The Banquet of God’s Kingdom

Today’s gospel, the account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand from Matthew 15, reflects the important Advent theme of the Banquet of God’s kingdom, also in our first reading today from Isaiah 25. Banquets and large meals, normally a feature of Advent and Christmas, are something we can only imagine at the moment. Perhaps this will help us pray for those in the world who don’t have enough to eat.

This imagery also points to the Eucharist, and most of you have been deprived of anything other than online participation, and of Holy Communion, for the last few weeks.

Tomorrow public Masses resume each weekday at 10am and 6pm, subject to the restrictions which came into force in early July. You must wear a mask in church. Confessions on Saturdays at 5pm and Mass on Sunday at 930 and 530. We are grateful to our dedicated team of stewards for enabling us to celebrate Mass publicly.

God bless and take care

Fr Ashley

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