The Cayman Islands are within the ancient Episcopal Jurisdiction
of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757 : Fax (345) 949 0619
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Amos 5: 6-7, 10-15 Hebrews 4: 12-end S. Mark 10: 17-31
Today: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
12.30 pm Midday Prayers; Wed 5.30 pm Church Council Meeting; Sat 7
a.m. Garage sale at church;
Sat 10 a.m. Prison Ministry.
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins ; 9am Ch Sch; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
19th Sunday after Trinity
O God, forasmuch as without thee we are not able to please thee;
Mercifully grant, that thy Holy Spirit may in all things direct and
rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: HOW TO BE REALLY HAPPY
If we take a close look at the man in today’s gospel, who asks Jesus how to get eternal life and happiness, then we can glean quite a lot.
He was humble; he actually ran up and knelt at Jesus’ feet before speaking to him. He clearly had good motives because he wanted to know how to inherit eternal life. And he had good sense; enough to know that from what he heard of him Jesus was the right person to help him with this. So he was nobody’s fool.
What we usually remember about him is that he was rich. But it’s clear that his riches couldn’t satisfy his deep down needs. That’s why he came to Jesus looking for something that went beyond the grave. His wealth couldn’t give meaning to his life. He was restless and seeking something more than the trappings that money can bring.
And it’s not as if he were somebody who would find it hard to accept religion. He already was a religious person and a morally upright character. He said that he had kept all the commandments from his earliest days, so he had probably also fasted from food and tithed some of his wealth. The other gospel writers tell us that the man was young and that he came from one of the leading families. So by anybody’s reckoning he’s got a lot going for him: young, rich, reputable, religious, moral, thoughtful, common-sensed and humble.
Yet he went away sad because the demands that Jesus made of him were more than he was prepared to accept. The incredible happened: God in Jesus told him exactly what to do in order to have eternal life. He had to give up all his wealth and give it to the poor. But this would affect his status, his reputation and his lifestyle.
What gives meaning to your life? What do you consider the point of living is? Where do you look for what makes real sense of your days? Where have you put your treasure? Is it invested in the here and now or have you got your sights on something that will outlast this mortal existence? Being young, rich and even religious cannot get you into heaven. And when Jesus tells you how to inherit eternal life do you go away sad or do you start rejoicing?
WORD OF GOD
Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. (Mark 10:21)
WORD FOR TODAY
They say home is where the heart is. Similarly, if you want to know where your real values lie then ask yourself what it is that takes up most of your thoughts and energy. Is it getting and having things? Or is it about the quality of your life before God? If it’s the latter, then you’ve acquired true wisdom.
WISDOM is the ability to use knowledge so as to meet successfully the emergencies of life. Men may acquire knowledge, but wisdom is a gift direct from God.
THE ART OF BEING WISE is the art of knowing what to overlook.
WISDOM IS FRUITLESS WHEN it comes from people who have no knowledge of themselves.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Ecclus 22: 6-22, John 13: 1-11, Philippians 1: 1-11
Tues: Ecclus 22:27 - 23:15, John 13: 12-20, Phil 1: 12-end
Wed: Ecclus 24: 1-22, John 13: 21-30, Phil 2: 1–13
Thurs: Ecclus 24: 23-end, John 13: 31-end, Phil 2: 14-end
Fri: Ecclus 27:30 - 28:9, John 14: 1-14, Phil 3:1 - 4:1
Sat: Ecclus 28: 14-end, John 14: 15-end, Phil 4: 2-end
NEXT SUNDAY (S. LUKE): Acts 16: 6-12a, 2 Timothy 4: 5-17, S. Luke 10: 1-9