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St Francis of Assisi Church
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 5th July 2015
Ezekiel 2:2-5; Ps 122; 2 Cor 12.7-10; Mark 6:1-6
We can shake our heads in disgust and wonder what sort of a community the people of Nazareth were to have turned their back on Jesus but we fail to see that every day we can be guilty of this type of behaviour. We imitate them when we turn our backs on the local prophets who are the presence of God in our midst. Lack of trust limits their ministry too. God came to Nazareth in the form of a local and the community could not come to terms with the situation. They did not recognise the obvious, that God is present among people, his face was too familiar for them to recognise. They known Jesus too well to be able to recognise the finger of God in their midst.
Many of us go looking for God in the far-off hills and in obscure places. We forget that He moves in mysterious ways, and is most likely to be present in our nearest and dearest, and in our neighbours. He is not apart the world, we meet Him in every person, place and moment that comes our way. The trouble with us is that, because we stand so close to one another, we only see the faults and take for granted the gifts of goodness which we all possess. We become a community of knockers and begrudgers once we allow ourselves to be blinded by jealousy and family prejudice.
The gospel, that we have heard today, is asking us to say thanks and to give honour and recognition to the prophets of Godís goodness in our midst. So express some appreciation and give a word of praise for those who surround you daily. Let us not take for granted the presence of God among us as evidenced in the goodness shown by family and friends.
Welcome to one of Chesterís oldest Roman Catholic Churches, St Francis of Assisi. Set in the heart of Chester City Centre, near the Grosvenor Museum and Race Course, it was originally built for the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. The construction of St Francis Church began in 1862 and was finally finished in 1875. It is now a thriving city Catholic Church serving a wide community over the Chester area.
Visiting Catholics and non Catholics from all over the world are always welcome. Have a look at our mass times and be sure to say hello to the Brothers after the mass. We look forward to meeting you.
St Francis Church Repository
The repository has a selection of beautiful gifts, cards, pictures, candles, rosary beads and ornaments for sale at very reasonable prices.
Why not come along and have a look!