Reflection: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

 Mass is conducted in a mix of Cantonese and Mandarin

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

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[1st Reading – Wis.18:6-9; Ps.32; 2nd Reading – Heb.11:1-2,8-19; Gospel – Lk.12:32-48]

The gospel starts with an assurance from Jesus to his disciples that they do not need to be afraid, for it has pleased the Father to give them the kingdom.  Jesus used words which conveyed affection:  calling them ‘little flock’, telling them that God is their Father …  But Jesus continues that for the Father to do so, they too have to show that they merit the kingdom.  They are to sell their possessions and give alms.  They are to get treasures in heaven that will not fail them.

Jesus could just as well be speaking to a Scout Group consisting of both Cubs and Scouts.  He uses tender words for the Cubs and encouraging words for the Scouts.  At the same time he is telling them to BE PREPARED (The Scout Motto).  They have to be prepared while they wait for their master returning from a wedding feast…  They are to be prepared to hear his knock and to open the door for him …  They are to be prepared to serve him …  If they do so (like good Scouts), then the Master himself will put the apron on and he himself will serve them … (just like Scout Leaders who teach by giving the good example).

A Good Scout is one who is given responsibility and is ready to live according to this responsibility’s expectations.  If he is not ready to live according to these expectations, then he is not a Good Scout and therefore does not merit wearing the Scout Uniform, or according to Jesus’ teaching, he is not worthy to receive the kingdom that the Father wants to give!  Are we Good Scouts?

“Lord, when one becomes a Scout, he/she makes a promise to do his best to do his duty to God, to the Queen and to the country and live according to the Scout Laws.  Help us to do our duty to God and keep his laws so we will be Prepared.  Thank you Lord!”

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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