8th October, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Dear Friends, 
Today Jesus is still addressing the chief priests and the elders – the people in charge and claiming to speak for and act on behalf of The Father as they claimed their authority as successors of Moses.  The custom of absentee landlords existed then too, we are no strangers to that concept.  But Jesus was speaking about their stewardship which was deeply flawed.  They had the seats of honour at public functions and in the temple (God’s House), but their neglect of their responsibilities was alarming, to the extent that they tolerated all sorts of underhand and evil deeds as long as they were not directly challenged.  The person of Jesus and his care for the downtrodden annoyed them so much that they had him put to death also. 
Let us not get carried away for a moment and think “this would not happen to me”.  How careful are we with the gift we have, do we share our time with those who need it now, even family members?  Do we think about the poor and disposed or judge them harshly?  It’s easy to become an absentee landlord.  It’s sobering what Jesus says to them.
CELEBRATING THE HARVEST
1. Today we have the CAFOD Family Fast retiring collection.  You can Gift Aid by using the envelopes on the table.
2. Next week end at the 10.30 Mass, we will bring all our gifts for the Saint Vincent de Paul, Food Store to the altar.
Some Mass rotas still to be collected.
Four surgeons were discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.  One said “I like accountants because everything inside them is numbered.” The second said, “I like electricians, because everything inside them is colour coded.”  The third one said “I like DIY people because they understand when you have a few bits left over.”  The fourth said, “You must be joking.  Politicians are the best, they have no guts, no heart, no brains, no spine and the other bits are interchangeable.”
God Bless
Fr John

Dear Friends,  Today Jesus is still addressing the chief priests and the elders – the people in charge and claiming to speak for and act on behalf of The Father as they claimed their authority as successors of Moses.  The custom of absentee landlords existed then too, we are no strangers to that concept.  But Jesus was speaking about their stewardship which was deeply flawed.  They had the seats of honour at public functions and in the temple (God’s House), but their neglect of their responsibilities was alarming, to the extent that they tolerated all sorts of underhand and evil deeds as long as they were not directly challenged.  The person of Jesus and his care for the downtrodden annoyed them so much that they had him put to death also.  Let us not get carried away for a moment and think “this would not happen to me”.  How careful are we with the gift we have, do we share our time with those who need it now, even family members?  Do we think about the poor and disposed or judge them harshly?  It’s easy to become an absentee landlord.  It’s sobering what Jesus says to them.
CELEBRATING THE HARVEST1. Today we have the CAFOD Family Fast retiring collection.  You can Gift Aid by using the envelopes on the table.2. Next week end at the 10.30 Mass, we will bring all our gifts for the Saint Vincent de Paul, Food Store to the altar.
Some Mass rotas still to be collected.
Four surgeons were discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.  One said “I like accountants because everything inside them is numbered.” The second said, “I like electricians, because everything inside them is colour coded.”  The third one said “I like DIY people because they understand when you have a few bits left over.”  The fourth said, “You must be joking.  Politicians are the best, they have no guts, no heart, no brains, no spine and the other bits are interchangeable.” God Bless Fr John

 


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