Bernie Carolan, Helen French
Frank McManus, Chris McCarthy, Mick O’Sullivan
Jean McKenzie, Christopher Creede, Peggy Keogh
Mary Bednarczuk, Peter Carolan, Perpetua Hollis
Fred Lewis, Annie Williams
May They Rest in Peace
Wealth, power, influence and success may satisfy many of mankind’s needs and desires, but they are less than adequate in the search for human fulfilment and genuine happiness. The search for meaning in life inevitably leads to the question of God!
The ancient wisdom of the Hebrews was also known and shared by many other contemporary religions: the riches of the heart and spirit are more precious than any material riches. Understanding and wisdom are of far greater value than any earthly treasure. The gift of wisdom is not so much knowledge of facts as an ability to discern that which is in itself good and distinguish it from what is merely trivial.
The Word of God is in a different order to common human words. Jesus reveals himself as the living Word of God which cuts more finely than any two edged sword: nothing escapes his all-
Discipleship of the Master is not without cost to the disciple. The great paradox of the Christian vocation is that those who accept the challenge to lose everything with Christ are assured of having everything with him; even here, already in this present life! Power, celebrity and prestige may be seen in our culture to go hand in had with wealth, yet they too are unable to assure genuine happiness.
Ann O’Connor, Rosamma Joseph
Richard Lamb, Connie Hall, Jonathan Eley
Gloria Soar, Annie Childs
Kevin Abedi, Wesley Leachman
Kim Nichol, Eileen Pinner
Bill Ford, Mary May
Mary Mullins, Michael Clements
In Neighbouring Parishes
I esteemed Wisdom more than sceptres or thrones. I prayed, and understanding was given me; I entreated, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me. I esteemed her more than sceptres and thrones; compared with her, I held riches as nothing. I reckoned no priceless stone to be her peer, for compared with her, all gold is a pinch of sand, and beside her silver ranks as mud. I loved her more than health or beauty, preferred her to the light, since her radiance never sleeps. In her company all good things came to me, at her hands riches not to be numbered.
The word of God cuts more finely than a double-
Give everything you own to the poor, and follow me. Jesus was setting out on a journey when a man ran up, knelt before him and put this question to him, ‘Good master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: You must not kill; You must not commit adultery; You must not steal; You must not bring false witness; You must not defraud; Honour your father and mother.’ And he said to him, ‘Master, I have kept all these from my earliest days.’ Jesus looked steadily at him and loved him, and he said, ‘There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesus insisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were more astonished than ever. ‘In that case’ they said to one another ‘who can be saved?’ Jesus gazed at them. ‘For men’ he said ‘it is impossible, but not for God: because everything is possible for God.’ Peter took this up. ‘What about us?’ he asked him. ‘We have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘I tell you solemnly, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not be repaid a hundred times over, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land – not without persecutions – now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.’
Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 14th October