The gospel relates how Jesus was unable to work miracles in his home town due to a lack of faith and their inability to accept as a prophet, one they already knew. So what is a prophet?
A prophet is someone who listens to the words of God, who reads the spirit of the times, and who knows how to move forward towards the future. …
In the Gospel, for example, the priests ask Jesus: “With what authority do you do these things? We are the masters of the Temple!”
They didn't understand the prophecy … they had forgotten the promise. They didn't know how to read the spirit of the times, they didn't listen to the words of God, they had only their authority. …
Lord, let us not lack prophets amongst your people! All those who are baptized are prophets: let us not forget God's promise, let us not tire of moving forward.
Pope Francis from a homily at Mass at Casa Santa Marta, December 16, 2015
Christine (Chris) Clarke who died recently. All the faithful departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: Eileen Allen, Vera Allen, Norma Andrew, Marc Bailey, Mary Birks, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury, Archie Brocklehurst, Liz Carroll, Ethan Connolly, Margaret Cripps, Marian Cullen, Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Pat Fisher, Teresa & John Glover, Jamie Graham, Joan Grant, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Paul McGrath, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, Joan Murray, Ron Norman, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Tony Potter, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Margaret Quinn, Christine Rowe, Shelley Scott, Tommy Sharkey, Marian Shaw, Fred Simpson, Tom & Hazel Sudell, Michael Swift, Ronnie Thompson, Howard Tomlinson, Pam Traynor, Cecily Waite, Rose Walsh, Ben Watson, Ann Weiss, Margaret Wightman, John Williams & Colin Wright.
Click on to the file below to see what schoolchildren in our diocese are doing. Both of our primary schools have Mini Vinnie groups and this is an excellent way of encouraging generosity, thoughtfulness and creativity.