The Parish of the Immaculate Conception Rotherham

28th August 2016 
Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year 

  Jesus is often depicted sharing a meal with others. This time he is dining with the religious leaders and takes the opportunity to teach some important qualities of discipleship and holiness which can only be understood when we free ourselves from pride and learn to become more humble in our attitude. In this Gospel reading we learn that it is through God’s generosity that we are able to participate in his banquet. 

God’s invitation comes to us regardless of our station in life or any merit of our own. It is a purely gratuitous invitation. Such is the goodness of God. In the light of such generosity scrambling for a place of honour is ludicrous. 

The Gospel reading goes on to explain that the poor, the sick and the downtrodden are at the top of God’s invitation list and it must also be so on our list. 

The gift of salvation is free and our appreciation will be measured by our freedom to be generous towards others. 
  

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