February – Month of the Passion of The Lord
We spool forward a few centuries in the story of the Old Testament, to arrive at Abraham, “our Father in faith”. Today we hear of another Covenant (like last week) - even though the word is not used. God promises Abraham descendants like “the stars of heaven”, and the showering of blessings. This shows how much God loves Abraham, and all his children. This love is proved for us in Jesus: God loves us so much he sacrificed his only Son (just as Abraham was willing to do); but this is not all: Jesus also rose from the dead, to stand at God’s right hand and plead for us. All this is revealed in the story of the Transfiguration, where Jesus is seen in the glory that is rightfully his as the only Son of God. Not until after the Resurrection will the disciples see this fully again.
Let us pray this week of the people of the parish of the Holy Cross and St. Helen, Ashton, with Fr. Jude Lemeh, parish priest, and Fr. Joachin Nwaorgu, of the Vincentian Fathers. We pray for their parish primary schools and St. Damian’s High School, for the chaplaincy to Tameside General Hospital and for the Sisters of St. Michael the Archangel.