Sunday 8th September 2013
On Sunday, 8 September, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Monsignor Keith Newton, baptised his grandson, Matthew Joseph, during the 10:30 Solemn Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street. Matthew, who was born in May this year, is the second child of Mgr Keith and Gill Newton's daughter, Lucy Ring, and her husband, Leo. The godparents were Lucy's brother, James Newton, and Leo's cousin, Frances Ring.
In his sermon, Mgr Newton quoted from the day's Gospel: "If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes his own life too, he cannot be my disciple." He said this was a difficult text to preach on, especially as he had members of his own family in the congregation. Mgr Newton then explained that "hate" was not a good translation for a Hebrew idiom which really meant "love less" so the words, he said, were about choice and loyalty, getting one's priorities right and the cost of discipleship.
Mgr Newton explained that through baptism a choice had been made for Matthew, which meant setting him on the road of discipleship. In time Matthew would be invited to make his own choices. "Being a disciple of Jesus is a demanding choice," Monsignor Newton said, "which is not rewarding in the world's terms but ultimately it is the most important choice in the world as it is about our eternal life."