Gospel Reflection for the Twenty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Imagine if Jesus were to place an advertisement for new disciples. Imagine if the person specification read, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Would the prospective candidates be queuing round the block? Probably not! Even for those of us who have a genuine desire to be disciples, these demands seem too hard.
Later in the same reading, Jesus appears to make a compromise. “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? ” Jesus is giving very practical advice on weighing up the costs before making a commitment which might become too much. So if Jesus is warning us against taking on too much of a commitment, is he suggesting that there are varying degrees of commitment and varying degrees of discipleship?
If Jesus were interviewing for new disciples, how would he respond if we were to turn up asking for a part time job? The chances are, we might be sorely disappointed. The truth is Jesus is not for one minute suggesting that there are various degrees of commitment or various degrees of discipleship. If there is a conflict of choice to be made between God and worldly gain we have to choose God. If there is a conflict of choice between God and family, we have to choose God. Of course it would be totally irresponsible to abandon worldly work and family, but God must come first.
However, what Jesus is suggesting, is that one type of discipleship is not going to suit all of us. We are each suited to different brands of discipleship. It would be no good for instance, deciding to serve God by fundraising if we have no head of business, or by caring for the sick if the sight of blood makes us faint. Each of has individual God given talents that we need to apply to our individual brand of discipleship. Jesus tells us to sit down in a business like way and calculate what this individual brand of discipleship is going to cost us.
Whichever way we choose to be Christ’s disciples, whether it be travelling half way across the world to look after AIDS orphans, or by fundraising on a home PC, Jesus reminds us that nothing less than a hundred percent commitment will do.
Your prayers are asked for those who have died recently, especially
Gerrard Dodd, Mary O’Neill, Scott Edwards, Tommy Fields, Tejinder Singh Ahluwalia, Devang Shah, Gerrard Dodd, Alan Fitzsimmons, John Higgins,
Henry Santamera, Brenda Lewis, Teresa Pickup, Patricia Holding,
Gerry Rowlands, Johanna Plunkett,
And for those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Annie Spellman, Julie Corrigan, Tina Johnson, Joseph McGarry,
Patrick Considine, Mary Butler, Karen Lawler, Mary Agnes Molyneux,
Please pray too for all those who are lonely or housebound, for those who are sick, at home or in hospital, and all those visited by our Eucharistic Ministers.
CAFOD GROUP – LAMPEDUSA CROSS
A Year of Mercy pilgrimage on the refugee crisis
“We have seen the face of Jesus in the face of every refugee.”
(Archbishop Nikolaos Printezis, Lesbos, Greece)
In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us all to make a pilgrimage, to mark “
an extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal”. (Misericordiae Vultus)
The idea of pilgrimage is especially powerful in the light of the current migration crisis. More people than ever before in human history are now on forced journeys far from home.
This pilgrimage is a way for us to show solidarity with all those fleeing war, poverty and persecution in our world. Along the way, we reflect, “Who is my neighbour?”
After each Mass on the 17th & 18th September we will be making our own pilgrimage in church, using the seven symbols of the journey our brothers and sisters make.
There will be short prayers and reflection at each of these symbols.
Many Congratulations to
Michelle Robinson & Anthony Johnston,
Laura Sharp & Lee Murphy and
Donna McDonald & James Regan
who were all married in our church last weekend.
We wish you all every happiness in your future lives together.
WELCOME – We are delighted to welcome Dylan Joshua Moran, Harley Neil McGee, Denva Kate Gilmore, Dylan Tony Jones, Isaac Alan Hayes, Roman Jai’ye Victor Junior Olasenj and Madison Amy Childs who were Baptised into our faith community last weekend.
WINNING NUMBERS PARISH LOTTERY for draw on 31st August 2016
7; 10; 12; 21
NO WINNER of the Jackpot of £272
(subject to re scrutiny)
Estimated Jackpot for the next draw is £486
Two consolation prizes of £25 each;
Many thanks to all who support our Parish Lottery and to the Team who run it for us.
Your support is really appreciated!
“Don’t forget to buy your ticket! You’ve got to be it to win it!!”
Christ Church Community Centre invite you to their Coffee Mornings every Tuesday from 10am-12noon – please come along , it’s a chance to get out, meet with others and have good old chat.
There is also Connect and Create on Wednesdays at the Christ Church Community Centre from 10am-12noon – this is a group that gets together and works on various craft activities. Individuals can bring their own projects or they can learn new ones or try out some of the new ideas and crafts that the group introduce.
Please come along, everyone is very welcome.
Second Saturday Catholic Convention & Healing Service.
10th September 2016 8am –4pm
Bethel Convention Centre,
Kelvin way, West Bromwich, B70 7JW (nearest train station is Sandwell and Dudley)
Led by Fr Soji Olikkal with guest speaker Fr Pat Collins, a member of the Vincentian order and a well known speaker and author who has given parish missions and written on a range of topics.
No booking is required just turn up on the day, tea & biscuits are available. It is suggested that adults fast if they can but please bring a packed lunch for children and also for yourself if needed as food cannot be purchased at the venue. There is no charge for the day but an offering will be taken to cover the costs of the day.
Do you know anyone suffering from addiction or are you looking to come off drugs or alcohol and have tried everything? There is help at CENACOLO – we have a great success rate. Meetings are held at The Blessed Sacrament Shrine, 4 Dawson Street,
Liverpool L1 1LE on Tuesdays 7.00pm till 9.00pm, come to the meetings or for more
information call : Margaret (0151 342 1034) Mary Holgate (0151 342 4166)
or Mary Conway ( 07883 339 980) or see the website http://www.cenacolo.org
We also have a booklet available at the back of church detailing the history and background of the Cenacolo community for you to read.