25TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

“Why be envious, because I am generous?”

We can never hope fully to understand God: especially God’s generosity. We are very good at working out who is deserving of good fortune and who is not – unfortunately for us, God’s gifts go to those God chooses, not those we choose. An example is forgiveness: those who have done the most wrong are those who receive the greatest forgiveness when they turn to God – perhaps at times we begrudge this gift. Today’s lesson is simply this: God’s ways are not our ways, God’s thought are not our thoughts

 

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Change of Mass and Confession Times

From 7th October there will be a change of Mass times. There will be a weekday Mass in Our Lady’s at 10am Saturday morning. There will be no Vigil Mass at 6pm.

On Saturday evening there will be one Vigil Mass at 5pm in St David’s. The Sunday times remain the same i.e. Our Lady’s at 9.30am and St David’s at 11.15am

Confession times will also change, in Our Lady’s Confession will be celebrated at 11am and in St David’s at 4.15pm

 

“Draw your strength simply from your joy in Jesus. Be happy and peaceful. Accept whatever he gives. and give whatever he takes, with a big smileSt Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) to her co-workers

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24th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

I do not tell you to forgive seven times, but seventy seven times

Jesus tells a dramatic story in the Gospel, to make a very important point: the desperate need in our world for forgiveness and reconciliation. How many chances do we give each other? As many as seven? How often do we shut doors on people, even family and friends, saying “That’s it; you’ve just gone too far this time: never again? When Jesus says that we must forgive ‘seventy-seven’ times, he implies that we never stop forgiving, whatever happens. He doesn’t just say this, however: even when they do the worst thing that could be done to him, nailing him to a cross, Jesus puts these words into practice: “Father, forgive them…” As his disciples, we must do likewise.

 

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23rd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

If he listens to you, you have won back your brother

No man is an island… How true this is for those who follow Christ: each of us has responsibilities towards each other, based on our ‘debt of mutual love’. When we see wickedness and wrongdoing, then because of our privileged position of following the Lord Jesus, we have a duty to speak out. This will not always be easy – remember the prophet Jeremiah last week – but this was the mission of the Lord Jesus himself, and as his followers, it is our mission too. As with everything, love is ‘the answer to every one of the commandments.’

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“Love Jesus! Have no fear! Even if you had committed all the sins in this world, Jesus repeats these words to you: Your many sins are forgiven, because you loved much.                 St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)

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22nd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

 

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself

A quick glance at last week’s Gospel reveals the interesting development of the story: last week, we heard Peter proclaiming that Jesus was the Messiah, and being given authority as a result. This week, Peter gets it wrong: he is rebuked by the Lord because he does not understand who the Messiah is. The Messiah is the one who will give everything for his people – even his own life. To be a follower of Jesus demands an understanding and acceptance of this fact, and a willingness to take up the cross as Jesus did. Our introduction to this is the prophet Jeremiah – also persecuted for doing and saying what was right. Have a look at the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, where this twinning of Jeremiah and prophecy of persecution also appears.

 

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21st SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

 

You are Peter, and I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven

There is a very simple theme to this Sunday’s readings: it is the principle of authority in the community of the Church: we are introduced to the idea that God gives authority to someone in the first reading, where Shebna is dismissed by God and replaced. This is a prelude to the Gospel story of Peter being given authority: not because he is powerful or wise in the world’s sense, but because he was able to profess his faith in the one sent by the Father. This is the principle of all authority in the Church: it is to spring only from God and our faith in God, professed by our way of life and rooted only in Christ, for ‘to him all authority, in heaven and on earth, has been given.’

 

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20th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

 

Woman, you have great faith

Today is one of those occasions when, even though the second reading is not chosen to correspond to the theme of the Gospel and first reading, it does in fact fit very well. Indeed, much of the letter to the Romans is explained in this Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word: the whole theme is summed up in this: the Messiah came first of all to the people of Israel, to whom the promises were made in the past – but it could not remain there. The good news had to be taken to the ends of the earth, so that all peoples, indeed the whole of creation could welcome the Messiah and take a place in the Kingdom of God. All nations are welcome on God’s holy mountain: “Let all the peoples praise you, O God!”

 

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19TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

Tell me to come to you across the water

How does God reveal himself to us? Most of the time, in precisely the way we do not expect! This is what happened to Elijah: we expect God – all-powerful, almighty – to appear in dramatic effects of nature; but no, God is in a gentle breeze. Similarly in the Gospel: the disciples do not expect Jesus to come towards them walking on the lake – but he does. And when God is revealed in the unexpected, he gives courage and strength: Elijah was afraid when he went to Horeb, but was strengthened by his encounter with God to continue his mission; in the same way the disciples are given courage and faith by the Lord who walks to them on the waters.

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