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From the Priest-In-Charge of Sarum St. Martin’s

13th Sunday B 2018

On Friday of last week the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul, the Apostles who in a sense established the Church in the then Imperial Capital of Rome.  Both gave glory to God in a martyrs death confessing that Jesus is the Christ as they refused to offer sacrifice to the Emperor.  These two apostolic martyr saints showed at their deaths belief and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that He and He alone would heal them of their sins and bring them to New Life.  And so they went to their deaths praising God.

Today in Cathedral churches throughout the Church of England men will offer themselves to God in belief and trust that through the laying on of apostolic hands Jesus will enfold them into Himself and ordain them to serve as priests in His Church, that the Gospel may be preached and the sacraments of the New Covenant may be celebrated to the Glory of God the Father and the sanctification of His people.

In the Gospel reading this morning we hear of two people who, having heard of the Messianic signs that Jesus was performing were determined to see Him, to touch Him, to be healed by Him.  Jairus’s daughter lay close to death; the woman had long suffered from an internal haemorrhage that had been uncured and had cost her all of her substance in doctors’ fees.  The one hoped that his child would be cured; the other that she would be cured.  The words of Jesus to the woman, ‘My daughter, your faith has restored you to health’ together his words to Jairus, ‘Do not be afraid; only have faith’, speak to the heart of Christian living; Believe and trust in the Lord.

Four examples then of Believing and Trusting; the apostles, the newly ordained priests, the woman and Jairus.  These four examples should teach and encourage us as we go forward on our earthly pilgrimage that nothing, and I truly do me nothing, can stand in our way, if we in our turn will believe in Him and trust in Him as they did.  Sometimes our road will be hard and dry and long, as was the woman’s.  Yet her faith in Jesus pushed her forward through the crowds.  Sometimes our road will be filled with danger, as was the journey to Rome that St. Peter and St. Paul made. Yet their faith propelled them onwards to give glory to God.  Sometimes our road with be filled with anxiety as was Jairus’ for his daughter.  Yet he had faith that Jesus would heal his child.

As we journey on our road these same feelings and fears and hopes are ours.  Do we have enough belief and trust in Jesus as did our examples to continue to step out, to worship, to pray, to give our lives to God, to show the traits of His disciples, not to despair, not the blame others?  Or do we not?  By their fruits you will know them as scriptures reminds us. 

The fruits of the apostle’s martyrdoms was and is the Church.  The fruits of the newly ordained is the joy of lives lived in the glory of ministerial priesthood proclaiming the Good News of Christ and celebrating His holy sacraments.  The fruits of the woman and Jairus is the healing in that Jesus gave.  What will our fruits be?  Individually that will be known to us and to God.  And collectively? that will be

Fr David Fisher

seen the way in which in belief and trust this Church will continue to be a place of welcome for all who come to seek the Lord Jesus in faith, in doubt, in questioning, in hope, because we have lived out our belief and have trusted that what we do is for God and not for ourselves and so have kept alive apostolic truth in this place, to which that same apostolic truth was brought and planted nigh on a thousand years ago.  

May God bless us all in our endeavours to serve Him and the Gospel in the celebration of the sacraments of the New Covenant given to the world, for the world’s salvation on the Cross and from the Empty Tomb.



Almighty God, you have made us members of Christ and of his Church in this parish. May we as a congregation reach upwards to your throne in worship and adoration: inwards to one another in understanding and fellowship; and outwards to the world in evangelism and social compassion. Make us like a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden, so that men and women may find Christ as the Light of the World, and his Church as the family of the redeemed, and eternal life as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

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