News for Sunday 31st July: The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2022: The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings in our Liturgy of the Word this weekend give clear guidance for us to be able to identify “material things” and “heavenly things”. In the First Reading from The Book of Ecclesiastes, we are given examples of vanity. “For so it is that a man who has laboured wisely, skilfully and successfully must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled for it at all.” This does seem to be very unfair and we often think of someone who has worked hard to be deserving of praise. However, we are warned, there will be no reward in heaven for these accomplishments on earth. Similarly, in Saint Paul's Letter to the Colossians, he writes: “you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God's right hand.” Saint Paul encourages us to “let your thoughts be on heavenly things” and “why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life.” We are all too well-aware that we can so easily become distracted by trivial matters, things that are material and that merely separate us from God.

In the Good News of the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus as he always does, gives a very clear example in the Parable of the Rich Man. “Watch and be on your guard against avarice of any kind.” It is therefore for each one of us to determine how we can make ourselves rich in the sight of God.

Not long now until we are able to welcome our new Parish Priest, Father Richard Norman. His Induction and Collation will take place on Friday 23rd September at 7.00pm. It will be a Vigil Mass of the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham and a very fitting Patronal Festival.

The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 30th July at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 31st July at 10.30am.

“How happy are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

David Griffiths