News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February 2022: The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
There's a lot of happiness going on in our readings this weekend; and I'm afraid I can't think of happiness without recalling the words of the song of the same name, sung by the late veteran performer Ken Dodd:
Happiness, happiness, the greatest gift that I possess
I thank the Lord that I've been blessed
With more than my share of happiness.
In the Good News of the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus explains in the Beatitudes (the “blessings”) some contrary points of view: “How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.” I'm not sure whether anyone who is really struggling financially would consider themselves to be happy. But we live in a materialistic society where possessions, property, money, wealth are seen as something to be loved (and regrettably at times, worshipped). Unfortunately, investing too much interest in these objects can detract from the important things. Those who are poor do not have to make a decision between one thing or another: theirs is the kingdom of God. If we look back to the lyrics of Ken Dodd's song, there are some very pertinent phrases:
Happiness is a gift and like all gifts, we should cherish it and share it with others. I thank the Lord … make no mistake. This gift is indeed a Gift from God. So let us not keep it to ourselves. … that I've been blessed. Indeed, these gifts are blessings. In different versions of The Bible, this passage would read:
“Blessed are you poor …”
“Blessed are you that hunger …”
“Blessed are you that weep…”
Let us show that we have been blessed with more than our share of happiness. “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep.”
The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 12th February at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 13th February at 10.30am.
“Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven.”