Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

The Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C) Racial Justice Day 17 February 2019

Fr Frank writes:


Today’s readings remind us of the importance of Trust in our life of Faith.


There is a problem in that life teaches us to be suspicious of others. We avoid letting our vulnerability show, and we do not like others to see how weak we really are. But should we be like this in our relationship with God? Should we foolishly try to hide our weakness from Him, or should we confess it and ask for His help? Should we place our complete Trust in Him?


We hear a lot about Faith and perhaps feel comfortable about it. But what about Trust? How does Trust differ from Faith, and how does it complement Faith?


Imagine a rickety bridge across a deep ravine. We may look at it and see others using it and feel able to express our faith in its construction. But to step out onto the bridge, that is a matter of trust. Trust is, if you like, one step on from Faith. It is personal commitment.


We may say we trust in God, but we take out ‘insurance’: we may, for example, believe that we are able to fall back on our intellect or physical strength. It’s tempting to believe that we can go it alone, that we can be self-reliant. But a time may come, with age or illness, for example, when we realise how worthless these things are.


Today and every day we are called to acknowledge our dependence on God, to confess our own weakness and learn to step out in compete Faith and Trust.


May our loving Father bless you today and always.


Frank ofs


Sunday Smile:


What do colour blind people do when they are told to eat their greens?

I’ve got a new job collecting all the jumpers left in the park at the weekends, but it’s not easy. They keep moving the goal posts.