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This Sunday we celebrate
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
A wee reminder: Masses next week are on Saturday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 10.00am. Booking is still necessary and bookings should be made by Thursday 30yth September 2021. Booking requests to .
Mass Readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(26 September 2021)
Numbers 11:25-29 - If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets!.
James 5:1-6 - The Lord hears the cries of those you have cheated.
Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 - Do not stop anyone from working a miracle in my name.
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A Reflection on today's Readings from Father Tony
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Press cartoons often capture the underlying truth of a situation in greater depth than the TV reporters or the written word.
In 1990, in a war-torn Belfast, a cartoonist depicted an image of a Catholic priest, a Protestant minister and a Jewish rabbi; they were engaged in a heated
theological discussion on peace. An angel appeared in their midst and said to them, “God sends you His blessings. Make one wish for peace and your
wish will be fulfilled by the Almighty.” The Protestant minister said, “Let every Catholic disappear from our lovely island, then peace will
reign supreme.” The priest said, “Let there not be a single Protestant left on our sacred Irish soil. That will bring peace to this island.”
“And what about you, Rabbi?” said the angel. “Do you have no wish of your own?” “No,” said the rabbi.
“Just attend to the wishes of these two gentlemen and I shall be well pleased.”
Today’s Scripture readings give us a strong warning against this jealousy, intolerance, hatred and scandal.
In the first reading, we find jealousy in its destructive form of envy. It raises its ugly head in Moses’ assistant and successor, Joshua, an army general whose image is mounted among the great generals of history in the US hall of fame at their military training college West Point.
In the Gospel we hear the strong warning of Jesus against giving scandal, especially to innocent children, the most vulnerable members of the community and novices in the Faith. Over the past 30 years Church and State shone a light on the damage perpetrated upon young children by leaders of religious groups, sports groups, schools, etc. Young lives have been ruined because we prevented these children coming to Jesus.
If we are intolerant, jealous and full of envy, our children will grow into adults filled with intolerance, envy and jealousy. Jesus warned the Apostles, and us, about preventing the child from coming to him. We prevent them, not with physical barriers but much more seriously and subtlety, by filling their hearts, in imitation of us with envy, greed, intolerance and jealousy. God places a big trust in us when he invites us to take responsibility for the well-being, development and happiness of the young. Our attitudes and values are what matters in carrying out this mission. The child will mimic us. How do I treat others.? These values are passed on not by lectures and sermons but by our relationships with all whom we meet. Witness is much stronger than discipline or theory.
Christian life is not served by rejection of other denominations or other ways of discipleship. The case for Christianity is not reinforced by those who claim that no good can happen beyond the boundaries of a particular faith. We can all take pride in the community to which we belong without denigrating the good work of those “who are not one of us”.
Jesus calls on each of us to be tolerant. Christian tolerance is not weakness or a lazy acceptance of the flavour of the month but it is doing the next right thing.
The first reading and the first part of the gospel touch on the gift of prophecy – being prophetic is not about foretelling the future, but speaking God’s word here and now, especially a word that challenges and calls to repentance. God’s Church is called to be prophetic rather than popular.
The Synod next month may test tolerance. Anyone hungry for a heated discussion need only raise the topic of the criteria for ministry
in the church today. The gospel and first reading focus on this. Before they know it, people will find themselves deluged with such
complicated issues as lay ministry, women’s ordination, celibate priesthood, homosexual candidates, to name but a few. Such issues can
hardly be resolved in a short reflection. But neither can they be ignored when the readings for the day actually raise the question of suitability for ministry.
The readings force the question: Who is the right kind of priest? In a discussion I once heard, a priest in this diocese referred to a particular
priest as “the right kind of priest”. Perhaps a better question would be: What is the right kind of priest. What are the
criteria for a Vocation?
And a Reflection on today's Gospel from Brother Michael Moore, OMI
Welcoming and accepting others
The gospel today begins with the disciples of Jesus giving out and complaining. They say to him;
"Teacher, we saw someone healing in your in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." They don’t
want to recognise the good that this person was doing, and they even want Jesus to approve of their actions and to accept them.
The disciples are clearly threatened by this person’s success. They seem to be jealous and perhaps even insecure that someone
who is not part their group is doing what they are meant to do and may be better at it than they are! But Jesus will not collude
with their closed hearts and narrow minds. He plainly states his disapproval of their exclusive mentality and intolerance.
He invites his followers to a much larger vision of God’s Kingdom when tells them; "Anyone who is not against is for us."
Following Jesus is not private personal privilege that is to be carefully protected. We do not have a monopoly on Jesus. Rivalry,
power-seeking and jealousy have no place in the teaching of Jesus, the message of the gospel or what is to be a Christian.
Acceptance of others and appreciation of their gifts, talents and achievements are essential. The challenge today for all of
us from Jesus is to embrace difference, variety and diversity. Religious intolerance has been the cause of terrible suffering
and discrimination for centuries and is still sadly present in our world and society today. We are called to do all we can to
eliminate intolerance of all sorts, whether this is political, religious, racial or cultural.
It is all too easy for each of us to dismiss, disrespect and ignore others because they are different than we are. We can all take
the religious and moral high ground to justify our actions. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for their behaviour. They felt that they
were better than others and frequently judged and dismissed others for being sinners and not being as religious as they were. They
said and believed one thing and then did the very opposite; they were hypocrites.
The message and warning that Jesus gives his disciples is also meant for each of us today. As his followers today, we too are called
and challenged to be welcoming and accepting of those who are different than we are. We are asked to embrace and promote difference
and diversity. We will not be able to share and proclaim message of the gospel by rejecting others because they pray or worship in ways
that are different than ours. We will never be able to promote God’s Kingdom if we dismiss those whose faith and religion are different than ours.
"You must speak the truth to one another, since we are all parts of one another…let your words be for the improvement of others…
never hold grudges against others or call each other names. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as God
forgives you in Christ." (Ephesian 4.25,29-32)
Who are those that I reject because they are different than I am? Can I rejoice when others succeed when I am unable to?
As Jesus says to each of us today, "Anyone who is not against us is for us."
This weekend we welcome to God’s Family Mylo Joseph McGuinness who was baptised on Saturday. Congratulations to Mark and Kathleen McGuinness (McGuire) on the birth of their second child, a brother for Darcie Grace. May he bring you much joy and happiness in the years ahead.
Sacramental Programme 2021/2022
The Sacramental Programme will resume at St John Ogilvie's in November this year and is primarily for children who attend a non-Catholic school.
There are three separate classes in the Programmes for 2021/22: -
- - Reconciliation – Primary 3 and above;
- - First Holy Communion – Primary 4 and above; and
- - Confirmation – Primary 7 and above.
If you wish your child to be enrolled for any of the classes then please send an email to Fr Tony Quinlan at by 15th October 2021.
Please include the following information: -
- - Child’s name, date of birth, school and class; and
- - Parent/Guardian’s names, address and contact telephone number.