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Mission Sunday - Sr Sarah Hogan
We have an interview this week with Sr Sarah who is a member of the congregation of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Josephites or Brown Joey's) which was founded by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. She tells us of her formation as a sister and how she then travelled onto Australia to work on the mission. She reflects on her mission and her work with the Aboreginals but also what it means for all baptised to be missionaries for Christ.
Gospel - Matthew 9:1-8
The theme of Mission Sunday 2011 is "Together in Faith" with the focus in the gospel on the friends of the paralytic who bring him to Jesus in faith for Jesus to cure him. Are we those friends for our families and neighbours? Are we those supporting friends for the young church's and the persecutecd church's around the world?
Timothy Radcliffe has made the observation that poverty and being poor is so different from one society to another, depending on the nature of family ties, the type of economy and the social supports available. He has observed that poverty is not just an economic condition, the lack of food and clothing and employment. For many what it means is a terrible life of just surviving from day to day, meal to meal; where every day is almost a violent struggle to exist, where there appears to be no hope for people and they have given up trying to overcome the boredom, the insecurity and the dependence. The scandal of poverty is that it rips apart what Christ has made one. It tears apart the human family. It alienates us from our sisters and brothers. Lazarus at the door of the rich man’s house is not merely excluded from sharing his food but from sitting at his table as his brother. When you pray the creed this week, can you truly pray for one holy, catholic and apostolic church if your brother and sister is in poverty and want?
Saints of the Week
October 24th - St Anthony Claret
October 25th - Blessed Thaddeus MacCarthy
October 26th - St Cuthbert of Canterbury
October 27th - St Otteran
October 28th - Ss Simon and Jude - Apostles
October 29th - St Colman