News for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Sunday 4th October 2020: The Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

If we were living in the countryside, then Harvest would be a “big thing” in the annual calendar. The whole community would be aware of the long hours the farmers would be putting in at this time of year to collect the crops and there would rightly be a big celebration once the fields had been emptied and the grain stored away for the winter. In recent years, our Harvest celebrations have focused on the local Foodbank and we have brought tins and packets of food (and a few toiletries too) to help those who are less fortunate. It is a strange dilemma, that when there is such an increasing demand upon these foodbanks (not just due to the Covid-19 crisis) that we are placed in a situation where it is so much harder to contribute by way of giving a token item or items from our larders. If you are able, please support the Harrow Foodbank. Details on their web-site: harrow.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/

Many of the parables that Jesus tells will have resonated so much more with the rural communities that he would have been preaching to at that time. However, on this occasion, the parable of the vineyard that we hear in Sunday's Gospel, is not being delivered to a gathering of farm owners and labourers, but to the chief priests and elders. It is a stark warning to the leaders of the local community: “I tell you, then, that the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.” We are those people. We are the ones who are to yield a rich harvest. We are the ones who have been given God's creation to tend and care for and bring forth its fruit. The responsibility is planted fairly and squarely at our door!

The first Mass of Sunday will be at 6.00pm on Saturday 3rd October. Parish Mass is at 10.30am on Sunday. Those who are unable to attend are welcome to tune in on our YouTube channel.

David Griffiths