Weekly Bulletin w/b 19th Sept 2021. Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity.

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you: and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings at Mass

1st Reading. Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1; 12:22

The godless plot to do away with the just one, because his blameless life is a reproach to them.

2nd Reading. St James 3:13-4:3; 7-8

Jealousy, ambition and self-seeking lead to disharmony and fighting. Gentleness, reasonableness and mercy lead to peace and harmony. As Christians we are called to live in peace and harmony with one another and give to the world an example of what human society and community should be like.

Gospel. St Mark 9:30-37

Jesus tells his apostles that he will suffer bitter humiliation and death and says that true greatness shows itself in service towards the weaker members of the community.

Reflection

The First Reading talks about the just one who serves the cause of righteousness and suffers for it at the hands of the wicked. The ‘righteous’ are those who hold on to their faith in God and obey his commandments. This passage has been seen in Christian Tradition as anticipating the hostility suffered by Jesus, the suffering One. This reading forms a unified theme with the Gospel and the reading from St James.

In the Gospel we have the second prediction of the Passion: once again the disciples do not understand. Instead, motivated by selfish ambition they get involved in an argument as to which of them is the greatest. This kind of ambition is condemned by Jesus and is also condemned by James in the Second Reading.

It is not ambition itself that is condemned, but false ambition. False ambition involves a desire to rule others. It creates conflict and division and is deeply damaging to the unity of the community. True ambition, on the other hand, is the desire to serve others. The best and purest kind of service is that which is rendered to the little ones, that is, to the most insignificant persons in the community. (Flor McCarthy)

Church Calendar for September

Sunday 19th September. Trinity 16
9.30am Solemn Mass

Wed 21st September. Our Lady of Walsingham (transferred)
10am Mass

Sunday 26th SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels. Patronal festival
9.30am Solemn Mass

Wed 29th September. The Holy Guardian Angels
10am Mass