It’s a BIG weekend at St Mary’s this weekend. On Saturday afternoon (13th July) we shall be holding our Summer Barbecue in the Memorial Garden from 3.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children aged 12-18 and under 12’s are FREE! Come and enjoy fine food, fine company and … what we hope will continue to be balmy weather.
On Saturday evening, Stanmore Choral Society will be holding their Summer Concert “Mid-Atlantic Song” at 7.30pm in Church. Tickets are £13 adults and £6.50 children. Details of the concert programme can be found on their web-site: http://stanmore-choral.org.uk/future-programme-2/
On Sunday, the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are treated to the “Good Samaritan” parable from Luke’s Gospel. There are many different aspects one can draw from the parable that Jesus tells, in response to the question from a lawyer “Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” We hear the phrase “Good Samaritan” used frequently in our day-to-day lives, describing someone who has, perhaps, gone out of their way to help someone in a less fortunate or distressing situation. But to understand the real depth of the parable, one must appreciate how divided the Jews and Samaritans were. This was not just someone from another town, someone unknown, a hapless passer-by who stopped to helped a fellow human in a state of distress; this was someone who was hated and despised, the lowest of the low, someone you would not only cross the road to avoid but actually make a detour to stay right away from. When Jesus reveals the one who stops to help is a Samaritan, the jaw would have dropped on the face of the lawyer and of those listening around him because this would have been unheard of!
There are many people who need our help right now! The hungry, the housebound, the lonely, those who are bereaved, the long-term unemployed, those suffering from mental illness or a long-term health condition, those who rely on food banks … we could list on and on. The Good Samaritan in the parable didn’t set out to help everyone. He stopped to help one person. Is there someone that you could help today? Just one person (or maybe two). But someone who you wouldn’t usually go out of your way to help. Why? Because that’s what Jesus tells us to do: “Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the brigands’ hands?” “The one who took pity on him”, he replied. Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same yourself.”