Image: ‘If your brother listens to you, you have won back your brother’
THEME: A Hard Truth
“If you do not speak to warn the wicked man to renounce his ways, then he shall die for his sin, but I will hold you responsible for his death.” (Ezekiel 33.8, 1st Reading)
“All the commandments… are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.” (Romans 13, 2nd Reading)
“If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.” (Mt 18.15-16, Gospel)
MY BROTHER AND I
In the book of Genesis Cain, after he had killed Abel, was questioned by God as to his brother’s whereabouts; he replied: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (4.10) God’s response to Cain’s guilt was to condemn him to a difficult life as a ‘marked man’. God held him responsible for Abel’s safety and welfare.
THE TRUTH AND I
Last Sunday, we heard Jeremiah accuse God of seducing him and he resolved not to speak God’s message to the people because it was always ‘Violence and ruin’, or doom and gloom, resulting in ‘insult, derision, all day long’. But then he discovered the word of God to be ‘a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones…I could not bear it.’ (Jer. 20.7-9) He had to speak out and warn the rulers and the people of imminent peril.
THE SENTRY AND I
‘Son of man, I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, warn them in my name…’ (Ez. 33.7). Dear God, have you made me the ‘sentry’ to watch over my household? Do I really have to speak in your name? Must I speak up? Can’t I shut up when difficult issues surface in the family circle, among work, or golfing colleagues, and in society in general? What is this burden (of truth) that you have laid upon my heart? I am afraid of ‘insult and derision all day long’.
THE WORD AND I
“O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts,” we prayed (or did we parrot it?) in the psalm. Do I mean it? Is the heart hard encrusted with pride or fear, so that I do not – or dare not – share the news of God’s love – and His warnings – with my family, neighbours, and colleagues, when the moment arises in daily life?
JESUS AND I
“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 10.32-33) -Strong words that should crack any hard heart. The thought of not having Jesus on my side when I reach the Pearly Gates, must alarm the best and the worst believer.
How much do I love my brother, my sister, my colleague, my neighbour? – Enough to share, humbly and reflectively about the true meaning of life? St Paul (2 Cor 4.7) says we carry the message of salvation in “earthen vessels” – ourselves! We are fragile; we have received the treasure of salvation; we did not win it, or deserve it. It is gift, pure gift. Therefore, with courage, let us share this “treasure” joyfully in all honesty, simplicity and humility with everyone that God places in our pathway. “Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour,” (St Paul).
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Parish Contact Details
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Masses 23rd Week Ordinary Time
Saturday 06th Sept
Sunday 07th Sept – HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY TO ALL FATHERS
9.00am Mass – For all parishioners
10.45am – Coreen Mass
Monday 08th September BIRTHDAY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
9am No Mass – Feast of Mary will be celebrated tomorrow.
Tuesday 09th Sept. St Peter Claver
9am Mass – Birthday of Blessed Virgin Mary – for Ron Beamish, Monsignor Bill Fulton
6.30pm Confessions – 1st Communicants’ & their families. All Welcome.
Wednesday 10th Sept.
9am Mass for anniversaries of Martin Moriarty & Chic O’Donoghue
11.00am Holy Communion to Homes
Thursday 11th Sept.
12.00 Mass – Anniversaries of Pat Plunkett & CWL Members
Friday 12th Sept. Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
9am Mass – Anniversaries of G & D Poulson and A & K Mulquiney
11.00am Holy Communions to Homes
Saturday 6th Sept. St John Chrysostom
9am Mass – Anniversaries of D & D Gallagher and Judy Raggett
6.30pm Vigil Mass – for Healing, Intercession & Thanksgiving
Sunday 14th Sept. 1ST COMMUNION DAY
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
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NOTICES: Meetings / Imp. Dates:
9th Sept (Tue) 1st Communicants Confessions to prepare for 1st Holy Communion at 6.30pm.
14th Sept FIRST COMMUNION DAY
18th Sept (Thu) 1.45pm CWL Meeting at Hall
20th Sept.(Sat) 9am-3.30pm Women’s Spirituality Day, Wagga, at Sacred Heart Primary Sch. Kooringal. Must register by 12th Sept. Ph. Megan Moon 02-6953-4121. Key Speaker: Jill Gowdie (of Brisbane) ‘her passion is for the individual spiritual journey to the heart of God.’
Wrap with Love: 9.30-12 noon every 2nd Monday. NEXT SEWING DAY: Mon 15th Sept 9.30am.
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NEW ROSTERS ON BACK TABLE IN CHURCH
Roster 13-14 September 2014
6.30pm J Clohessy B O’Donoghue
6.30pm G & E Kingston
9.00am M Kelly & M Milthorpe
6.30pm M Skehan & A Pilgrim
9.00am K Roberts & R Taylor
Altar: M Doyle
6.30pm M Clohessy & M Skehan
9.00am Craig Sandral
6.30pm Zac Lassey & Steph Lassey
9.00am Simone & Olivia Aitken
Collection: T Moroney
Counters: M Kelly
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Anniversaries this week:
Ron Beamish, Carmen O’Donoghue, Chic O’Donoghue, Martin Moriarty, Geoff Paulson, Dot & Don Gallagher
Also Remember in Prayer
Lance Campbell, Judy Raggett, Sr Elizabeth Mitchell RSM, Maria Jaszczyk, Braedon Hensel, Jace Whyte, Noreen Rourke, Patricia Kelly, Brian Knight, Margaret Elliott, John Skehan, John Hanrahan. Access Funeral Booklets of recently deceased at: http://stmaryscorowa.org/honour-roll/
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CATHOLIC RADIO THIS WEEK: This week on “The Journey” Catholic Radio Program which airs on 7 September, Trish McCarthy will have some brilliant tips for living well according to the Scriptures, hot on the heels of her return from a stint of evangelisation in the South Pacific. Also we will have the debut of Fr Michael Fallon on the show. Tune into 98.5 THE LIGHT Albury Wodonga Sun 11am, repeated 9pm. Listen in via podcast anytime at: www.radio.dow.org.au