St. Mary-the-Virgin, News for Sunday 13th October 2019: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
A big thank you to those who arranged the Coffee Moprning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support last Saturday, and to those who came to support it. It is so important that we support other charities alongside our stewardship in giving to St Mary’s. In a similar way, many thanks for all the harvest gifts you donated for Harrow Food Bank. These items will certainly go to help those who are less fortunate and living in our local community.
It comes as second nature to us, to thank those who have donated or helped in some way. And the charities we have supported will most certainly thank us for our contributions. It is quite astounding therefore, that Luke’s Gospel recounts the incident of the healing of ten lepers, but only one returns to give thanks to Jesus. “Were not all ten made clean? The other nine, where are they? It seems that no-one has come back to give praise to God, except this foreigner.” But are we sometimes a bit complacent with our thanksgiving?
It is said that those who are the most needy are the ones who demonstrate the most gratitude when someone helps them – whether it is by a hand-out from the Food Bank; support for a patient diagnosed with cancer … or a Samaritan leper who is cured of his affliction. How often do we show our appreciation to God for the many blessings that he showers upon us? We give thanks this week for Fr Edward’s steady recovery from his bout of illness.
This week, in addition to the usual Pew Sheets (Readings and Sunday Message) we have an ACAT (Action by Christians Against Torture) Newsletter which details, amongst others, the release of Asia Bibi. Now that really is something to thank God for!