Emperor’s or Christ’s vision?
Continuing our reading of Matthew 22 today, the Pharisees are not impressed with Jesus’ teachings and decide to ‘entrap’ him, quizzing him about paying taxes. It is a dangerous question they ask because a simple yes or no response from Jesus could mean he is reported to the authorities. Jesus has no time for this and is quite direct with them asking: ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?’
The response is brilliant: ‘Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ This text has sometimes been used to argue that religion should stay out of politics, economics or culture. However, the world we live in is one that falls short of the vision and values which Jesus preached: a dream of a world of love, peace, justice and compassion. Being a follower of Jesus means that one is actively involved in striving for this vision and this includes whatever political, economic or cultural issues we are confronted with. The focus in this passage is getting our priorities straight. Yes, give the emperor his taxes but do not forget what belongs to God i.e. God’s vision for this world.
The ‘empirical’ view and the ‘Christ-view’ of issues like direct provision, homelessness, evictions, the Black Lives Matter movement, climate action… are usually very different. The pharisees, we are told, ‘were amazed, left him and went away’.
COLLECTIONS Sunday 11th October weekly collection came to £1565.00 and the monthly stipend, for the support of our priests was £200. Thank you for your generosity. You can also donate via the Parish website. Click Donate on the Home Page.
FACE MASKS Should be worn (covering nose, mouth and chin) when inside our Churches. www.nidirect.gov.uk/face-coverings
COVID-19 NI EXECUTIVE RESTRICTIONS AND GUIDANCE You will be aware that the Northern Ireland Executive announced several interventions to curb the spread of Covid-19
The following changes will impact on church-based activity. These Measures come into effect on Friday 16th October and will remain in place for four weeks. Churches will remain open and liturgy may continue. It will now be mandatory for face covering to be worn when entering and exiting the Church.
Attendance at funerals is to be limited to 25 persons, with no pre- or post- funeral gatherings.
From Monday 19th October 2020, Attendance at Weddings is to be limited to 25 persons. Please note that parties to a marriage are not required to wear face coverings when entering and exiting the Church.
PRAYER INTENTIONS: We extend our sympathies to the families of those who died recently and those whose month’s mind and anniversary occur at this time.
Sat: Vigil 6.30pm: Marie & Jim Mc Greevy, Jimmy Armstrong, Rose Kennedy, Damian Wilson
Sun: 9.30am: Priest’s intention
12.30pm: Joe Mc Grattan
Mon: 10am:Priest’s intention
Tue: 10am: No Mass
Wed: 10am:Priest’s intention
Thurs:10am: Priest’s intention
Fri: 10am:Rose Mc Garrigle
Sat: 1pm: Priest’s intention
In the event of a funeral, the assigned intention will be offered privately by the priest at his first available mass.
RecentlyDeceased: Alice Boomer
Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: David Phelan, David Mc Cafferty, Margaret Keane,Kevin Gallagher, Maisie Phillips, Tom Grieve, Marie Standen, Rose Macklin, Nora Toal, Isobel Boyle, James Press, Maureen Keenan, Una Kane, Mary Moss, Martin & Mary Sergeant, Guf Mc Cotter.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER Through our prayers, we support missionaries everywhere in spreading the Good News. And by donating we respond to Christ’s call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.
SAFEGUARDING SUNDAY SUN 25TH OCTOBER. Evening Prayer at 7pm, led by Bishop Noel Treanor, from St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast. Join via webcam at www.churchservices.tv/stpeterscathedral
ANAM CARA BELFAST Monthly Parent Evening, for bereaved parents, on Wednesday 14th October at 7.20pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Free and open to all bereaved parents. (Meeting subject to change, in accordance with government guidelines).
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED ACN Ireland’s October Campaign “One million children praying the Rosary can change the world” We invite parishes, nurseries, schools, and families to participate in this initiative on 19th of October. To order materials, or for more information, – contact 0035318377516 or visit www.acnireland.org
MASS FOR THE DECEASED TEACHERS OF DOWN AND CONNOR Will be Streamed Live On Wednesday 4th November 2020 at 7.30pm from the Church of Mater Dei Cliftonville Road, Belfast Via: ‘Diocese of Down and Connor – YouTube’ channel at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCEHEomhU03Y91gGFQu2-JYA Please forward by Monday 2nd November 2020 the name of any teacher from the Diocese who has died during the past twelve months for inclusion in the Mass. TO: Fr Edward McGee Down and Connor Catholic Schools’ Support Service 120 Cliftonville Road Belfast BT14 6LA Tele: 028 9049 1886 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join one of our LIFE CHAINS in towns across Northern Ireland on Saturday 24th October @2pm.
(organised in accordance with government Covid 19 restrictions on outdoor gatherings).
For more information please contact Precious Life on 028 9027 8484 or email email@example.com
MAKE A DIFFERENCE (MAD) SUNDAY 25th October, encouraging people to make a conscious effort to do at least one simple thing to help another and, if you wish, share it on social media – #MADSunday.