News for Sunday 20th February: Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th February 2022: The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is so much hate in our fragile world. The news headlines are full of reports of nation against nation – Russia and the Ukraine; Israel and Palestine – not to mention the many countries where there is civil unrest within one country with warring factions jostling for supremacy: countries such as Myanmar, Haiti, Yemen and Afghanistan. On a more local level, incidents involving antisemitism, homophobia, islamophobia and rival gangs far too frequently lead to violence and sadly, to tragic life-changing injuries or death. It may not be reassuring, but in the Good News of the Gospel according to Luke, we hear what Jesus has to say on the matter: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.” If only it were that simple. If only.

There is a lovely quote at the beginning of the ACAT Harrow Newsletter this month from the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu: When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognising the humanity in others.”

We may not have the power to stop warring nations or factions within countries that are many miles away. We may not even feel able to intervene when we see violence or abuse happening in our local community (for fear of us becoming a victim also). But what we DO have the power to influence is how each of us behaves. Jesus tells us: “Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned.” We know that LOVE is the greatest gift we can give to one another, just as Jesus showed his love for each of us by his death on the Cross.

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 19th February at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 20th February at 10.30am.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

David Griffiths