The Roman Catholic Parish of
Liturgies of Reconciliation Celebrated by Bishop Declan this Thursday (22nd March) at St Teresa’s, Filton
Year of Mission - Covenant is renewed in this Sunday’s first reading. You could say that the Covenant is re-written
and re-inscribed but not in a way that God’s People had imagined. Remember that image from two Sundays ago and the gift of
Law on Mount Sinai. There the Law was written on those two tablets of stone; now it is to be written on the human heart.
God plants his law deep within us writing it upon the very core of our being. In doing so God shows mercy, compassion and
forgiveness towards his people in giving them a new start. But maybe during this Year of Mission we need to take note of
the request made to Philip in the Gospel, ‘We want to see Jesus’. It may not be articulated in such a way, but is
that the request of today? Are there people looking for Jesus, wanting to find him and come near to him? The answer is ‘yes’.
As disciples, we are the ones who can point people to the Lord; we can enable people to find him and encounter him in us if
our lives are centred on the law of love planted within us. We mustn’t be afraid of allowing others who search to encounter
the Lord through us!.
(Fr Christopher Whitehead)