Friday, 12 September 2008

One single Body

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, an ancient feast which dates from the 4th Century in Jerusalem. There is a useful explanation of the history of the feast on a Melkite Catholic website, I found. The Cross is at the very heart of our faith and at the heart of each Mass we celebrate and therfore such an important feast.
The picture on the right is a beautiful mosaic from 12th Century in the Basilica of St Clement's in Rome. The Cross is depicted as the 'tree of life' drawing in all of humanity and creation through Christ's act of redemptive love. This Sunday is also Racial Justice Sunday when we pray for racial justice in our country. This so clearly links to our feast day because as St Paul reminds us in his letter to the Galations that is through the Cross we are united into one single Body and therefore all called to be part of God's kingdom (Gal 2:11-22). So let us pray this weekend for justice and reconciliation between all peoples and races. The diocese for its part is committed to try and make a reality the Charter for Racial Justice sponsored by the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.
A cross that many parishes, both clergy and people have to face at this moment in time is the joining together of parishes with all the upheavel and uncertainty that this brings. But there will always be signs of new life from such 'coming togethers'. The parishes of Holy Family, Lancing and St Charles Borromeo, Worthing have recently joined to form the new parish of East Worthing. To celebrate this they are holding a flower festival to raise money for Worthing Churches Homeless Projects.
Flower Festival Harvest Unite is to be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September from 10am to 5pm At St Charles Church, Chesswood Rd, Worthing. There will be a programme of music throughout the weekend and light refreshments served in the Parish Centre. We wish them well.

God’s justice that was made known through the Law and the Prophets has now been revealed outside the Law, since it is the same justice of God that comes through faith to everyone who believes. Rom 3:21-22

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