Menu
24 Hours for the Lord
About Us Default
AC
Advent 2016
Advent17
Aid to the Church in Need
Alix Manders
amex stadium
Andrew Bayes
Anna Rowlands
Apostleship of the Sea
Archbishop Mennini
Archconfraternity of St Stephen
Art
Art of Dying Well
arundel cathedral
Arundel Cathedral 2
ascent movement
Association of Interchurch Families
Augustino Z Davies
Austen Ivereigh
B & Hove logo
Bad habits - nuns
Bakhita pic
Bakhita poster
Bell
Benedictine hospitality
Bible Van Gogh
Bishop Bowen
Bishop Cormac 1
Bishop Cormac 2
Bishop Cormac Thumb
Bishop Crest
Bishop Dan Turley
Bishop David Cashman
Bishop Kieran
Bishop Kieran
Bishop Pastoral Lent
Bishop Richard and printer
Bishop Richard Moth
Bishop Richard Moth 2
Bishop Richard Moth 3
Bishop Richard Moth 4
Bishop Richard Moth 5
Bishop Richard Ordaining Priest
Bishop Richard Video Picture
Bishop_Carousel
Bishops' Conference Logo
Bishops Diary
Bishops Richard and Martin
Blank_For_Homepage
Blessed Virgin Mary
blue cross on yellow
Books
Brighthelm
BVIE Video
BVIE Video 2
BVoices in Exile
CAFOD
Call of St Matthew
Candle
Canon Gerry Coates
Cantores Amicitiae
Cardinal Cormac
Cardinal Cormac
Cardinal Cormac at St Georges 2
Carmelites Third Order
Carousel Image 1
Carousel Image 2
Carousel Image 3
Carousel Image 4
Carousel Image 5
Catenians
Cathedral Canons
Catherine M
Catholic Association of Teachers
Catholic Bible School
Catholic Charismatic Renewal 2
Catholic Deaf Association
Catholic Education Service
Catholic Faith Centre
Catholic Faith Exploration
Catholic Family History Society
Catholic Medical Association
Catholic Nurses
Catholic Police Guild
Catholic Voices Day pic
Catholic Women
catholic womens league
Catholic Young Adults
CC
Celebrate
CES logo
Chemin Neuf best logo
Chemin Neuf Community
Chestnut Tree House
Children
Christian Life Community
Christianity UK
Church Marketplace
Church Polling station
clerk to governors
Climate change awareness
CM
CM
Coat of Arms Main
Coat of Arms Thumb
Come and See Logo
Communications logo
Corpus Christi
Courses image draft
Courses Leadership
Crawley Interfaith Network
Cross AMF
CSAS
Cursillo
Deacon Annual Mass
Deacon Cross
Deacon Duncan
Deacon Ted Connelly
Deacon Ted Connelly small
Deacon Tristan Cranfield
Deacon Tristan Cranfield 2
DfE
Dia Day no text
Diocesan Cross
Diocesan Cross - New
Diocesan website
Diocese of Chichester logo
Divine Ren
Dominicans
Dove
DW
East Africa Crisis Appeal
East Sussex CC logo
education future
Education Service Homepage
EF at WG
Egypt Palm Sunday
Elizabeth Wallace CAFOD cakes
English Catholic History
Ephatta
EU Referendum logo
Eucharistic Adoration Monstrance
Fairtrade Foundation
Family Groups Logo
Fatima statue
FHC
Fire St JtheB
Flower arranger
Font
Fr Aaron Spinelli
Fr Jonathan How Scout
Fr Liam Golden Jubilee
Fr Liam Golden Jubilee 2
Fr Martin Breen RIP
Fr Robin Mountford
Fr Roy Waters
Fra Alessandro
Friar Alessandro2
Funeral Cardinal Cormac
Gaudium
Gaudium 2
Good Shepherd
Google
GPs at School
Graduation 2016
Grail
Grandparents Pilgrimage
Great Adventure
GUC
Hand in Hand
HCPT
HeavensRoadFM logo
Holy Door
Holy Door
Holy Land
Home Bottom Feature
Homelessness Sunday
Homepage Centre Feature
Homepage video Misc 2
Homepage video Nativity
Homepage Video Panel
Homepage video Pastoral image
Homepage video Pope
Homepage video prayer intentions
Human Trafficking
I Belong Special Resource
image holder - article
Inclusion Diagram
Interpreter
Jeff Cavins
Joannie and Julie
John Battle
Jonathan How Bronze Wolf
jr
Jubilarians
jubilee logo
Kat People
KB
KSC
Latin Mass Society
Laying on of hands Paul B
Laying on of hands Paul B resized
Leadership
Leadership 2
Learning
Liturgies
Live Nativity Mayfield
Lourdes bench
Lourdes Pilgrimage
Lourdes Pilgrimage 2
Lourdes Pilgrimage Homepage
Lourdes Pilgrimage logo
Lourdes video pic
Lourdes video pic 2
Lourdes video pic 3
lourdes2
Maintenance to Mission Video pic
marie_ryan
Marriage Matters
MF
Missio
Mother Teresa
Movement of Christian Workers
Music
National Catholic Scout Fellowship
National Marriage Week 2017
NCSC logo
NCTL logo
New Catholics Day
Newman
Newman picture
NGA logo
Ofsted logo
OLQOH No 10 compressed
Ordinariate
Ordination Dom Hesychios
Our Father in Arabic
Our Lady
Our Lady of Consolation
Our Lady of Consolation statue
Papal Coat of Arms final
Parish-portal
Paul Bilton and +RM
Pauline G Diocesan Medal
Pax Christi
PGateley
Phil Garvey pilot Woking
Policies1
pontifical commission for Protecting Minors
Pope and Deacon
Pope Francis
Pope Francis MW pic
Pope Francis Ted Talk
Pope Prayer Video Homepage May 16
Pope solemn and prayerful
Pope Video August 2017
Pope Video December 2017
Pope Video June 2017
Pope Video September 2107
Prayer Boy
Premier Logo
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II web montage
RCIA Network
readers
Recruitment 1
Recruitment2
Refugee Crisis News
Refugee Newsletter
Relit
Risen
Rite of Confirmation
Rite of Election
Rite of Election 2016
Rite of Marriage
Roger Stone and Seafarer
Romero Week
Safeguarding Logo Homepage
Safeguarding signpost
Safeguarding umbrella
Safeguarding volunteer training
Safeguarding volunteers
Safeguarding volunteers
Sample Image 1
Sample Image 2
Sample Image 3
Sample Image 4
Sea Sunday 2016
Section 48 Default
Sede Vacante
Sede Vacante Thumb
Servite SI
signtest
SITE:PUBIMAGE1
SITE:PUBIMAGE2
SITE:PUBIMAGE3
SITE:PUBIMAGE4
SMUC
society of st gregory
sp4climate logo
St Barnabas Society
St Cuthmans Homepage
St Francis
St Francis of Assisi Ramblers
St George
St Jo's Spec School Countess
St Mary's University College
St Philip Howard
StCatherine'sHospice
Surrey CC logo
survive-miva logo
Taize Birmingham
Taize logo
The Centre for Child Protection
Theos
Thykingdomcome
Together for Common Good
Tom Kent
Towers School Logo
Tree test
UN logo
Union of Catholic Mothers
Universalis temporary
Universalis temporary 2
Vatican
Vatican City Coat of Arms
Vatican City Coat of Arms bigger
Vatican Information Service logo
Vatican Museum
Vatican News Service logo
Vatican Website
Video Bishop Christmas Message
Video Bishop Christmas Message 2
Video Bishop Dan Flood Appeal
Video Bishop Pastoral general
Video Bishop PL 26 Sunday 2016
Video Bishop Prison Reform CBCEW
Video Bishop Prison Reform CBCEW 2
Video Homepage Bhp Richard 3
Video Homepage Prayer Intentions April16
Video Homepage Prayer Intentions April16 v2
Video Homepage Prayer Intentions March 16
Video Pastoral Trinity 16
Video Pope Francis Ted Talk
Video Pope October 2017
Video Pope Prayer Intention December 2016
Video Pope Prayer Intention January 2017
Video Pope Prayer Intention March 2017
Video Prayer Intentions August 2016
Video Prayer Intentions July 2016
Video Prayer Intentions October 2016
Video Vocations Pastoral Bishop Richard
Video_Default_Homepage
Villa Palazzola
Vision for Mission Video
Vision for Mission video 2
Vocations General
Vocations Service Homepage
Vocations Video image
Volunteer Missionary Movement
Walking Pilgrimage
Website Training
Wellspring
Wellspring Community 2017
West Sussex CC logo
Woldingham School Advent Service
World Day of the Poor logo
World Day of the Poor Pope pic
World Day of the Poor Vatican video 2
World meeting families pope
World Meeting of Families 2
Worldmeetingoffamilies
Worth Abbey Parish
WYD A&B Logo
Year of Mercy
Year of Mercy Reflection Day
Zampini

Notify Me

Please enter your name and Email address below - we will notify you when places become available.

Name:
Email:
Refresh
Please enter the code shown above:
Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Article

Pastoral Message: Low Sunday 1996

PASTORAL LETTER OF BISHOP CORMAC MURPHY-O'CONNOR

to be read at all Masses
ON LOW SUNDAY, 14th April, 1996 

My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Most Catholics that I know have a copy of the Bible in their homes. However, I do not think that many of them actually read it! I wonder how many of you read the New Testament, and especially the Gospel stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? Take, for instance, the 20th chapter of John's gospel from which our extract today is taken. In it we have four different reactions to the risen Jesus. First of all, we have the reaction of the beloved disciple, probably John himself, who believed in Jesus Christ when he saw the garments left in the empty tomb. Then we are told that Mary Magdalene believed when she heard the voice of the risen Jesus call her by her name. She was then told to go out and tell that good news to her brethren and so became one of the first to announce the gospel message. Thirdly, in our extract today, we are told that Jesus came amongst the disciples gathered together and said to them, "Peace be with you" - he repeated the words - "Peace be with you" (Jn. 20:20). He showed them his hands and his side and the reaction of those disciples was one of joy that they had seen the risen Lord. 

Lastly, we have the story of Thomas, often called 'doubting Thomas'. Thomas had been absent when Jesus first appeared to his disciples and he was not easily persuaded. Thomas is adamant in his refusal to believe on the basis of the word of the other disciples. He says, "Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe" (Jn. 20:25). Again, Jesus appears and challenges Thomas. "Put your finger here, look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe" (Jn. 20-.27). Thomas does not even need to touch Jesus and he professes his faith in those wonderful words, "My Lord and my God". 

However, in our gospel extract today there is one reaction which is perhaps more important than all the others. In John's gospel there can be no greater praise given to Jesus than the words of Thomas, "My Lord and my God". But there can be no greater praise given to Jesus's followers, namely, you and me, than the words, "Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe" (Jn. 20:29). That same Jesus who said that he would be with us until the end of time, here affirms a fruit of his resurrection, namely, that there would be a believing community of Christians remaining here on earth until Jesus himself comes again. 

The Easter season stretches from Holy Saturday until the feast of Pentecost. It is a period when all of us are to renew and experience again in our lives the mystery of the risen Jesus. For those of us who were baptized, perhaps many years ago, the priest who baptized us asked our God-parents, "What is it you ask of the Church of God?" And the answer that was given was the word, "Faith". There are many needs of the Church in our diocese and, indeed, in our country, but the greatest need, it seems to me, is a deepening, a renewal of our faith in the risen Christ. 

What is your reaction to the risen Christ? We have pledged, as a diocese, during these years before the Millennium, to deepen our understanding, our celebration and our witness of what it means to be Christ in our world. Another way of expressing this desire is our promise to deepen our faith. How often do we repeat that prayer of the cripple in the gospel - "I believe, Lord, help thou my unbelief"? There are many ways which the Church gives us to help deepen our faith. The first is quite simply the capacity to deepen our life of prayer and worship. What time and effort do you give to your daily prayer, at home, at work, in the silence of your heart? What efforts do you make to participate more fully in the liturgy, perhaps by reading the extracts from the Sunday readings? There is no better way of deepening our faith than by opening ourselves to the Word of God in silence, in reading his own words. 

Another way we deepen our faith is through our experience of discipleship together: "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Mt. 18:20). Jesus did not call one person to follow him; he wanted to form a community of his faithful disciples and each one of us needs to experience that community in the life of our families, of our parishes, of our diocese. More and more, if we are to go out and give witness to Christ, we need to experience within our community the sense of our solidarity in faith. Again, I repeat the necessity for community prayer, for family prayer, for small communities of all kinds, a sharing of faith. 

Nor should we neglect being alongside especially those who are in any kind of need. When we stand and help people who are poor and needy, then in some way we take the place of Christ, we become "Christophers" , namely, those who bear Christ to others, When we are with them then we understand more deeply the presence of God in their lives and especially in our own life. 

May I simply leave you on this second Sunday of Easter with those most comforting words of St. John in today's reading. "This is the victory over the world - our faith. Who can overcome the world? Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God" (1 Jn. 5:4-5). It is within the communities of our parishes that we understand, worship and give witness to the risen Christ. Nurture the Christian life in your parishes. Do your best as a Christian, Catholic community to respond to the challenges of our age. Endeavour to transmit the essential richness of the Church to your children. Essentially, this means the will of every one of us as a community to transmit the living experience of our faith. As Jesus says, "Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe". 

With an assurance of my prayers and kindest wishes, 

Yours devotedly in Christ, 

[Unknown]
Rt. Rev. Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.