can use to download a daily reflection for use in your prayer life. It is especially helpful for commuters. You can find it on www.clicktopray.org.
Angel Voices – A Millennium of Music
Including works by Hildegard of Bingen, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Cecilia McDowall, Ola Gjeilo
CANTILENA Director: Jenny Hansell
Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church, St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ
Tickets £12, email@example.com, 01483 275489