Father Philip Writes...
August is dominated by our Summer Festival - the Patronal Festival of our parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This day celebrates Mary’s resurrection. The resurrection which Our Lord has promised to all his disciples has already taken place in the very special case of Mary, Jesus’ mother. We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection because it lies at the heart of our faith. God became man in Jesus Christ to give us life now and in eternity. This life does not stop when we undergo physical death.
What sort of life shall we receive? It will be what is shown in Jesus’ resurrection – new and endless life for our whole selves, body and soul alike – not some shadowy half-life for our soul alone. On Easter morning, Jesus’ body was alive again, more glorious than before and now incorruptible. Jesus ate, walked, spoke and was touched by his disciples.