St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 26th July 2020: XVII Sunday in Ordinary Time.

St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 26th July 2020: XVII Sunday in Ordinary Time.

It's been a funny old week, and I'm not quite sure how to describe it. There have been a number of changes – with Fr Matthew Licensed as Priest in Charge of St Anselm, Hayes. We are happy for him and for his new congregation; but it leaves a threefold gap in our community! Then there's the compulsory wearing of face masks in many shops and public buildings (although they are only advisory and not compulsory in our churches). Swimming Pools and Gyms have re-opened today, so people can start to work on their physical and mental health: but what about our spiritual health? Have we got back on track with that? In our Gospel reading for this Sunday, Jesus wants to tell his disciples about the Kingdom of Heaven – and he uses more parables to help them understand.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.”
How much would we be prepared to pay for our share in the Kingdom of Heaven? Would we be willing to sell everything we own to secure our place? Yet Jesus gives up everything – himself, his whole life – to secure our place in the Kingdom. How can we manage to repay this debt?

The first Mass of the XVII Sunday in Ordinary Time takes place this evening (Saturday 25th July) at 6.00pm. Parish Mass is at 10.30am on Sunday 26th July. If you are unable to attend, please try and come to one of the weekday services. And let us continue to pray for an end to this pandemic and for all those who are striving to support those affected by all its repercussions.

David Griffiths