News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August 2022: The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The readings this weekend tell us to “stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” No-one knows when we are to be called from this world to the next. In the Good News of the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus uses another parable to make this point to his disciples: “You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house.” We are encouraged by the words of scripture, not to be afraid when our time comes – but we are to be prepared! Peter asks Jesus the pertinent question: “Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?” Jesus replies: “The servant who knows what his master wants, but has not even started to carry out those wishes, will receive very many strokes of the lash.”
How prepared are we? In our readings last Sunday, Jesus told us that there we should not put our energy into building our wealth on earth if we are not building our treasures in heaven. Have we already made a start? Hearing the message is one thing, but we must do something about it and there is no better time to start than now!
We often hear some horric reports of the maltreatment of prisoners in countries with a poor human rights record; but perhaps we don't think of Morocco where this month's ACAT Harrow Prayer Case of the Month, Mohamed Lamine Haddi is currently detained. Please pray for him, and other detainees; and give thanks for the freedoms that we take for granted.
The first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 6th August at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is on Sunday 7th August at 10.30am. Do please note that there are no public services on Thursday, Friday or Saturday next week due to clergy holidays.
“See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks.”