Liturgy

GOOD NEWS for 25th Sunday in 'Ordinary Time'

"You cannot be slaves both of God and of money."(Luke 16:1-13)

The reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, and is reprinted here with his kind permission. Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.

Jesus' story about the thieving steward has always troubled respectable Christians. How could Jesus praise a crook who wastes his boss's money and then falsifies his customers' accounts to save his skin afterwards? Surely, they say, no one could possibly hold up someone like that as an example, especially not an authoritative teacher like Jesus.liturgy-160916.jpg

I doubt whether Jesus would have worried too much about that reaction to his story. In fact, he might have said that the critics' attitude was what his little story was trying to deal with. After all, in his teaching Jesus included all kinds of scoundrels. But his hearers did not complain about those. They began to disapprove only when his story spoke frivolously about thieving. They thought property was too serious to tell humorous stories about, and particularly a story that commended a clever thief. It might encourage other workers to rip off their bosses…

…In his teaching, though, Jesus saw money and property as an important part of human life. In our attitude to them we reveal what matters most to us. To some people wealth matters more than anything else; they spend their whole lives pursuing it.

Jesus saw wealth as a gift that we should use to pursue what really mattered most: to deepen our relationship to God and to build a good human community. That required that we be free in the way we handle money. And of course we can be free only if we trust deeply that God will care for us whatever happens to us. Our trust will give us the energy to pursue what matters as whole heartedly as the crooked bursar acted to protect his own future.

Jesus story speaks as powerfully to our world as it did to his own. In our world the economy is often made into a God. People speak of it in hushed tones and pursed lips as if our salvation depends on us serving its demands faithfully. But the economy describes only one aspect of our human life. Its importance comes from the contribution it can make to what really matters: the good of the whole community and especially the most vulnerable. We should be as committed to that as greedy people are to piling up money.

At Jesuit Social Services we see both the importance of money and the harm caused when society makes it the most important thing. The vulnerable young people we serve have suffered because they were brought up in poverty and have lacked the education and social connections to find employment. Their access to these things has been limited because wealth is so unevenly distributed in society, and the needs of the vulnerable are so often neglected in order to protect the wealth of the very wealthy.

It is not money that matters most but the quality of human life that it can help build.

© Andrew Hamilton SJ

SACRAMENT PROGRAMliturgy.jpg

The College Sacrament Program, aligned with Archdiocesan policy, is 'Family-focused, Parish-based and Catholic School supported'.

Families of children in Years 3, 4 and 6 are preparing to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own 'home' parish.

The knowledge component is also covered in the Religion Curriculum of those classes.

Local Parishes

Some parishes, located near the College, have supplied calendar details for their Sacrament Programs. This information can be accessed via the link to the College website.

Further Information?

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Why not take the opportunity of the warmer, brighter spring Friday mornings, to arrive a little earlier in time for weekly Community Mass, commencing at 8:00am? Next Friday's Mass, the last for this term, will be prepared by Year 11 students. If you have not previously attended Mass, you will find it 'user-friendly' (responses on PowerPoint) and joyous - with singing led by our own Chapel Choir and Primary Singers. For those able to stay, the celebration continues after Mass with coffee in the Café.

If you have any queries about Community Mass please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: Lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au or 9383 0513.

When: Fridays in Term Time
Time: 8:00-8:30am
Where: College Chapel