Lazarus (Luke 16.19 - 31)

The story of Lazarus (Luke 16.19-31) has two elements that we are rather dubious about in the West today: judgement and hell. Traditionally, of course, they were part of the four last things that were considered in Advent. Aware of how people have been damaged by religious fear, we are now very cautious about these things. Plus, our belief in God as a God of love trumps these elements. Still, here we have Jesus telling a parable in which judgement and hell play a key role. Perhaps how we respond depends on where we read the story. If we read the story in a shanty town, or a refugee camp, or a slum, then we might feel differently about the story than if we read if in a situation of secu

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Please pray for the sick esp. Sister Sheila, John & Carmel Bates, Annetta Pellegrinelli, Finola Hickey and Kelly-Marie O’Donnell. Baptism: Ask God’s blessing on Micole Akaro who will be baptised here during Mass at 12 noon this Sunday 25th September. First Holy Communion 2017 We are now enrolling children of families attending Mass at St Mary’s regularly for preparation for First Holy Communion in 2017. Children must be at least 8 or in Year 3 at school. Sessions will be held in the parish centre on Sundays from 9-10 am and the children go on to attend the 10 am Mass immediately afterwards. The programme will be under the direction of Sandra Lipner – finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk Forms ar

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

​Please pray for the sick esp. Sister Sheila, John & Carmel Bates, Annetta Pellegrinelli, Finola Hickey and Kelly-Marie O’Donnell. Wedding: Ask God’s blessing on Christopher Elms and Lauren Merlow who were married here yesterday (Saturday 17th Sept). First Holy Communion 2017 We are now enrolling children of families attending Mass at St Mary’s regularly for preparation for First Holy Communion in 2017. Children must be at least 8 or in Year 3 at school. Sessions will be held in the parish centre on Sundays from 9-10 am and the children go on to attend the 10 am Mass immediately afterwards. The programme will be under the direction of Sandra Lipner – finchleyeastcat@rcdow.org.uk Forms ar

The Unjust Steward (Luke 16)

What is known as the Parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16) is really the parable of the manager who cooked the books. As such it has always seemed puzzling. Surely Jesus is not approving embezzlement? We need to remember that Jesus admired initiative. And the message is really quite simple. It is this: People will go to great lengths to secure their material welfare. Why, then, will they not go to great lengths to secure their spiritual welfare? Or, to put the same question differently, if people act vigorously to protect themselves in this life, why will they not act vigorously to ensure their place in eternity? So the parable does not endorse creative accountancy: rather, it rai

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