News for Sunday 24th July: The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022: The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Good News of the Gospel according to Luke that we will be hearing this weekend, Jesus gives his disciples (and us) The Lord's Prayer: “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Jesus said to them: “Say this when you pray:
Father, may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
as we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test.”

Perhaps this prayer has become so familiar to us that we say it verbatim without thinking what we are actually asking. The words have also been adapted over the years and there are traditional and modern versions – but the essence is still the same.

For us, as Christian disciples, this is not a passive prayer, for us simply asking God, Our Father, to feed us, forgive us and give us due guidance. This is a call to action. If we really are asking “your kingdom come”, then as 21st Century disciples this is a call to action. We each have a part to play; not only in bringing others to know the love of God, but “as we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.” We cannot expect to become true disciples if we are not symbols of Christian faith, hope and love: and as Jesus taught us, “the greatest of these is love.”

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 23rd July at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 24th July at 10.30am, to which we hope to welcome Bishop Matthias Mededues-Badohu (Bishop of Ho, in Ghana) by kind invitation of Father Bernard Dagnall.

Take time to reflect on the words of The Lord's Prayer as you say (or sing) them this week.

David Griffiths