The Parish of the Immaculate Conception Rotherham

  3rd July 2016 
Fourteenth Sunday of the Year 

 
 The first reading from Isaiah is unreservedly optimistic, it is an image of flourishing, of joy and fulfilment, and that vision is one which can be shared by those who have faith. 

The words and promise from Isaiah match the commissioning and sending out of the seventy two in today’s gospel who ‘come back rejoicing’. 

Luke is very clear in insisting that the seventy two are sent out by the Lord, that it is his commissioning, and it is his authority that they have – they are to rely on nothing of their own, hence the reference to no purse, no haversack, no sandals. 

This is always the reality for mission: it is the Lord who sends out, it is he who provides, it is he who brings about the result. Sometimes when it comes to living by our faith, perhaps the energy and aims we have in our mission is not God’s work but instead is based on the maintenance of a structure within our comfort zone or on what is convenient. 

The Kingdom is radically different to that. Writing to the Galatians Paul is quite clear that human ordering is not the way forward, for it is the Lord’s mission that matters. 

Thinking about our own lives and our local church we need to be willing to spend time in prayer, not with our own agenda and be willing to say speak Lord your servant is listening, and then be willing to listen.   


Dear Mother of Perpetual Succour,   

throughout your life you were open to God's Holy spirit: faithful in prayer, willing in obedience and generous in love. Pray for us, that we may be open to God's word and filled with the Holy Spirit. You were faithful in prayer; pray that we too may follow Christ your son with the same spirit of prayer, with a willing heart, and in love for him, who first loved us.


THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (St Mary's) 01709 363753 info@tpicr.co.uk Clergy Fr Desmond Sexton Fr Leonard May Address The Presbytery 238 Herringthope Valley Road Rotherham S65 3BA Groups S.V.P., Lourdes Support Group, UCM, Stay & Play Schools St Mary's Primary Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BE St Bernard's Comprehensive Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BETHE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (St Mary's) 01709 363753 info@tpicr.co.uk Clergy Fr Desmond Sexton Fr Leonard May Address The Presbytery 238 Herringthope Valley Road Rotherham S65 3BA Groups S.V.P., Lourdes Support Group, UCM, Stay & Play Schools St Mary's Primary Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BE St Bernard's Comprehensive Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BE