News for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October 2020: The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I heard someone the other day bemoaning the fact that this weekend we shall all have to remember to put our clocks and watches BACK one hour. “Surely we don't have to spend an hour longer than necessary in 2020! It's been an awful year!” I did empathise with their point of view (even if it was said somewhat “tongue in cheek”). However, how often do we also say “Oh, I wish I could turn the clocks back” as we consider events that we may have approached in a different way and which may have resulted in different outcomes.It is frequently an expression that recently bereaved people may think or say as they express their grief and regret: “If only I had known how ill they were…” or “If I could go back in time I would have been able to tell them how much I loved them”. Hindsight is indeed a wonderful thing!

I wonder if the Pharisees and Sadducees ever reflected on the way they had treated Jesus? Over the past few weeks, we have been listening to the dialogue In Matthew's Gospel that Jesus has been having with the Chief Priests and Elders (Pharisees and Sadducees) as they try to trick him into saying something blasphemous or contrary to the law. In the Gospel for this Sunday, the Pharisees ask: “Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus answers: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second resembles it: you must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole law, and the prophets also.”

Love God and love your neighbour. Isn't that just so simple? Why do we try to complicate things? When we think back over the past ten months, have we followed these two precepts? Would we like to go back and do something differently? We are where we are, and we have to make the most of every minute of every day, because we can never get them back. Well, apart from once a year when we can physically “turn back time”. But I wonder if we would really do anything differently if we were given the opportunity?

The first Mass of Sunday is at 6.00pm on Saturday 24th October. The Parish Mass is on Sunday 25th October at 10.30am … and you can have an extra hour in bed if you remember to put your clocks back!

David Griffiths