19th October - 29th Sunday (A)
This Sunday's Mass Readings
Canon Luke’s Induction
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Canon Luke writes...
Today’s readings could be summed up in the line from the Responsorial Psalm: ‘Give the Lord the glory of his name’; not in the sense that he needs anything from us, rather that we render thanks / give back to God what he has given us.
Earthly Kingdoms rise and fall - only God’s rule is universal and eternal; the prophet Isaiah reminds us that all is within His realm whether or not worldly leaders recognise it: ‘I have called you . . . though you did not know me’.
The Pharisees try to trick our Lord; if he advocates paying the Roman taxes they can accuse him of denying the supremacy of God and if he exhorts them not to pay they can report him to the civil authorities. Our Lord thwarts their tactics by simply stating our duties towards God and towards civil authorities. We should render to Caesar (those in temporal authority) a respect for the common good, and obedience to law (so long as it is not in conflict God’s law); but to God we owe everything. Although the coin bears Caesar’s image, let us remember that each of us bears the image and likeness of God; we owe Him our very selves, heart, mind, soul, and strength.
No earthly power, including ourselves should usurp the place of God; rather let us pray that we, and our leaders, come to truly know God, do His will and come to rejoice that we belong wholly to Him. Perhaps the famous prayer of St Ignatius of Loyola will help us keep this in mind:
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will all I have and call my own.
You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.
"...JESUS CHRIST, THE BEGINNING AND THE END...
ALL TIME BELONGS TO HIM... AND ALL THE AGES..."
These words on the doors of the Church porch express perfectly the purpose of our parish. We are
a community centred round the Lord Jesus.
Saint Francis' Parish in the heart of Maidstone was founded in 1859 and since then has been the heart of the Catholic community in the Maidstone area. From it was founded the parishes of Saint Thomas More, West Malling; Holy Family, Park Wood; and Saint Peter's Bearsted. In addition to the mother church there are Mass Centres at St Luke's, Preston Hall, and at St Mary's Anglican Church at Nettlestead.
Today the faith which inspired its foundation almost 150 years ago continues to find its expression in a lively community bringing together people of many races all united by their love of God. It is this love which calls us all to work together to build up our community and to care for all in need.
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Canon Luke - Parish Priest
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