Sunday 11 August 2019: Are we ready?





St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 11th August 2019.

This Sunday, the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus challenges his disciples to be ready: “See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit” we hear Jesus tell them in the Gospel of Saint Luke. I am sure that we would all like to think that we are ready for action; on standby just waiting for Jesus to call us to the fore – but perhaps we let too many obstacles get in our way!

The truth is that we have already been called. From our Baptism, we have been commissioned to serve our Lord and Saviour and we should be putting that commission into action right here, right now. What are we doing to spread the Good News and grow God’s Kingdom in Kenton? 

But perhaps we are too much like the servant who says to himself, “My master is taking his time coming” and waste our time and resources on other matters.Unfortunately, there are so many distractions that prevent us from being ready and having our lamps lit! 

This Thursday is the Feast of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary with a Sung Mass at 7.30pm. Please come in good number, as we will be welcoming other local Anglo-Catholic Churches to join with us and we would like to offer a warm welcome.  

This month’s ACAT (Harrow) Prayer Case of the Month features Rodolfo Alvarez Medrano (‘Rudy’) who has been on death row in Texas since 2005. It is often easier to understand the legal anomalies of countries that are based on different values to the United Kingdom, where prisoners are detained because of their religious convictions or campaigns for social injustice; but the case that Action for Christians Against Torture (ACAT) have highlighted this month is from one of the United States of America. It is clear that “Rudy” is not the only one who is in need of our prayers.

David Griffiths


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