The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
6 June 2021
He has gone out of his mind’
In the Gospel today we read that Jesus has returned home and causes quite a commotion on his arrival. Word about this healer and teacher has gotten around, the crowds have gathered, and the religious leaders are not happy. Jesus’ growing popularity has started to upset daily life for his family to the point where ‘they could not eat’. In an effort to protect their son and their brother, Jesus’ family try to explain away his ‘unruly’ behaviour. They tell the crowd and the religious leaders that Jesus does not mean what he says, he has simply ‘gone out of his mind’. In their view, things have gone too far. Jesus was preaching a message that seemed radical to many. He knows that bringing about God’s dream for the world involves speaking out and behaving in ways that are counter cultural. The religious leaders go so far as to say that Jesus was possessed by a demon. It was their way of ‘explaining away’ someone that they could not cope with, someone who was challenging their systems and practices. We can think of those in society today who are ‘explained away’; those whom society wishes would stop speaking out because it is uncomfortable to listen to. Name-calling is often a last resort when institutions or ‘powers’ are disgruntled. The young climate activist, Greta Thunberg, knows this well. Following taunts by Presidents and Fossil Fuel executives towards her, she famously said, ‘When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go… and then you know you’re winning.’
The end of today’s Gospel is troubling as Jesus seems to dismiss his mother, his brothers and sisters. But Jesus’ mission is now wider than his immediate family. It is not that he no longer cares for them, God’s vision and Jesus’ vision for this world are now one. As sometimes happens in life, we have to let go of certain things in order to follow our true path.
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
First Reading: Reading from the book of Exodus Ex 24:3-8 This is the blood of the Covenant that the Lord has made with you.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 115:12-13.15-18 R/. The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name.
Second Reading: Reading from the letter to the Hebrews Heb 9:11-15 The blood of Christ can purify our inner self from dead actions.
Gospel: Gospel according to Matthew Mk 14:12-16.22-26 This is my body. This is my blood.
PARISH MASS TIMES
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & friday @10am.
N.B NO 10am Mass on a Tuesday
Saturday @ 1pm & 6.30pm
Sunday @ 9.30am & 12.30pm
Restrictions and Guidelines for attending Mass in Agnes’
• Face Coverings are mandatory when entering and exiting the church and should be worn throughout services.
• The seating capacity of the Church is 120-150
• Observe social distancing and use the sanitizer at the Church Entrance;
• When leaving the Church follow the instructions and leave according to the indicated “One-way” system;
• Anyone with cold-like symptoms must not enter the Church;
• Those with under lying health issues are advised to remain at home;
Funerals and Weddings can increase to the current capacity of the Church (120-150 persons)
Baptisms Continue to be limited to 10 people.
COLLECTION The collection for 30th May amounted to £1745.00, and the total amount for the Education of Diocesan Students was £435. Thank you for your contribution. You can make your envelope contribution via the donate button on the Parish website home page aswell .
PARISH OFFICE .. will continue, for now, to be contacted by email or telephone only ( 02890 615702 & email- firstname.lastname@example.org), and not in person. Thank you.
PARISH WEBCAM Live streaming of all Masses takes place in a St. Agnes’ Church. Please click on the webcam tile on the Home Page of the Parish website www.stagnesbelfast.com.
RECORDINGS Please note, all funerals will be recorded. Please tell us if you do not want your loved one’s funeral recorded.
PRAYER INTENTIONS: We extend our sympathies to the families of those who died recently and those whose month’s mind and anniversary occur at this time.
Sat 5th June : 6.30pm: Samuel Turner & Samuel Kelly, Mary Mc Geown, Mary Zemrowsky
Sun 6th June: 9.30am: Margaret & John Laverty
12.30pm: Gerard Lenzi, Liam Byrne, Danny & Mary Lawlor
Mon 7th June: 10am: Edward & Joseph Mc Cann
Tue 8th June: 10am: No Mass
Wed 9th June: 10am: Priest’s intention
Thurs 10th June:10am: Priest’s intention
Fri 11th June: 10am: Priest’s intention
Sat 12th June: 1pm: Priest’s intention
In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Elsie Gillespie, Ellen Maguire, Michael Jones, Sean Prenter, Malachy Gregory, Kathleen Mc Connell, Elizabeth ( Bessie) O’ Neill, Ita Keane, Esther Martin
Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord!
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