The Parish of the Immaculate Conception Rotherham

25th September 2016 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year 
  

Amos provides us with today’s first reading. He denounces the powerful elite who ruled Israel for their own benefit, and for whom honesty, integrity and compassion were unimportant. 

Amos, the prophet from the south who was unwelcome and told to go back to his own country by the guardians of the sanctuary (Amos 7.12) refused to be silenced and spoke out strongly and unhesitatingly against those who made great profit from their control of the economy – as todays reading makes clear. 

Amos foresees their downfall and the downfall of the whole of the country as a consequence of their behaviour. 

This passage certainly has echoes of our own time, which will register with many. The issue raised in the gospel by the parable is not a comparison of wealth against poverty but of the blatant lack of desire to engage with the realities before the rich man. 

He is aware of the plight of Lazarus but chooses to ignore his plight. We can have wealth or no wealth but wherever we are on the scale we still have a duty of care for those who are the most vulnerable. 

And while a person cannot do everything for someone else, we have a responsibility to do what we can. Ignorance or token gestures are no defence.

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