Newsletter – Twenty Sixth Sunday C—25th September 2022

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Our First Reading this week is taken from Amos 6:1,4-7: God will judge the complacency of the people and their leaders. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 146: Happy are those who find solace in God, the help of the poor. The Second Reading is 1 Timothy 6:11-16: Paul exhorts Timothy to stay faithful to God in all things. Our Gospel Reading this Sunday is from Luke 16:19-31: Jesus tells the parable of the reversal of fortunes between the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus.

A major theme in the Gospel of Luke is the importance of the care of the poor in the life of discipleship. In the parable found in today’s Gospel, Jesus contrasts the life of a rich man and the poor man, Lazarus, who lives in the shadow of the rich man and his wealth. Both die. Lazarus finds himself in heaven; the rich man in the netherworld. The rich man asks for assistance from Lazarus in his torment. But Abraham reminds the rich man of the good things he had in his life and describes the current situation as a reversal of fortunes. The rich man then asks that Lazarus be sent to warn his family, but this is denied with the reminder that Moses and the prophets have
warned of judgment for those who neglect the care of the poor.

In the context of Luke’s Gospel, this parable, delivered in the presence of a crowd of listeners, is part of Jesus’ response to some Pharisees. These Pharisees are described in Luke’s Gospel as “loving money.” Jesus observed that the actions of some Pharisees betrayed misplaced priorities: they spoke one way, but acted in another. The story of the rich man and Lazarus demonstrates the importance of the care of the poor and is a reminder to those who would follow Jesus of the unimportance of wealth in the eyes of God.

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10 Years in Forest Gate

This year marks the 10th year of the presence of the Brothers of St John at St Antony’s. Next Sunday October 2nd at 12 noon there will be a mass of Thanksgiving and a gathering for some
refreshments afterwards. I hope you can join us on that day.

Please bring some food and drinks to share.
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