News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 2021: The Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Good News in the Gospel according to Mark that we will be hearing this weekend is full of human emotion. The disciples are arguing over which of them was the greatest. In the Epistle from St James, he captures that very argument: “Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done”. Back to the Gospel, and Jesus tells the disciples: “If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.” Perhaps one of the most moving demonstrations of this can be found at the Last Supper, when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and demonstrates his humility and his servanthood. The lyrics of Graham Kendrick's hymn “The Servant King” are now so apparent:
“From Heaven you came helpless babe,
Entered our world, your glory veiled.
Not to be served, but to serve
And give your life, that we might live….”
Jesus continues: “Anyone who welcomes one of these children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” We know that the journey of Christian discipleship presents many challenges, but we have some amazing role models to inspire us. Saint Teresa of Calcutta (more familiarly known as Mother Teresa) was such an inspiration to all. Dedicating her life to serving the poor and destitute, not just in Calcutta but around the world.
The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 18th September at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 19th September at 10.30am. Both of these are opportunities to bring our lives as a daily offering of worship:
“This is our God, The Servant King,
He calls us now to follow him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King.”