St Leo’s:  Sunday 21st June Mass and News

First reading Jeremiah 20:10-13

He has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men     

Jeremiah said: I hear so many disparaging me, ‘“Terror from every side!” Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’
All those who used to be my friends watched for my downfall, ‘Perhaps he will be seduced into error. Then we will master him and take our revenge!’
But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero; my opponents will stumble, mastered, confounded by their failure; everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs.
But you, O Lord of Hosts, you who probe with justice, who scrutinise the loins and heart,let me see the vengeance you will take on them, for I have committed my cause to you.
Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord, for he has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men.

 

 

Psalm 68  Hear my prayer, answer me, Lord, turn to me in your goodness.  Hear my prayer, answer me, Lord, turn to me in your love.

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This is my prayer to you, my heartfelt prayer to you: In your love, Lord, answer me, with a help that never fails  In your kindness answer, in compassion turn to me.
Hear my prayer, answer me, Lord, turn to me in your goodness. Hear my prayer, answer me, Lord, turn to me in your love.

In poverty and pain, your help will lift me up. I will praise your name in song, glorify and give you thanks.  In your kindness answer, in compassion turn to me.
Hear my prayer, answer me, Lord, turn to me in your goodness.   Hear my prayer, answer me, Lord, turn to me in your love.

Second reading  Romans 5:12-15 ©    The gift considerably outweighed the fall

Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned. Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given. There was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of ‘law-breaking’, yet death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even though their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not a matter of breaking a law.    Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift.

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia.  Alleluia, alleluia.
God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son that all who believe in him may have eternal life.
Alleluia, alleluia.  Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel  Matthew 10:26-33

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops. ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.  ‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.’

reflection 

Jeremiah,   (born probably after 650 BCE, Anathoth, Judah—died c. 570 BCE, Egypt), Hebrew prophet, reformer, and author of a biblical book that bears his name. He was closely involved in the political and religious events of a crucial era in the history of the ancient Near East; his spiritual leadership helped his fellow countrymen survive disasters that included the capture of Jerusalem in 586 BCE and the exile of many Judaeans to Babylonia.

Jeremiah, one of the four major prophets is a heroic figure.  We have become accustomed – but not hardened by the sight of abused people on the TV – refugees, desperate people on boats, people sitting in devastated buildings in ruins in Aleppo or the Yemen, starving people, people discriminated against because of their colour or race . . . . . . . still to our shame and the shame of our governments it goes on.  In today’s passage we hear of Jeremiah’s being abused because his message is unwelcome.  Prophets are people who speak the truth, tell things as they really or are becoming, and interpret the ‘signs of the times.’  Jeremiah is punished because he won’t keep quiet, he won’t fall into line, and even his friends abandon him!  Were they afraid to stand up and be counted?  Or were they just not convinced that he was right?  We have seen this modern times – when people are persecuted because of their faith, their convictions – even their race or colour!   Jeremiah’s trust in God entitles him to say:  I have committed my cause to you’  and  ‘he has delivered the soul of the needy  from the hands of evil men’.   He was dropped into a dried up well, but then rescued and taken off to exile in Egypt.

this is linked with the teaching of Jesus that the privilege of being a follower of his sometimes  has unfortunate – if not unforeseeable  -consequences.  Telling the truth is not always acceptable, but for a follower of Christ is an essential part of being faithful to the Gospel. Jesus teaches that each one of us in valuable in God’s eyes – but our society and we ourselves don’t always reflect that.  Can we  apply this in our own lives – in the views we hold, the tolerance we have, what we support or do not support, even the votes we cast?

Intercessions for Sunday 21st June

We pray for the Church: for Pope Francis, our Archbishop Philip, and for ourselves who been gifted with faith, that we may testify to God’s love by the way we show love ourselves.    Lord, hear us

Remembering the sufferings of Jeremiah and the prophets, and Jesus himself, we pray for all who suffer persecution or discrimination because of their beliefs, colour, or race, and we ray for peace everywhere.    Lord, hear us

We join with the prayers of the parish’s fraternity of the St Vincent de Paul Society, for those who are lonely, isolated, sick and in financial distress that they may feel the love of God reaching out to them at this difficult time. Let us also pray, that we will be able and ready to directly help and support those in need in the near future.     Lord hear us; , 

In this time of the Pandemic, we pray for healing for all who are ill or anxious,   for the housebound within our families and community, including Fred Newman, Sean Fitzgerald, Alec Howie, Bessie Malane, Bill Harrison, Jack Rae, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt, Rae McVey, John Gibson, Mary Kerr, Eleanor Reid, for those being treated in the local Hospice, and for all who support them.  We pray for those who serve the country in the armed forces. Lord, hear us

We pray for those who have died recently including Mary McNeil, Mary McLellan, Martha McCluskey, David Farrell and Calum Scrimgeour, and Denis McKay.
We pray for those who mourn, for those whose anniversary falls about now including May Browne, Anna McNiffe, Stephen McCann, Margaret Buckley, Jean Buckley, Hugh Wallace, and Mary Coyle.    Lord, hear us

Parish life continues.
Sunday’s readings etc are available on this Facebook linked to the parish website.

The church
is being prepared by members of the Pastoral Council re safe spacing and hygienic support for when we can visit from Monday on.
Plants: There are some nice plants available – purple leaves and delicate little mauve flowers (Oxalis). There is a snapshot below. I’ll leave them outside the church and people can take one.
The St Vincent de Paul Society will meet on zoom on the 23rd June. I thank them for their recording on this facebook about their work and organisation. The next recording is about the Walking Group.
The Ascension Lectern Fall: Parishioners will see the beautiful new Lectern Fall in the church. Another lovely artwork to draw attention to the holiness of the Word of God proclaimed.
The Archdiocesan Monthly, Flourish, is doing a feature on it and other work by Netta and the Sacred Threads (The Embroiderers).
The Church Gardens are much improved with lawns being mown, paths and front yard being cleaned, flower patch being weeded, new plants added, hedge at the back trimmed . . . . . . . . . thank you to all involved in it.
The back page of the Bulletin continues to inform and entertain!
Face masks: Some parishioners are sporting very classy masks – and making a donation to the church funds
Fr Gerry thanks you for the support you have given to the dally Mass being streamed at 10.30. Thanks for the collections/offerings in support of the parish , and for the food and sweets.
Justice and Peace: notice the posts on the St Leo the Great, Glasgow Facebook – and the new Vatican document coming out.
Morning Prayer for the Young – thanks to Rachel and Lexie for recording Morning Prayers for radioalba.org
radioalba.org schedule for the week of 21st June 2020
radioalba.org christian is an ecumenical, internet-based radio which promotes prayer and news of good things happening in the churches and among people of faith.  It is sponsored by Glasgow Churches Together,  and by the music Committee of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.
The Morning Hour at 7.00 is repeated hourly until 12.00
7.00:  Daily Morning Prayer.
7.15: Morning Prayer for the young comes from St Vincent de Paul Primary, East Kilbride, with music by Catriona Glen..
7.20: :  Canon Bob Hill reflects on next Sunday’s Feast of Sts Peter and Paul
            and we hear introductions to the daily readings taken from the Liturgical Calendar for Scotland.
7.25: Blessing of the sick
7.30: In our Magazine: Fr Tom Magill speaks on the Feast of Corpus Christi; Fay Docherty reads from Open House  on ‘Women in the Church’;  from the Archbishop of Aleppo – protests against further U.S. sanctions; from the World Council of Churches – Archbishop Welby and Cardinal Nichols’s protest the Israeli Annexation of parts of the West Bank.
Lunchtime
12.00: Sunday: Mass for the 12th Sunday of the Year is led by Fr John Carroll of St Mary’s, Pollokshaws, with readings by Brother Julian Harrison,  intercessions by Jean Swinbank;  music from the files of the St Mungo Singers, with organists Jane McKenna and Jacqueline Barrett, and harpist Noel Donnelly.
            Monday – Saturday: Mass in Time of Pandemic is celebrated this week by Fr Brendan Murtagh with Reader Sr Maire Gallagher SND, Cantor Grace Buckley, intercessor Jean Swinbank, music from the files of the St Mungo Singers,  with Harpist Noel Donnelly, and organists Jane McKenna and Jacqueline Barrett.
12.30:  “Chatterbox”, presented by Elizabeth Adam – a place for Christians to share news and views.
1.00:   the Music of Vincent Lockhart
1.30:   Russian Sacred Chant from Kostroma Cathedral
1.45:   The Great tradition – from Trinity College, Cambridge.
18.00:  Sunday: Mass for the 12th Sunday of the Year is led by Fr John Carroll of St Mary’s, Pollokshaws, with readings by Brother Julian Harrison,  intercessions by Jean Swinbank;  music from the files of the St Mungo Singers, with organists Jane McKenna and Jacqueline Barrett, and harpist Noel Donnelly.
            Monday – Saturday: Mass in Time of Pandemic is celebrated this week by Fr Brendan Murtagh with Reader Sr Maire Gallagher SND, Cantor Grace Buckley, intercessor Jean Swinbank, music from the files of the St Mungo Singers,  with Harpist Noel Donnelly, and organists Jane McKenna and Jacqueline Barrett.
18.30:  “Chatterbox”, presented by Elizabeth Adam – a place for Christians to share news and views.
19.00:  The music of Vincent Lockhart
19.30:   Russian Sacred Chant from Kostroma Cathedral
19.45    The Great tradition – from Trinity College, Cambridge.
The evening hour at 20.00 is reported at 21.00 and 22.00
20.00 Evening Prayers this week 20:20:  In our Magazine: Fr Tom Magill speaks on the Feast of Corpus Christi; Fay Docherty reads from Open House  on ‘Women in the Church’;  from the Archbishop of Aleppo – protests against further U.S. sanctions; from the World Council of Churches – Archbishop Welby and Cardinal Nichols’s protest the Israeli Annexation of parts of the West Bank.
20.50: Daily Night Prayers
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