“If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all”
Today’s Gospel has at its heart issues of power. It begins with Jesus speaking about his impending passion, death and resurrection, just as he did in last Sunday’s Gospel. The problem is that the disciples do not understand what he is saying. Last week, Peter remonstrated with Jesus and found himself rebuked. Today we are told plainly that they are too afraid to ask for an explanation. Instead of trying to get inside the meaning of Jesus’ words, the disciples argue about who is the greatest among them. They focus on themselves. Being around Jesus, witnessing his power and sharing in that authority themselves has turned their heads. They are followers of a miracle worker. Power flows from and through him. So how human it is for them to start discussing who is the closest to Jesus; who is most effective as a follower; who is most powerful. Prior to today’s scene, Peter, James and John had been with Jesus when he was transfigured. Could they have been suggesting that they were greater than the others for having been chosen to witness this? Hierarchy would have been important to people in the time of Jesus, just as it is today in many areas of our society. Jesus wants to make it clear that greatness or power of hierarchy are not to be a focus for his followers. These are things that can turn his disciples in on themselves and make them an exclusive group, something that he railed against with the Pharisees. Belonging to the group and finding rank within it is not what matters, but finding Jesus in the least likely places is what counts. Jesus takes a child, someone who is not respected because children had no status in the society of that day, someone who has no rights. Jesus says that true power comes in the ability to open one’s arms and receive a child as if he or she were Christ himself. In church circles, there can be temptation to think that we are important when we are involved in various ministries, or are given impressive titles. Closeness to Christ the source of power, and to his people, does not always mean that humility naturally follows. Listening to St James in today’s second reading, we would do well to be reminded that the disordered desires fighting in ourselves can often be the source of a desire for power and glory. Prayer is surely the antidote. Closeness to Christ through regular prayer will help us to be shaped according to his will and grow in the humility he so desires for all his followers. Prayer is our weapon of choice. Being without this weapon leaves us vulnerable, lost and prone to floundering around. True power comes when we allow ourselves to be filled by the Holy Spirit to be leaven in this world and a member of the body of Christ, clinging to him in prayer.
Fr. Joseph Kanatt (mcbs)
Children’s Liturgy As a group we gather in the MacKillop Room, listen to the gospel, sing the Alleluia and discuss what it all means for us as followers of Jesus in 2015. We usually respond to the word in a number of ways- using drama, mediation, song, drawing and creating in a meaningful way. We conclude with Prayers of the Faithful, often sharing our own prayers from the heart with each other. We often receive more spiritual wisdom from the children than that from a lot of adults!!
St Patrick’s Parish Beenleigh Sacrament Program Dates 2017
First Holy Communion
Parent Formation/Information 6.30pm Monday, 24th April
Rite of Enrolment Weekend of 6th and 7th May
Presentation of Lord’s Prayer Weekend of 20th and 21st May
Family Barbecue 6pm Thursday, 8th June
Family Session with Elizabeth, Carole 6.30-8pm Thursday, 8th June
Celebrating God’s Mercy 2nd Rite of Penance Tuesday 13th June
First Holy Communion Weekend of 17th and 18th June
Parish celebration cake? Weekend of 24th and 25th June?
School Holidays Activity Day Alive in the Spirit Friday, 30th June
Your Prayers Are Requested For
The Sick: Gary Battle, Graeme Becker, Carolyn Becker, Sofia Birch, Rosario Burgos, Billiie Fiscalini, Peter Fiscalini, Debbie Chambers, Priscilla Gabriel, Jeffrey Graver, Val Hintz, Mary Hall, Ben Hall, Mary Harrigan, Roy Hull, Brenda Humberstone, Arthur French, Dominga Kennedy, Peter Katsadores, Neil Kajewski, Mary Kolosowski, Steve Leibinger, Vicki Leibinger, Ruth Marshall, Jill Palmer, Carol Robertson, Paul Russell, Gavin Stewart, Rubeth Samuelsen, Jodie Taylor, Helen Topp, Kev Topp, Joe Topp, Peter Topp, Kallum Topp, Neil Wright, Googal Zillionoro Prayers are also requested for the following nursing home residents at Beenleigh, Pimpama, Bethania Gardens, Jimbelunga—Eagleby, Connolly Court, Palm Lake, Jeta Gardens and Woodbeck Village.
Announcements & Reminders
Catholics “Come Alive” Seminar 22,23 & 24th September 2017. St Patrick’s Church. To book contact Mary McGrath 0402 859 396
Catholic lay apostolate, Aneel Aranha will be speaking at the Church 7pm Thursday 14th September 2017.
28th July, in the School Hall. Tickets are now on sale at all Masses.
Our parish has implemented the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy. We are committed to high standards of recruitment, screening and selection of all of our employees and volunteers and undertake intentional strategies to maintain a safe and healthy ministry environment for all. If you are a volunteer reader, Eucharistic Minister etc. and have not received a Volunteer Data Form and the Code of Ethical Behaviour, please contact the parish office.
Young Adults meetings every Wednesday night (except the 2nd Wednesday of the month) in the Church from 7.30 – 8.45 (after 7pm Mass). Depending on the night, it may include prayer and praise, discussion, Scripture and Church teaching. If you’re in your late teens, twenties or thirties you will be very welcome!
St Patrick’s Parish Beenleigh Sacrament Program Dates 2017