There are some who believe that ‘after Wittgenstein’ all contemporary philosophy is mere word play. Some weary souls go as far to say that politics is much the same.
There is an Italian proverb ‘traditore traduttore’ which could be translations are treacherous. Putting something into words is always a challenge. Ask any preacher. There is always the risk that the words you choose will not capture the essence of what you want to say. Ask any wife or husband. The risk is greater when translating from one language into another. In the Play Translations, the playwright Brain Friel reflects on the English re- naming of Gaelic Ireland. Druim Dubh, which means “Black shoulder” in Irish becomes Dromduff in English and Poll na gCaorach, meaning “hole of the sheep” becomes Poolkerry. Something is lost in the translation. A way of thinking, a language, a history.
Many translators of today’s gospel (John 2;13-25) use one English term, temple for two different Greek words, used in the original text.
The first word hieron (John 2:14) means sanctuary, or sacred building-shrine. The second word naos means home-dwelling the place of a divinity or where God is present were God is found.
The first word Jesus uses entering the temple-building of Jerusalem. The second, (the dwelling) he uses speaking of himself. St Paul also uses that term- in his letter to the Corinthians didn’t you realise you were Gods temple and that the spirit of God was living among you…the templeof God is sacred: And you are that temple. Do you get It? do you see what is happening?
Sometimes the message of the gospel can get lost in translation. What we can’t fail to notice in the gospel today is the passion, feeling, even aggression of Jesus. As he clears the temple building, Jesus disturbs the peace. His energy is at the service of his Father’s house. However, the casualties of his aggression are the displaced traders and cattle. Not dead people.
In light of the government's road-map for exiting lockdown and in order to allow more people to attend Mass we will be reviewing the times of Masses. However, for the moment, we are still in lockdown and are unable to accommodate everyone who would like to attend Mass. It is important that you book your places and keep an eye on the website to see what places are available.
Mass times from Palm Sunday, March 28th:
Follow the visit of the Pope to Iraq
Cardinal Vincent asks us to pray for the Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he makes his apostolic visit to Iraq, March 5-8
During Lent we will be supporting the Cardinal's Lenten Appeal.
Leaflets and envelopes are at the back of the Church.
This Lent, please support the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal
and help provide food for children and families in our
communities who are facing hunger. You could also support
work to help our brothers and sisters come through the
global pandemic stronger and better able to cope.
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Even if you have already decided to participate in another Lent Course (there are many on offer) please consider joining with other Christians in RBKC (including KCC and CTiNH) for one hour, each Wednesday this Lent.
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A useful link for prayer and reflection if you are feeling weary and anxious
Another Lent study group for you to consider.
Global Healing Course for Lent. Throughout Lent, the Global Catholic Climate Movement is holding a series of online evenings with inspiring speakers, films, prayer and discussion, challenging people to respond to Pope Francis' call to Care for Our Common Home in Laudato Si'. Hosted by the GCCM Laudato Si' Animators in the UK the events take place on six Thursdays from 18th February - 25th March 2021, 7.30pm - 8.30pm. To register please click here: