Sunday, 8 August 2010

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This morning Father Mervyn presided at the Parish Mass and preached. He recalled the story of how Blondin had walked a tight rope across the Niagara Falls several times, at first solo and then with a wheel barrow full of earth. When one of the bystanders said to him that he thought Blondin could do it all day, he emptied the wheel barrow and invited the man to get in instead. He declined. He did not have the faith he would need in Blondin. Father Mervyn pointed out how Abraham and Sara by faith had been prepared to set off to find the Promised Land and how they had faith that despite their ages, an heir would be given to them and how, when God asked for the sacrifice of their only son and heir they had been prepared to sacrifice him if that was what required.

The Israelites had put their faith in God when they left Egypt .They showed that faith when they came to the Red Sea believing that God would protect them when they crossed it and they found that the waters parted for them. He said we all have times when we need to put our faith in God and sometimes we may be called to set out ourselves on a journey without any idea where it might lead just as the Israelites had set out on a journey putting their faith in God. Jesus reminded us that he would come again and we must put our faith in all that he promised. What is God calling us to do or to undertake? We must have faith and then we will be prepared to demonstrate that faith and get into the wheel barrow.

Next Sunday we will celebrate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Parish Mass at 10.00 a.m. when again Father Mervyn will preside and preach

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