News for Sunday 26th June: The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2022: The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It feels like a very long time since we were last celebrating an 'Ordinary' Sunday, but as we have now officially entered the season of summer it is good to have the green of nature reflected in the vestments and altar frontals. The Readings in our Liturgy of The Word this weekend carry a theme of sacrifice and service. What sacrifices did others make to demonstrate their loyalty and commitment to God? In our first reading, we hear the call of Elisha by the Prophet Elijah, who had been sent by God to select his successor. We hear that Elisha was in the middle of ploughing a field at the time, and yet he stopped what he was doing; sacrificed two oxen, gave them to his friends as a farewell meal and then went off to follow Elijah as his servant. He didn't even have an opportunity to say goodbye to his father and mother! I wonder if we would be quite so willing to answer God's call to us? In the Good News of the Gospel according to Luke, we hear of some keen disciples who want to follow Jesus, but there appears to be something 'more important' that they have to do first: “I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.”
Jesus gives a suitable response to their excuses. We know that when Jesus called his first disciples, they were busy working repairing their fishing nets; and Jesus said “Follow me” and they left their nets and followed him. We cannot pick and choose when we are called by God to serve Him. We can't apologise and say: “It's not very convenient at the moment, but if you give me a few weeks or months, then I'll be able to get everything in order and then I'll be able to follow you.” What if Mary had made that response to the angel Gabriel when she was told that she would conceive and bear God's Son? Like Elisha, like the early disciples, like Mary – we must be ready. We must have our house in order and we must be willing to respond: “Here I am Lord, use me.”

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 25th June at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 26th June at 10.30am. We are all invited to His Eucharistic Feast. Will we respond to His invitation or is there something else we need to do?

David Griffiths