Sunday Reflection – July 5th, 2020

Fishing at the Sea of Galilee, John 21:6-9, painting by Peter Koenig on the wall behind the altar at St. Bernadette's church, Rothwell

Jesus appears at the Sea of Galilee John 21:6-9 by Peter Koenig

So often in the gospels we read of Jesus having a meal with his disciples. John’s gospel records the meal Jesus eats on the lake shore. John also records another meal of bread and fish that took place on the same lake shore, on that occasion Jesus gave his wonderful teaching about The Bread of Life, the Eucharist. Every Eucharist is an invitation to sit at the table with Jesus, the giver of the Bread of Life, it is in this gospel story the Word of God and in the broken bread and wine poured out in love that we meet the Risen Jesus.

Lockdown has taken away from us the ability to physically go to mass and receive Our Lord. Jesus knows how hard it has been for us during this pandemic. He has, however, come to us in spiritual communion, he has never left us. The times we are living in are hard, frightening and lonely for many. At this time, we can share our fears with Jesus who as truly man knew what it was like to be afraid.

I would like to share a prayer with you which was written and given to me many years ago by Sister Mary Anita a sister from the convent here in Kettering, many of you knew her better as Sister Liz.

Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee,
Trust Him when thy strength is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust him seems the hardest thing of all.
Trust Him, He is ever faithful,
Trust Him for His Will is best,
Trust Him for the heart of Jesus is the only place of rest.
Trust Him then, through doubts and sunshine,
All thy cares upon Him cast
Till the storm of life is over,
And thy trusting days are past.