Michael Caden, Edward Holford, Thomas Relf
Stanley Ward, James Gostling, Sheila Proops
Tom Coleman, Barry O’Neill, Joseph Stout
Cesaria Plares, Shendrina Skekel, Nellie Crossin
Ernest Kelly, Florence Nobel, Zygmund Tracey
Mary McManus, Leslie Hartt
May They Rest in Peace
The readings of today's Liturgy emphasis fidelity and dedication to duty and work. It is more blessed to give: talents and gifts are given to individuals for service of the community. The Christian is to be fully dedicated to working in the service of others, while watching and waiting for the life that is to come -
This text seems to be out of sync with today’s norms and lifestyle. However, in its original context, the ‘perfect wife’ was used as an image of the faithfulness of Israel to God. The qualities identified in this excerpt apply to all God’s children -
1 Thessalonians 5:1-
We are reminded of the uncertainty of the Day of the Lord’s coming -
The parable illustrates that there can be no faith without risk, adventure and indeed effort! All God’s children are gifted. The challenge offered by Jesus is to risk those gifts for the good of God’s kingdom.
Jonathan Eley, Austin Bryant, Joan Prior
Mary May, Joanne McCann, Stanley Chiura
Eileen Jude, Wesley Leachman, Bernadette Judge
Eileen Pinner, Gloria Soar, Kim Nichol
Bernie McNamara, Michael Clements
In Neighbouring Parishes
A perfect wife – who can find her? She is far beyond the price of pearls. Her husband’s heart has confidence in her, from her he will derive no little profit. Advantage and not hurt she brings him all the days of her life. She is always busy with wool and with flax, she does her work with eager hands. She sets her hands to the distaff, her fingers grasp the spindle. She holds out her hand to the poor, she opens her arms to the needy. Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty; the woman who is wise is the one to praise. Give her a share in what her hands have worked for, and let her works tell her praises at the city gates.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-
You will not be expecting us to write anything to you, brothers, about ‘times and seasons’, since you know very well that the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. It is when people are saying, ‘How quiet and peaceful it is’ that the worst suddenly happens, as suddenly as labour pains come on a pregnant woman; and there will be no way for anybody to evade it. But it is not as if you live in the dark, my brothers, for that Day to overtake you like a thief. No, you are all sons of light and sons of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness, so we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober.
You have been faithful in small things: come and join in your master's happiness. Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out. ‘The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. ‘Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.” ‘His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.” ‘Next the man with the two talents came forward. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.” ‘Last came forward the man who had the one talent. “Sir,” said he “I had heard you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered; so I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy servant! So you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered? Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have recovered my capital with interest. So now, take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the five talents. For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away. As for this good-
Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 19th November