Wednesday 16 September 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon Barney’s Free Coffee
Friday 18 September 9.30 a.m. Craft group meets in St Michael’s Room
Saturday 19 September 10.00 a.m. Parish Council Meeting
Sunday 20 September 8.30 a.m. Eucharist followed by morning tea
Tuesday 22 September 10.00 a.m. Bible Study
OT: Exodus Ch. 16 v. 2-15
Psalm: 105 v. 1-6, 37-45
NT: Philippians Ch. 1
Gospel: Matthew Ch. 20 v. 1-16
20 September, 2020
“Envy is the ulcer of the soul.” – Socrates
Some weeks ago we spoke about distributive justice, everyone having enough. In today’s Gospel the workers who put in a full day wanted more than enough pay, more than agreed upon. Why do any of us want so much? Most folks in first world countries accumulate and hoard much more stuff than we need, and so much of it sits unused. We see others with many possessions and they seem happy. So in imitation we amass goods, and we are still not happy. Perhaps we are not envious of our neighbor’s money and expensive toys, but of their supposed happiness. Either way it is looking in the wrong place. Envy is a cancer, an ulcer and will eat us up. It is like we have an evil sick eye that is myopic and can’t see a larger telescopic view. Envy makes it hard for us to appreciate the blessings of God that we already have. The bottom line message of this parable is that God is generous to all of us, differently to each. Let us not lose sight of our unique blessings because we are enviously counting the blessings of others.
Often it is difficult to pray alone at home,so why not try http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/ this links you with praying Christians around the world, of many traditions- offering scripture, silence, beautiful music, reflection time, space for contemplation and intercession.
May the people of this Parish be never ceasing in prayer, so that we may all be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Help us to lead lives worthy of God, fully pleasing to him while bearing fruit in every good work.
May we all be made strong in the power of God, who rescues us from the powers of darkness and transfers us to the Kingdom of his Son in whom we have forgiveness of sins,