Posted on May 15, 2020

St John Vianney R C Church

Sixth Sunday of Easter Year A

Readings

Acts 8:5-8,14-17
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21

Earlier this week, we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. This feast celebrates events that began 103 years ago on 13 May 1917, when our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in an obscure village in Portugal. The apparitions of our Lady, which ended on 13 October of that year, included a terrifying vision of Hell, a call to penance for the sins of the world, and the famous third part of the secret entrusted to the children, revealing the continuing slow martyrdom of the Church from its highest levels down.

But while there is much in the content of the message of Fatima that is sobering, and indeed downright frightening, there is, at its heart, this one, supremely consoling message of hope: “My Immaculate Heart will triumph”.

This message is a message of victory. But there can be no victory without a battle preceding it. While Hell is real and terrifying, the Devil has been defeated. The only thing left to him is to attempt to lure the unrepentant into his grasp. Our Lady, however, the one who stood at the foot of the Cross, puts Satan to flight and prays unceasingly as Mother of the Church for us poor sinners on our earthly pilgrimage to our Heavenly Father.

This message of hope lies at the heart of our readings today: “Always be prepared to make your defence to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, .... continue reading on sjv-clayhall.co.uk
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