News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2022: The Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
What does it mean to be “humble”? This Sunday, our first reading from The Book of Ecclesiasticus poses this very question and delivers some pertinent answers: “My son, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver.” We are probably all aware of those people who like to be 'seen' doing good deeds or giving to charity or bragging about their success; but that is quite the opposite of what we are told to do. “The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power of the Lord is, he accepts the homage of the humble.” Of course, there is nothing wrong in doing good deeds or giving to charity (including our own church), and indeed we all have skills and talents that we are called to use. But it is in the way that we do this that signifies whether we are doing it for God's purpose, or for our own benefit. In the Good News of the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus explains this in a parable.“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that when your host comes, he may say, 'My friend, move up higher.' In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured.” So how can we become more humble in the sight of God? We have no better example than Jesus himself. As Saint Paul wrote in his Epistle to the Philippeans: “He was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross. But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names.” As Christians, we are called to follow Jesus – to follow his example. He did good deeds, remarkable deeds, acts of healing, miracles … and yet he often told those who were healed not to tell anyone who had healed them. Jesus did not present himself as King or Messiah, but as a Rabbi, a teacher, someone who took the time to explain the nature of God and of God's Kingdom. Often he would find a quiet place to pray. That is what we can do. To pray for humility – just as Our Lady demonstrated her humility in accepting the gift of Our Lord through the Holy Spirit. Like her, are we ready to say “Yes” to God?
The first Mass of the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time will be on Saturday 27th August at 6.00pm. Parish Mass will be at 10.30am on Sunday 28th August. All contributions received so far for the reception and party after the Induction are greatly appreciated. If you have not done so yet and are able to do so, please give your contributions to Gloria, Johnette or Ken.
This Sunday at 3.30pm you can enjoy Mozart's “Cosi fan Tutte” at St Andrew's Kingsbury (which will be sung in Italian with an English narration). Entry is free, with a retiring collection. Click here for more information.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.”