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: Isaiah 35: 4-7a James 2 : 1-17 S. Mark 7: 24-end
Today: 9 am Matins & Litany; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm Evening Prayer.
This Week: Tues-Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayers.
Next Sunday: 8.35am Matins; 9am Church School; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6 pm E.P.
14th Sunday after Trinity
Almighty and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith,
hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost
promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: LOOKING AT LOVE
“Once, while preaching in a parish, I suddenly caught sight of a young mother with her child and you could see the love between them. I was terribly tempted to say to the congregation: Forget what I am saying and look over there, and you will see what we mean to God.”
Those words were spoken by the late Cardinal Basil Hume. In a simple way he shows that God’s way of communicating with us is not through lofty pronouncements, but in and through the ordinariness of human life.
What more lovely or simple thing could we wish to see than a mother and baby enjoying each other’s company? We see it every day all around us but it’s not that often that we stop to think and go beyond the obvious. The love between a mother and baby is a sign, a pointer to the love that God has for us in his Son Jesus Christ. Since God is true love or care itself, every act of care we witness and experience is a manifestation of divine love or care. When we love, it is God in action. And when we see love in others we can catch a glimpse of God’s favour to our world for we are looking at love itself.
In today’s gospel Jesus cured a deaf man with a speech impediment. In fact, the deaf hearing and the dumb speaking were signs that the Jewish people waited for as an indication that the new age of God’s reign of care was about to begin. So Jesus’s miracle was a messianic sign, a sign associated with the coming of the long-expected saviour whom God had promised through the prophets.
In this new age of the kingdom of God people are set free to see things that lay hidden, to hear of the wonders that God is working day by day, and to tell others about God’s goodness.
And, of course, that time is now. God never gives up on us, any more than the mother would give up on the baby. And we Christians exist to discern that loving, caring presence of God in our world and to point it out to others. That’s why God has opened our eyes, unblocked our ears and loosened our tongues.
WORD OF GOD
The eyes of the blind shall be opened,
the ears of the deaf unsealed;
then the lame shall leap like a deer
and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy.
WORD FOR TODAY
God keeps faith for ever. A good thumbnail test of our progress in faith is to ask how much our eyes see of God’s presence in our lives, how much our ears recognise the sounds of God’s voice, and how often we leap for joy at the graces God offers us.
WE ONLY DELIBERATELY waste time with those we love – it is the purest sign that we love someone if we choose to spend time idly in their presence when we could be doing something more constructive.
GOD HAS NOT CREATED THE WORLD AND THEN left us to get on with things. We are so dependent upon God’s ever-present care that if God were to stop loving us even for one second, we would cease to exist.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Zechariah 4, Mark 9: 38-end, Acts 13: 13-43
Tues: Zech 6: 9-end, Mark 10: 1-16, Acts 13:44 - 14:7
Wed: Zechariah 7, Mark 10: 17-31, Acts 14: 8–end
Thurs: Zechariah 8: 1-8, Mark 10: 32-34, Acts 15: 1-21
Fri: Zech 8: 9-end, Mark 10: 35-45, Acts 15: 22-35
Sat: Zech 9: 1-12, Mark 10: 46-end, Acts 15:36 - 16:5
NEXT SUNDAY: Isaiah 50: 4-9a, James 3: 1-12, S. Mark 8: 27-end