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Enter Into the Lord’s Time

We live in successive moments. Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour, was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried. On the third day he rose again from the dead. The Anointed One, Christ, lived in successive moments. We call this understanding of time chronological, from the Greek word chronos. There is something of this sense, the moment after moment, one patient step after another, in the poem by Saint John Henry Newman, Lead Kindly Light:

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on!

The night is dark, and I am far from home, Lead Thou me on!

Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene; one step enough for me.

The Kindly Light of Christ enters overwhelmingly at Baptism. Christ, at His Baptism, with His human will, lovingly embraced the One Divine will to identify with our sinful nature. He Who has no sin offered Himself, He accepted His mission as the Suffering Servant, so poignantly prophesied by Isaiah (52-53). At Christ’s Baptism the Father spoke, the Holy Spirit descended, and the Son obeyed in joyful truth. There is one divine will in God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God Who is unchanging, outside of time, outside of chronos floods our reality, our chronos, with the resplendent light of eternal life that we might share this life with Him. Surely the words of Pope Saint Leo the Great’s Christmas homily still echo in our hearts and minds when he exhorts us, “Christian, remember your dignity”.

The Baptism of the Lord is a moment in time, in chronos, when the the favourable time, the kairos is offered to us. Kairos is another Greek word for time but its meaning refers to quality rather than to quantity. Where chronos is measurable quantity, kairos points to a quality of life, a new hope resplendent with grace. At His Baptism, Christ humbled himself and in doing so continued to reveal God’s love for humanity, for us. The grace of Christ, continually offered for us, seeks to make us a new creation. Though always unworthy, God wants to say to each of us, my favour rests on you.

Fr Ben

Sunday Readings

Year A –Volume 1 Page 119
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 28:1-4, 9-10 R.v11
Acts 10:34-38
Matthew 3:13-17

Music at Our Lady

Taverner - Mass O Michael
Hassler - Tribus miraculis

47 Songs of thankfulness
9 On Jordan's bank
48 The race that long

Other listings on notice board and all Christmas music is listed on the Music for Masses sheet.

Church of Our Lady’s Choir Homepage

Mass Times

Sunday

  • 18:00 (Saturday)
  • 9:00 (Sung), 10:30 (Choir), 12:00 (Choir) 18:00

Weekdays

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00
  • Thursday 19:00
  • Saturday 10:00

Rosary - After weekday Mass | Exposition - Daily 6:00-12:00 noon - 18:00-24:00 (excl. school holidays)  | Confessions - Sat 10:30-11:00, 17:15-17:45

Parish Clergy: Fr Kevin Jordan | Fr Ben Woodley | Parish Sister: Sr Brigid Collins, RSM
Parish Administrator: Hanta Lessore | Catechetical Coordinator: Margaret Wickware | Director of Music: Martin Toyer