9th February 2020
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today’s three readings can easily be translated into the language of a child to explain to us once again the value of the prophets, in this case, Isaiah, “share your bread with the hungry and shelter the homeless poor… Call to the Lord and he will say, “I am here.” St Paul reminds us that he did not try to sound learned or show his gift of oratory to the people of Corinth, but he came “in fear and trembling” and only wished them to have faith that would not create a contest or rivalry, but would be the power of the Spirit (of God) at work in their lives and community. And finally, Jesus tells the apostles that their witness and words should have the same effect on people’s lives as salt to give them taste and preserve the best in what they do so that others also benefit.
Put another way: 1) Let us be aware that we rely on God’s giving to us, for the very breath we draw. 2) This sense that we are not the masters but servants will make it much easier to share with anybody in need. 3) When the light goes out (and we are called home by God) it will mean that life was well worth living, no matter what the annoying bits were.
This is in stark contrast to the gospel of prosperity which is espoused by many devious pastors. Donald Trump’s personal spiritual advisor proclaims that Jesus Christ died on the cross not for the forgiveness of humankind (saviour), but to rescue people from financial hardship.
Lectio is: reflecting on God’s Word as in the Bible. It is a user-friendly way to speak to God and think about how we are living the gospel as e.g. in today’s readings. Take a leaflet from the table.
OLQH Parent and Toddlers’ Group: All are welcome by Caroline and Ann Marie: Thursdays between 10 and 11.30 am.
Charities Committee Report 2019: Please take the green folded form. Thank you so much for your generosity to many worthy causes.
Finally: Church Roadside Sign. Adam and Eve were the first people not to read The Apple Terms and Conditions.
God Bless you all,
Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland Celebrating the Feast of St Patrick 16th March 2020February 8, 2020
Youth CampFebruary 8, 2020
Hosted by our Parish’s Grandparents Group: Saints Helping Us TodayFebruary 8, 2020
Charities Committee ReportFebruary 8, 2020
Evening Prayer for Divorced, Remarried & SeparatedJanuary 25, 2020
Four Day Dementia Course for Family and Friend CarersJanuary 25, 2020
Youth CampJanuary 25, 2020
Babysitting and Tutoring ServicesJanuary 18, 2020
Please pray for all those who have died recently
Paul Dineen, Jimmy Farrell, Grace Fleicher, Nancy Ford, Sylvia Lyons, Joseph Nolan
May they rest in peace.
Please pray for all those who are sick at this time
Marie Bellizzi, Teresa Brown, Robert Burbridge, Lally Clarke, Joan Cottrell, Florence Cox, Zita Felber, Hermanthe Fernando, Roy Higham, Elizabeth Mary Jones, Gill Kirwin, Miriam McDonnell, Maura Morris, Miguel Montoro, Paul Pullen, Wilson Rabanos, Donal Reidy, Gill Shaw, Pat Sibley, Godelieve Vandersloten, Alfonsa Varghese and Mark Wardell
And all those named on the notice board in Our Lady’s Shrine.
May they find consolation in their suffering