St. Mungo’s Parish.
Townhead & Sighthill.
26th Sunday Ordinary Time year C
25 th Sept 2016
It is God's greatest rival: the religion of Mammon.
‘You cannot serve God and money,’ Jesus said (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13). This is because money has the capacity to touch the very depths of our soul. How can it do that? It has no poetry! There are no poems about money: I can't think of a single example. It could be that it only takes over souls that have no capacity for poetry. ‘If you want to see what God thinks of money,’ someone said, ‘look at the people he gives it to!’ In itself it is not an interesting subject. It is our need and our greed that lend it interest. It is, above all, a promise: that essential component of any religion.
Its promises, however, are always just for oneself (or one’s family: one’s larger self). Listen to the advertisers. The underlying creed is that life has nothing to offer but what can be purchased or won, and that there is nothing either good or bad beyond that. All others are either partners or competitors: people who can help or hinder you in your search for more of the same.
I am thinking, of course, of pure devotees. Many, as in every religion, are not true believers, or have mixed motives. There are wealthy people who have a real care for the half of the world that is malnourished. But there are others, like the rich man in the parable, who don’t even notice Lazarus at their door, and who are therefore able to step over him without malice, keeping their own self-esteem intact. And there are others again who notice Lazarus but keep their self-esteem by throwing him a few scraps.
The religion of Mammon is a destructive cult. It not only destroys the poor by enriching its devotees at their expense, but it destroys the devotees themselves. They are creating ‘a great chasm’ between themselves and the rest of humanity, so that “those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.”
Which characters does the story ask us to identify ourselves with? The rich man, Dives? In fact he is given no name in the gospels: ‘dives’ is just the Latin word for ‘a rich man’; the rich man has no identity except his wealth. No, we are not being asked to see ourselves as Dives. Lazarus, then? No, neither is it telling us to lie down at the rich man’s door like Lazarus. The parable is telling us that we are the rich man’s five brothers.
We have Moses and the prophets - and above all we have Jesus - to tell us to live by a different religion, a subversive religion that “casts down the mighty from their thrones and exalts the lowly, that fills the hungry with good things but sends the rich away empty.” We are not told whether the five brothers changed their lives around. Why? Because we are the five brothers, and the story isn’t over yet.
AGAP Film and Faith Club - St Mungo's Retreat House
Thursday 6th Oct. 2016, 19:00
At St Mungo's Retreat House, next to St Mungo's Church, 52 Parson Street, Townhead, Glasgow, G4 0RX. This month's film is "Risen" (2016, Cert. 12A). New members welcome. Totally free! Big screen and speakers. Tea/coffee and chat.
Glasgow Churches Together AGM - Glasgow City Chambers
Monday 10th Oct. 2016, 18:00
Discussion on Ecumenism for Parishioners, Eyre Hall
Monday 24th Oct 2016, 19:00
Parishioners with an interest in Ecumenism are invited to an evening discussion on Monday, 24 October 2016 at 7.00 pm in Eyre Hall, Archdiocese of Glasgow, 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G 1 4JY. This is an opportuity for people to share their experience of Ecumenism within their local area and to consider different ways of furthering Christian Witness. Tea/coffee will be available from 6.30 pm.
St Margaret's Children and Family Care Society are looking for adopters.
St Margaret's prides itself on being a specialised adoption service and encourages you to take a look at their most recent inspection report at www.careinspectorate.com
Have you ever considered adoption? Could you give a loving, stable home to a child who has suffered abuse or trauma? Do you have what it takes to be a "Therapeutic Parent?". If the answer to any of these questions is "yes" please visit St Margaret's website at www.stmargaretsadoption.org.uk for more information or call 0141 332 8371 and speak to the duty worker.
Change in personnel at St.Mungo’s.
Fr.Dermot Gallagher CP, Superior, Transferred to St.Paul’s Retreat, Mount Argus, Dublin,
Fr.John Craven CP, Parish Priest, Transferred to Holy Cross Retreat, Ardoyne, Belfast.
New Parish Priest & Superior, Fr. Frank Keevins CP, and assistant priest, Fr.Gareth Thomas CP.
The Changes will take place in the first week of October 2016
The parish of St Mungo is a parish of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, a Designated Religious Charity, Number.SC018140.
1st Collection - £ 826.77
2nd Collection (Ongoing--upkeep) £ 848.38
17th & 18th Sept. 2016.