FROM FR. MATTHEW – I arrived back from my holiday in
Northumbria last Friday, I had a very nice time. Thanks to Fr. Jonathan for
looking after the parish while I was away. Please continue to pray for the many
volunteers who are running Our Lady’s lunch club every Saturday lunchtime for
those in need locally; we have been attracting up to a dozen people each week. This
Saturday Team 4 are running the club.
ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE GRAVE OF JOHN KEMBLE – TODAY SUNDAY 20th.
This afternoon in Welsh Newton
Churchyard at 3.00pm. See poster at back of Church.
“HEREFORDSHIRES HIDDEN SAINT” – A special day conference at
Belmont Abbey this coming Saturday 26th August 10am – 4pm,
celebrating the courage, heroism and faith of Blessed Roger Cadwallader. Cost
£12, including refreshments. Poster and Leaflets at the back of Church.
REFLECTION – A FOREIGNERS FAITH.
of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading
prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith
epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord
and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God’s covenant with Israel. Jesus
tests her faith three times. He refuses to answer her cry. Then, He tells her
His mission is only to Israelites. Finally, he uses “dog,” an epithet used to
disparage non-Israelites (see Matthew 7:6). Yet she persists, believing that He alone
In this family drama, we see
fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy and the promise we sing of in today’s Psalm. In
Jesus, God makes known among all the nations His way and His salvation (see John 14:6).
At the start of salvation history,
God called Abraham (see Genesis 12:2). He chose his offspring, Israel, from all the
nations on the face of the earth, to build His covenant kingdom (see Deuteronomy
In God’s plan, Abraham was to be the father of many nations (see Romans
4:16-17). Israel was to be the firstborn of a worldwide family of God, made
up of all who believe what the Canaanite professes - that Jesus is Lord (see Exodus
4:22-23; Romans 5:13-24).
came first to restore the kingdom to Israel
(see Acts 1:6;
But His ultimate mission was the reconciliation of the world, as Paul declares
in today’s Epistle.
In the Mass we join all
peoples in doing Him homage. As Isaiah foretold, we come to His holy mountain,
the heavenly Jerusalem, to offer sacrifice at His altar (see Hebrews 12:22-24,28).
With the Canaanite, we take our place at the Master’s table, to be fed as His