God’s Infinite Mercy
The lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son show us the infinite mercy of God towards sinners.
It is always such a relief when we are forgiven after messing something up. The relief that our error will not be help against us. Those times, as a child, when we were caught out in a lie, or caught being naughty and were disciplined but then the hugs and kisses of forgiveness made things better. The beautiful image of God in the three Gospel stories should give us great hope that no matter what we do we will be forgiven.
What I love in all these stories is that it is the Shepherd, the Woman and the Father who actively seek out and look for the lost sheep, coin and son. As we are assured of God’s mercy and forgiveness, what about those people in our lives that we need to show mercy and forgiveness to? Do we reach out and forgive or do we punish, with a hard heart those who have wronged us. Have we kept up resentments for years and not reached out in reconciliation? As Christians we are obliged to try to follow the example of Jesus Christ and to forgive those who sin against us.
A busman’s holiday
From 20th September to 5th October I secured a cheap holiday by going on a Cruise as a Chaplain to the Crew and Guests with a priest friend of mine. This means I will have to hit the ground running on Saturday 5th as the pets blessing is at 3.00pm. Remember that you do not have to groom your pet, just bring them along, and make sure they are secure .
October: Month of the Rosary
As well as the two weekly Rosary sessions, Thursdays after morning Mass and Friday evening at 6.30pm, we are planning to delve deeper and meditate on the Rosary. There will be Rosary meditation each Wednesday in October in St. Teresa’s Church from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. We will also have Afternoon Tea in St. Teresa’s Parish Hall on Fridays at 3.00pm where we will pray the Rosary and spend some time meditating of the mysteries. At both times we will be using Ruth Rees book; The Rosary in Space and Time. Ruth was a Jewess who converted to Catholicism in her twenties. She spent the last part of her life in ‘The Mead’ in Borehamwood. Her book has great insights and her scholarship is excellent, especially her Jewish insights. We only discovered that had written the book after her death. We hope that this honours her memory.