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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is easy to associate marriage and romantic love, as this detail from one of Marc Chagall’s paintings suggests. But the two have not always gone hand in hand.


In many societies, including the Jewish community of Jesus’ day, romance was a secondary add on or bonus to marriage which was a largely one sided affair in which a man paid a dowry to the woman’s family so that he might have a wife to provide children and the hope of posterity. When these hopes were dashed or the man got bored with one woman there were few recriminations if he divorced and remarried.


This is the practice and attitude challenged by Jesus because it is an offence to God’s intention of women and men sharing equally in the dignity that comes from being created in God’s image. 

Kindly Remember to Pray for

all  the faithful  departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: Eileen Allen, Vera Allen, Norma Andrew, Marc Bailey,  Mary Birks, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury,  Archie Brocklehurst, Liz Carroll, Ethan Connolly, Margaret Cripps, Marian Cullen, Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Pat Fisher, Fred Gatley, Teresa   Glover, Jamie Graham, Joan Grant, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, Joan Murray,  Ron Norman, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Tony Potter, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Margaret Quinn, Christine Rowe, Edward Sauce, Shelley Scott, Tommy Sharkey, Darcie Sharp, Marian Shaw, Fred Simpson, Tom & Hazel Sudell, Michael Swift, Ronnie Thompson, Howard Tomlinson, Pam Traynor, Cecily Waite, Rose Walsh, Ben Watson, Ann Weiss, Margaret Wightman, John Williams & Colin Wright.