“we want no more prophesying in Bethel..this is the royal sanctuary, the national temple” self righteous smug superiority, rather like Ampleforth some years ago, when we were considered by some rather aloof & superior.. “this is Ampleforth..the Abbey & College of excellence..God’s gift to English Catholicism & RC private education “.. & it/ we had a fall, & what a fall we had..we had & are still having.. & the still small voice of a country shepherd was chosen in 1st rdg to call the affluent & the proud back to nothingness..to humility & authenticity..
“ I will hear what the Lord God has to say..” ; Lord have mercy “..a voice that speaks of peace..” ; Christ have mercy “let us see O Lord your mercy..” ; Lord have mercy May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins & bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
..a fitting gospel story as we send out our 12 young disciples Yr6 in St Benedict’s PS, as on Friday they leave us to move on; 11 into secular sec education & 1 into continuing RC education “lambs among wolves” “take nothing for the journey except a staff” ..staff of support we send them out with is gift of faith in word & example..a good grounding in all that makes our School & our Parish “a School of the Lords Service” an apostolate of saint making..12 apostles & now12 saints in the making, work prayer & faith in progress, as in terms of Catholic education in School, we hand baton of responsibility back to primary educators of our children, to their parents on Friday..we would love to walk on in loving accompaniment with those parents in their endeavour & mission, if they were to invite us into that journey, where an integral part is grown organically within these 4 walls & in front of the Blessed Sacrament on a weekly basis..our faith isn’t Brexit cherrypicking it is full immersion in the union /weave of home school & parish with open borders, no terms taxes conditions or sanctions; it is inclusivity & co-dependency..2000yrs ago Jesus sent out his first 12 empty handed yet full hearted; no provisions no spare tunic..self surrender of self reliance, self protectionism, self improvement, & instead to trust in & rely on the community of fellow believers, brothers & sisters in Christ..”stay there until you leave the district” a call to stability, to persevere in one place & relationship, to meet Christ in those who offer hospitality as they wash your feet, offer you a full portion of what might be their last meal, so impoverished so generous & self emptied they are..only to find the jug of charity is never emptied & food is never exhausted..& if/when we find hostility closed borders locked doors cold hearts & religious Brexiteers, the wise advice is clear & definitive “ shake dust from under your feet as a sign to them”..in their smug & aloof superiority..we need to show, voice & witness to our gospel values of inclusivity & the common good..”all for one & one for all” Oscar Romero’s text of 30yrs ago is still alive active & organic..shared it with 25 Secondary Headteachers of Hexham & Newcastle Dioc last Thurs & Friday..& crucial first step?..“to set off” to begin, to leave fly cosey comfortable confinement of this nest & get cracking; to be out there on front line “to do something & to do it very well” to preach to convince by eye to eye heart to heart contact “it may be incomplete but it is a beginning” to cast out devils..demons of addiction; we each have an addiction, some of us better than others at hiding it or so we think..”a step along way” first step of 12 steps “an opportunity for the Lords grace to enter & do the rest” & to anoint sick & cure them..how many lepers outcasts & distant did you touch this last week by a smile kind word & prayer?..so what of fears of our young disciples as they set off & move out? have you asked them?..of getting lost in new school, of being late for classes & of being bullied..& what do you fear as you are challenged to move out of this classroom & find new opportunities to preach to anoint & to cure?..to deal with bullies who try to belittle us & our message..bullies you know very well, even in your own home who, out of fear of being found out, discovered in their life threatening illness / disease lash out, shaking dust truth off their feet, when real life threatening dust is in their hearts & our hearts, hearts in need of good exercise & expansion..new initiative in schools “the daily mile” children break off lessons mid morning run jog walk a mile round playground then go back into class..academic/ health improvement is remarkable..fresh air exercise a cleared mind, a pumping heart..results in class..learning understanding self worth & enjoyment have rocketed..so why not us?..a daily commitment to leave our comfy seat here & at home & visit someone..one in need or someone proficient at hiding their infirmity or addiction..& us for them ”providing yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities”..& come back here with freshly baked loaf of bread for our Mass, the smile & light heartedness of realising just how good our faith can get “we accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise which is God’s work..we are prophets of a future not our own..” ..fresh daily bread food2go. .[15thSunYr BMk6;7-13]