This Sunday, the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our readings are somewhat prophetic and directing our thoughts towards God rather than focusing upon our earthly life. We spend so much time thinking about our status, our possessions, our wealth … so many things that are unimportant in the eyes of God. As Jesus says in the Good News from Luke’s Gospel: “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then? So it is when man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the eyes of God.”
So what does it mean to be “rich in the eyes of God”? There is a lovely poster that I saw recently: “A rich man without God is just a poor man with money”. We must always put God at the centre of everything we do. He should be the first person we speak to in the morning, and the last person we speak to at night. He walks with us on our journey of life as our companion and soulmate. We can look to our second reading from St Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians: “But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.” So we should give thanks to God for all we have and all that we are, for without him we are nothing.
One person who is most certainly rich in the eyes of God is our dear friend Norman Beszant who celebrates his 100th Birthday this coming week. We offer our most sincere congratulations to Norman and we will join with him to celebrate this great achievement after the 10.30am Parish Mass this Sunday. Also this Sunday we welcome Fr Darren Smith who will be speaking about the work of the Additional Curates Society (ACS) which our parish supports. There will be a retiring collection for ACS after Mass so please give as generously as you can.
I am sure you will have noticed our new web-site which Fr Matthew has been working on. We are now in the process of changing over our e-mail distribution system, so apologies for any disruption in the changeover. If you don’t receive the weekly Pew Sheets over the next few weeks (and you would usually do), please let us know so that we can see what’s gone wrong! We are also hoping to distribute leaflets to as many houses in the Parish as possible. If you can take a bundle and “do your road”, this will be a considerable help.