Scripture 12th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A Jer 20: 10-13; Ps 68(69): 8-10.14.17.Rom 5: 12-15; Matt 10: 26-33
The Lord at our side - faced with all the evils in the world and the fearful consequences of sin, we might well be afraid without Christ as a mighty hero at our side, the source of divine grace.

About 600 BC Jeremiah counselled King Zedekiah to be conciliatory towards Babylon, ruled by Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah expresses his internal doubts but concludes that the Lord is indeed on his side, and asks that he will see his persecutors punished. Against Jeremiah's advice, Zedekiah revolted, Jerusalem was destroyed and the people led into exile.

The psalm implores God to save him from unmerited suffering. The reference in an omitted verse to "vinegar to drink" and the expectation that "God will save Zion" led Christians to think of Messiah Christ.

In his letter to the Romans Paul reflects on the redemptive mystery of Christ. Sin, the dreadful power that has gripped humanity from the beginning, causes both bodily and spiritual death. Like Adam, all people pursue their own desires in opposition to God's will. But God's free gift of grace makes life available to all.

In Matthew's gospel Jesus has described the trials the newly commissioned Apostles will face in their mission. They will be persecuted and even betrayed by members of their families. But they should "not worry about how they are to speak" in front of judges. They "will be given at that moment" what they are to say. Today's reading insists they can have complete confidence in God and must not be afraid.

Psalm Response - In your great love, answer me, O God.
Today is a Day of Prayer for life

Spiritual Communion Prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori

My Jesus, I believe that you are most truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.

I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.

Since I cannot receive you sacramentally now, come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen

Prayer of Abandonment to God

'Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you:

I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures - I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.'

PRAYER FOR LIFE

Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life. Reawaken in us respect for every human life. Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator. Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift. Guide the work of doctors, nurses and midwives. May the life of a mother and her baby in the womb be equally cherished and respected. Help those who make our laws to uphold the uniqueness and sacredness of every human life, from the first moment of conception to natural death.

Give us wisdom and generosity to build a society that cares for all. Together with Mary, your Mother, in whose womb you took on our human nature. Help us to choose life in every decision we take.

We ask this in the joyful hope of eternal life with you, and in the communion of the Blessed Trinity. Amen.

Pope Francis Sent the Following Message for Sunday's Day of Life

In these days when our world faces the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, please pray for all those families, volunteers and healthcare professionals committed, often heroically, to the care and healing of the suffering, and for all those who, amid the continuing 'pandemic' of poverty and war, work to uphold the God-given value and dignity of every human person.

It is my hope that amid the present crisis all will be led to a greater appreciation of the moral imperative to build a 'culture of life' marked by ever greater concern for nurturing, protecting and promoting the integral welfare of all God's children, beginning with the most vulnerable.

The Holy Father gives the assurance of his closeness in prayer and cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of joy and peace in the Lord.

Daily Mass is streamed live from the Cathedral - www.northamptondiocese.org/live

The Cathedral is open for private prayer 10.30 - 12noon - Mon - Weds - Thurs - Fri - Sat and Tues 7pm - 8.30pm

Let us pray during the week for

The Church, Pope Francis; Bishop David, the Clergy; our Parish; the lonely and frightened. The faithful departed - those who mourn. The sick - their careers. All affected by the virus. All essential workers. World leaders to work with those seeking medical solution to be freely and globally shared. The third world where the risk of the pandemic is heightened by food and medicine shortages. Those awaiting the sacraments of penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation. The unborn child and the sanctity of life. Our own intentions and in thanks to God for his gifts and unconditional love.

WE ARE UNITED TO GOD IN LOVE: FEAR VERSUS TRUST

The basis of any fear is the fear of loss. We fear disappointments, rejection and loss. We are frightened at the prospect of having to lose something or someone, viz., wealth, possessions, job, health, family, friendship and even life itself.

Freedom from undue fear is attained at the true knowledge that we are secure in the hands of a loving God.

In today's Gospel Jesus gives three reasons to get rid of fear.

1.Victory of truth. "Do not be afraid. For everything that is covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear." God will expose the enemies of truth and their evil plans and deeds for the final and eternal victory of the just who live by the truth.

2. Limited power of evils. "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." We should not be afraid of false accusation, conviction, torture and death. They are only the limited powers of evil but only God has power over eternity and that is proved in the resurrection of Christ.

3. God is in control and you are in His care. "? So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows." God who takes care of even a little sparrow, cares much more about you. Like Jesus, we can absolutely trust in God's providence.

Pope Francis - Discover the riches hidden in Jesus' Sacred Heart

Speaking about The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart, Pope Francis encouraged us to discover the riches of charity hidden in the heart of Christ Devotion to the heart of Jesus has Christ's unconditional love at its centre, exemplified in the blood and water which poured from Christ's heart in his sacrifice on the cross.

He spoke of St. Marguerite Marie Alacoque, a 17th century French nun, who helped spread devotion to

the Sacred Heart through visions which Christ expressed his desire to reveal his loving heart to mankind. He said that the saints serve as "bridges" between God and his people through their prayers of intercession.

The pope spoke about Moses saying that he belonged among those who are "poor in spirit who live by making trust in God the viaticum of their journey." Moses urges us to pray with the same ardour of Jesus, to intercede for the world, to remember that despite all its frailties, it always belongs to God."

Pope Francis said that Moses prayed for others, not only for himself and so became "the great intercessor of God's people." Moses never forgets his people," Francis said.

The pope said that Moses provides a "beautiful example for all pastors. Pastors are the bridges between

the people, to whom they belong, and God, to whom they belong by vocation,"

From a report by Courtney Mares. Credit: Vatican Media

Some parishioners have asked how to keep up their Parish weekly offerings or to make donations.

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