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20 July 2014: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weed in the wheatfieldLet them grow together until the harvest

While we must speak out for the truth, we may well be tempted to emphasise our faithfulness by our impatience and intolerance towards those who do not journey with us. The parable of Jesus warns us that this is not God’s way. The reading from the book of Wisdom shows us that, as the Old Testament was drawing to a close, devout thinkers in old Israel were recognising that the virtuous person must be kindly to others, learning from the mysterious patience of God.

Only the Lord of the harvest – whose grace is at work in a hidden way in every human heart – can sort out the good from the bad when all is gathered in at the end. We who are blessed with the gift of faith must prepare for the final harvest by becoming an exemplary crop ourselves. There is a lesson here, also, for those who belong to the new movements emerging in the today’s Church. They must avoid a sectarian spirit that would see their way as the only way. There is room in God’s Church for many spiritualities and traditions. True 'catholicity' shows an openness to this.

From a homily by John Thornhill sm

Two Feast days in a row

A warm welcome to Fr Nguyen Viet Huy sj who had a safe journey back from the Holy Land! We sincerely look forward to celebrating these forthcoming Feast Days together!:

  • Sunday 27 July 2014: Feast of St James
  • Sunday 03 August 2014: Feast of St Ignatius, including the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Society of Jesus, and the blessing of the church's restored slate roof

See our Calendar for further details.