Patrick Halligan, Derek Skekel
Thomas Trs, John W Ladly, Christine Allridge
Adrian Gostling, Josephine Howley, Dan Harrison
Denis Ryan, Elizabeth Lampley, Peter Church
Catherine Coulon, Christopher Corcoran
John O’Shea, Ellen Donovan, Ann Sherlock
May They Rest in Peace
Jesus used three parables about the attitude to those who wandered away and were lost and how the communities must rejoice when they return and are found. St. Luke reminds the early church that all exclusion or intolerance of others, no matter if it is by those most pious and devout, is incompatible with the gospel. The Father’s joy at the return of what was lost is without condition.
The chosen people apostatised but Moses pleaded on their behalf, asking God to remember his promises. God’s pardon and favour will always be greater than the unfaithfulness of his children.
1 Timothy 1:12-
Paul has been seized, pardoned and saved by Christ. This was the foundation of his apostolic mission: to bear witness to the gospel of grace.
A shepherd seeking his lost sheep, a woman her lost money, a father patiently waiting the return of his son: the three are figures of the Father of Mercy. This is the reply of Jesus to the elder sons, the chosen people, who are scandalised at the warm welcome he gave to sinners.
Daniel Kelleher, Salvina Barber, Mary May
Ann O’Connor, Rosanna Joseph, Richard Lamb
Ann Higgins, Jonathan Eley, Annie Childs, Karen Oates
Kim Nichol, Matt Butler, Rachel Antonella Rizzo
Michael & Joan Clements, Leslie Sebastian
Gloria Soar, Micky Bennett, Rizzo Enzo
Wesley Leachman, Connie Hall
The Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. The Lord spoke to Moses, ‘Go down now, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have apostatised. They have been quick to leave the way I marked out for them; they have made themselves a calf of molten metal and have worshipped it and offered it sacrifice. “Here is your God, Israel,” they have cried “who brought you up from the land of Egypt!”’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘I can see how headstrong these people are! Leave me, now, my wrath shall blaze out against them and devour them; of you, however, I will make a great nation.’ But Moses pleaded with the Lord his God. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘why should your wrath blaze out against this people of yours whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with arm outstretched and mighty hand? Remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, your servants to whom by your own self you swore and made this promise: “I will make your offspring as many as the stars of heaven, and all this land which I promised I will give to your descendants, and it shall be their heritage for ever.”’ So the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
1 Timothy 1:12-
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, and who judged me faithful enough to call me into his service even though I used to be a blasphemer and did all I could to injure and discredit the faith. Mercy, however, was shown me, because until I became a believer I had been acting in ignorance; and the grace of our Lord filled me with faith and with the love that is in Christ Jesus. Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I myself am the greatest of them; and if mercy has been shown to me, it is because Jesus Christ meant to make me the greatest evidence of his inexhaustible patience for all the other people who would later have to trust in him to come to eternal life. To the eternal King, the undying, invisible and only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
There will be rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner. The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them: ‘What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-
Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 15th September