We Keep the Feast of the Archangels as our Secondary patrons (the parish was amalgamated witht the parish of St Michael and St George, Teddington on its closure).
We all need angels in our lives, and in these days of increased persecution of Christians, we need the support of the great protector Michael. I have been encouraging the parish pray the wonderful prayer to St Michael every day.
PRAYER TO S MICHAEL
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him,we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly hosts,
by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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Matthew, also known by the name Levi, was the Son of Alpheus and was called by the Lord to follow him as an Apostle from one of the most hated professions of the day. Tax collectors were generally known to be crooked and thieves.
From Matthew we know of the many doings of Christ and the message Christ spread of salvation for all people who come to God through Him. The Gospel account of Matthew tells the same story as that found in the other three Gospels, so scholars are certain of its authenticity. His book is the first of the four Gospels in the New Testament.
After the death of Christ, Matthew wrote his gospel account. He wrote the book in Aramaic in the hope that his account would convince his fellow people that Jesus was the Messiah and that His kingdom had been fulfilled in a spiritual way. It was an important message at a time when almost everyone was expecting the return of a militant messiah brandishing a sword.
It is thought he departed for other lands to escape persecution sometime after 42 AD. According to various legends he fled to Parthia and Persia, or Ethiopia. Nothing is recorded of Matthew's death but tradition says he was martyred.
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The message of God’s forgiveness is one that we are familiar with, but which the Lord still wishes to emphasise. Our human approach to forgiveness is so often flawed – we hold grudges, erect barriers, make demands and establish conditions. Jesus wants to remind his listeners – and us – that God’s forgiveness is overflowing and bountiful. Saint Paul was well aware of this: he had persecuted the Church, calling himself “the greatest of sinners”; and yet, thanks to the “inexhaustible patience” of God, he can count himself a believer. We must be open to the gift of forgiveness for ourselves, and also (as the Parable of the Elder Brother shows) open to that forgiveness offered to other whom we would condemn.
If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. This is a very difficult thing for us to take in.
Who can understand the mind of God? No one thought that God would come as a human and then give His own life—and worse yet, ask that of us! Who can conceive what the Lord intends?
The Churches newest Saint – St Teresa of Calcutta says this - Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
You and I must choose God first in our lives. God is more important than any human relationship! Today the modern culture no longer believes this. Instead God is conceived by modern culture as simply accepting what the majority want us to believe. Yet the Word of God, the Sacred Scriptures, are not realities that can be voted out of existence, nor are they teachings that we can change to fit what we want!
We are asked to make God more important than any human relationship and then also be willing to give up our lives for Him. We must daily accept and even embrace the sufferings that come upon us because we try to follow Jesus.
Too often we bemoan the fact that there are fewer priests, fewer monks and nuns, but how often do we pray for them? How often do we encourage our young people to explore what God wants in their lives.
If we want our church to grow we need to pray that it does. I say it over and over, and I will keep saying it. We need to build lives of prayer, just coming to church on Sunday isn’t enough, one Sunday a month isn’t enough. We need to make time each day to build our relationship with God. We can make time for the things we want to do – lets make a conscious effort to put God into our everyday lives.
One last quote from St Teresa
“The Simple Path, Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith, Faith is Love
Love is Service,. The Fruit of Service is Peace”
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