Weekly Bulletin w/b 17th October. Twentieth Sunday after Trinity.

God, the giver of life, whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church: by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ and make us eager to do your will, that we may share with the whole creation the joys of eternal life; 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. Isaiah 53:4-12

The servant of the Lord takes on himself the sins of his people, and thus becomes a source of blessings for many.

2nd Reading. Hebrews 5: 1-10

We can approach Jesus with confidence because he knows our weaknesses and was like us in all things except sin.

Gospel. St Mark 10: 35-45

Jesus is the Suffering Servant who gave his life in the humble service of his people.

Reflection

The first reading is an excerpt from Isaiah’s fourth Servant Song. The Servant offers his life in atonement for the sins of his people. His death will be the beginning of glorification for him and be a source of blessings for others. By reflecting on passages such as this, the early Christians came to an understanding of the saving sufferings and death of Jesus.

In the Gospel we see how far the apostles are from this spirit of self-sacrifice. James and John want the top places in Jesus’ kingdom. Obviously they though that his kingdom would be modelled on worldly kingdoms, where those in high places enjoy honour, power and glory. But Jesus tells them that his disciples are not to imitate the Gentiles, whose rulers lord it over people. In his kingdom, service is what makes people great. He would set the example himself. He came ‘not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many’ (a reference to his saving death). Authority in his Church must wear the unmistakable livery of service (Flor McCarthy).

Calendar for October 2021

Sunday 17th. Trinity 20
9.30am Solemn Mass

Wednesday 20th. St Luke the Evangelist
10am Mass

Sunday 24th. Last after Trinity
9.30am Solemn Mass

Wednesday 27th. SS Simon and Jude, apostles
10am Mass.

Sunday 31st. ALL SAINTS
9.30am Solemn Mass

Wednesday 3rd November. ALL SOULS
10am Requiem Mass