Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) 11 August 2019

Fr Frank writes:


My dear friends,


Today’s Gospel comprises parables featuring servant and master. The servants in the parables spend their waiting time differently. Some use it wisely and are ready for the master’s return, others use it badly forgetting that they will be accountable to their master. We are the servants, Jesus is the master. Twice in these parables Jesus warns us that he “will come on a day….at an hour” we do not expect.


Now this coming of Jesus refers to two distinct ‘comings’. First of all, his coming at the end of time and, secondly, is coming when we die.


The timing of both of these comings is unknown to us. We do not know when the end of this world will be, nor do we know when we are to die.


The message is clear. We need to be ready now. Not next week, next month or at some unspecified time in the future. We need to live our lives now as if Jesus’s return is imminent. Only in this way can we be ready to greet him.


On 15th August we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. This is an important day in the Church’s calendar, in fact it is designated a Holy Day of Obligation. As with any other Holy Day all Catholics are expected to be at Mass that day. If you are on holiday, please find out the times of Masses in a church local to you so that you can fulfil your obligation to be at Mass.


May our good and kindly God bless you now and always.


Frank ofs


Sunday Smile:

A girl arrives home from school clutching her new GCSE Grades.

Anxious parents: “How did you get on?”

Girl: “I got four happy face emojis and three sad face emojis.”