Liturgy

'GOOD NEWS' for 26th Sunday in 'Ordinary Time'

"During your life good things came your way just as bad  things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted while you are in agony."(Luke 16:19-31)

The reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is part of a homily by Rev. Prof. Michael Tate. Fr Michael Tate is currently a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.

In this superb little gospel story Jesus makes it clear that there is one earthly life in the one body and at the moment of death we will have determined our destiny - either a hellish or a heavenly state of existence forever.liturgy-230916.png

Recall this Gospel story. The rich man (traditionally called 'Dives') is totally self-absorbed in the self-indulgence his wealth could afford and therefore he neglected to even notice poor Lazarus at his gate. He is indifferent to the fate of the poor.

He created a chasm, a huge gap, between himself and the poor, so wide, so absolute, that not even a scrap of food which fell from his table, not one crumb of companionship, could cross over to Lazarus. And this chasm, created by Dives, was fixed at the moment of his death so that not one part of the life of Paradise could cross over to him - not even a drop of water.

Lazarus had not been noticed by the rich man but Lazarus had attracted the loving gaze of God who ensured that, at his death, he was carried gently by the angels into Paradise - what a beautiful image. Dives is so shocked at this great reversal that he pleads that his brothers be informed of his fate.

Abraham replies that, even if one returned from the dead, the brothers, quarantined in their comfort zone, would not believe what is revealed in this story. What is revealed is that there will be a great reversal of the inequity and callousness and sheer indifference which, over the centuries, has kept billions like Lazarus starving and covered with sores, and with only the street dogs for companions. Abraham said the five brothers would not believe such a revelation, even if someone returned from the dead to tell them, and Abraham has been proved right over the last two thousand years.

One did return from the dead - Jesus Christ. In his earthly phase of life, His eyes constantly alighted on the many of his day who shared the plight of Lazarus, and his loving gaze healed them of their sores and fed their starvation - their pangs of hunger for food and human companionship.

This way of life was vindicated by His Resurrection and yet the world, and sometimes we, have not taken the message of this story to heart.

If extreme self-centredness persists at the moment of death, there is no crossing the divide created by the selfish self. Hell is not a punishment sent by God. It is simply the continuation of the Divide which some have chosen as the way which defines who they are. Hell can be of our own making. [Let us be guided to] make observant and just choices concerning Lazarus at our gate, locally, nationally, overseas.

© Michael Tate

save-the-date.jpg  FEAST OF POPE SAINT JOHN XXIII

At his canonization in 2014, the Feast Day of Pope Saint John XXIII was proclaimed as 11 October - the date of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. This year the feast falls during term time and the College will celebrate with a lunchtime Mass. Students, staff and parents are warmly invited - we 11-oct.jpgdon't always have the opportunity as the date sometimes falls during school holidays. Why not stay and have a coffee in the Circle of Friends Café, prior to afternoon pick-up?

When: Tuesday 11 October
Time: 12:50pm - 1:25pm
Where: College Chapel

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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

Community Mass resumes on Friday 14 October (the first Friday of Term 4) and will be prepared by Year 10 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