Letter from the Vicar and Notices

Letter

My dear brothers and sisters,
Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.
The request of the two brothers can be understood to be about power and control, about who is the top dog. It speaks of the allure of power, of being close to those who hold power. We can look at James and John and feel a bit embarrassed by their behaviour. These words can also make us look at times that we have courted power and influence by association, about the times we have tried to lord it over others, about our own need to be seen as important and more worthy than others. The embarrassment we feel for the brothers is our own.
Another way of looking at their request is to understand the situation they were in. Jesus has spoken of his coming suffering and death. We know this causes confusion for his followers.
It also brings a sense of fear. All of a sudden, the life they had begun as disciples is looking less secure. Being a disciple has become a far riskier venture. Fear can make us cling to what we know, to what makes us comfortable. A fear for us can be the ongoing survival of the Church. When we work in survival mode, we can begin to make decisions that we feel are securing our future, but in reality, they are taking us away from the way of the Gospel.
Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and
whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Jesus calls us to serve, to give up our lives for those around us. When we serve we are in some way recognising what Jesus did for us. He gave his life for us to be free, free to continue his work throughout all creation. It is in the way that we serve each other and those around us that people will know that we are followers of Jesus Christ. They will know by our sacrificial love and service. They will know it is because we serve the one who gave everything to save everyone. The one who gave his life as a ransom for many.
Peace be with you all.
Father Chris

Parish Notices

  • Oxford Tce Closure: The short section of Oxford Tce from Durham St to access our carpark area will be closed on Thursday. The Tuam St back entrance and pedestrian access will remain available.
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
    Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Vestry meets on Thursday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • S. Michael’s 2019 Calendar: orders now being taken. Details Rachel Watson.
  • Vicarage fundraising October update is available at the back of the church.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 29 October, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Angelology Group will begin 1 November, 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
  • A Handful of Change—Journeying through Advent: Craufurd Murray.
    Copies available from Fr Craufurd, the parish office or Ecclesia Books for $10.D
  • Double knitting or 4 ply wool, any colour, needed to make hats etc for
    distribution through Walsh House. Please place in box at the back of the church.
  • Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.