Amos 8:4-7 Psalm 112
I Timothy 2:1-8 Luke 16:1-13
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This morning I made a Visit to the Diocese of Velletri of which I had been titular Cardinal for a number of years. It was a friendly meeting that allowed me to relive moments of the past, rich with spiritual and pastoral experiences.
During the solemn Eucharistic celebration, by commenting on the liturgical texts, I was able to pause and reflect on the correct use of earthly goods, a theme the Evangelist Luke re-proposes for our attention this Sunday in various ways.
Telling the Parable of the dishonest but very crafty administrator, Christ teaches his disciples the best way to use money and material riches, that is, to share them with the poor, thus acquiring their friendship, with a view to the Kingdom of Heaven. “Make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon,” Jesus says, “so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations” (Lk 16: 9).
Money is not “dishonest” in itself, but more than anything else it can close man in a blind egocentrism. It therefore concerns a type of work of “conversion” of economic goods: instead of using them only for self-interest, it is also necessary to think of the needs of the poor, imitating Christ himself, who, as St Paul wrote: “though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (II Cor 8: 9).
It seems paradoxical: Christ has not enriched us with his richness but with his poverty, with his love that brought him to give himself totally to us.
Here one could open up a vast and complex field of reflection on the theme of poverty and riches, also on a world scale, in which two logics of economics oppose each other: the logic of profit and that of the equal distribution of goods, which do not contradict each other if their relationship is well ordered.
Catholic social doctrine has always supported that equitable distribution of goods is a priority.
Naturally, profit is legitimate and, in just measure, necessary for economic development.
In his Encyclical Centesimus Annus, John Paul II wrote: “The modern business economy has positive aspects. Its basis is human freedom exercised in many other fields” (n. 32). Yet, he adds that capitalism must not be considered as the only valid model of economic organization (cf. ibid., n. 35).
Starvation and ecological emergencies stand to denounce, with increasing evidence, that the logic of profit, if it prevails, increases the disproportion between rich and poor and leads to a ruinous exploitation of the planet.
Instead, when the logic of sharing and solidarity prevails, it is possible to correct the course and direct it towards an equitable, sustainable development.
May Mary Most Holy, who in the Magnificat proclaimed: the Lord “has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away” (Lk 1: 53), help Christians to use earthly goods with Gospel wisdom, that is, with generous solidarity, and inspire politicians and economists with farsighted strategies that favour the authentic progress of all peoples.
Pope Benedict XVI
Preached Sunday 23rd September 2007
AN EVENING WITH CHRIS PATTEN
The Tablet is holding an evening of discussion and insight with Chris Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, on Monday 23rd September at 6.30pm. A talk by Lord Patten will be followed by Q&A, drinks and canapés, and book sales and signings. Tickets for Tablet subscribers are £25 each and £35 for those who do not possess a Tablet subscription. Tickets may be purchased either through the Tablet website or telephoning the Tablet switchboard on 020 8748 8484.
CONCERT FOR VICTIMS OF SLAVERY
On Wednesday 25th September at 6.00pm, St Mary’s Church, Cadogan Street will be hosting a classical concert in aid of Caritas Bakhita House and Saint John of God Hospitaller services. It is estimated that there are more than 14,000 victims of human traifficking and modern-day slavery in the UK today and the money raised from this concert will go to help the work of those assisting victims. Tickets are £32.03 (includes £2.03 booking fee) and can be purchased via Eventbrite.
ART AND THE BODY OF CHRIST
On Thursday 31st October at 7pm, Maria Cristina White-da Cruz will give an illustrated lecture on the meaning, form, and function of the Eucharist in relation to Early Church writings and its representation in art. The lecture explores the ultimate purpose of the Eucharist to nourish God’s people, the mystical Body of Christ. Tickets are £10 at the door or via Eventbrite.
Are you an adult who is thinking about joining the Catholic Church or who has not yet been confirmed?
Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin in October preparing for baptism, receptions into the Church and confirmations at Easter next year. For more information contact Fr Chris Pedley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Parish Administrator.
We are in need of catechists to help on Sunday mornings with Children’s Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion & Teenage Confirmation preparation. No special qualification is required. Please contact Fr Chris Pedley SJ (email@example.com) or Leninha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Preparation start date: 6th October 2019
Celebration: 14th June 2020
If you would like your child to take part in this preparation, please contact us to request an Application Form or collect one from reception at 114 Mount Street.
Forms must be returned by:
30th September 2019.
If you regularly attend the 17.30 Sunday Mass and sing or play a musical instrument, you would be most welcome to join the 530 Music Group which accompanies these Masses on 2nd & 4th Sundays. We gather for a music practice at 16.45 on these Sundays. If interested, please contact Neil Cocking – 07850 790747.
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NEW: ‘FROM SCRATCH’ SERIES
SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH – THE OLD TESTAMENT
Facilitated by Brian Purfield
4 Tuesdays, 1st – 22nd October, 11am-1pm
Or 4 Wednesdays, 2nd – 23rd October, 7-8.30pm
Always wanted to know more about scripture, but didn’t know where to start? This course explores how the Old Testament took shape and the kinds of literature it contains. We will also consider the role of Scripture in the life of the Church.
GOD AND EXPERIENCE: INTRODUCING PRACTICAL THEOLOGY
Facilitated by Michael Smith SJ
Saturday 5th October 11am-4pm
This day will examine where theology does not seem to fit in with our understanding of the world, and look at several examples, including how liberation theology has led to a change in the way we view and participate in God’s saving action.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 12th October 11am-4pm
These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.
There is no need to book for these days, just come along.
NEW SPECIAL SERIES: GOOD BOOKS AT the LONDON JESUIT CENTRE
TOM HOLLAND “DOMINION: THE MAKING OF THE WESTERN MIND”
Wednesday 16th October, 7pm
If you enjoy a good book, you will enjoy hearing recently published authors speaking about their work in discussion with experts in the field and the audience. Join us for a convivial evening of conversation and the occasional controversy!
Booking required on EventBrite
THE ART OF LIVING
Facilitated by Nick Austin SJ
Series of 2 Saturdays, October 19th & October 26th , 11am-4pm
Drawing on the Christian tradition, philosophy and literature the workshop will explore topics such as Happiness, Character, Wisdom, Sin, Justice and Love. It is suitable for anyone interested in theological, philosophical and ethical questions about how to live, and their relevance in our lives.
THE HELPLESSNESS OF GOD – BIBLICAL MODELS OF LEADERSHIP
Facilitated by Nicholas King SJ
Saturday 2nd November 11am-4pm
At a time, when Pope Francis is demonstrating a very new way of doing leadership in the Catholic Church, this day will reflect upon the role of discernment in good leadership, drawing on key Scripture texts, and the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola.
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2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm
• Contemplatives in Action *
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm
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