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PO Box 21
Cranebrook NSW 2749
86-94 Andromeda Drive,
86 Andromeda Drive,
94 Andromeda Drive,
Tel: 61 2 4730 1249
Fax: 61 2 4729 2989
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Mrs Marie Cottee - Secretary:
(Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am - 4pm)
Mrs Sue Weekes - Office support:
Mrs Joanne Hocking - Sacraments Support
TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR C
Reflection by Dianne Bergant CSS
We are creatures of this world. We are made of it and we are totally dependent upon it for our very existence. We require its air, its water, its food, its heat. We need it for covering and for shelter; we need it to stimulate our minds and our spirits. Therefore, our use of its phenomenal resources cannot in itself be immoral. What is questionable is the character of our use.
There are many circumstances that contribute to the complexity of these matters. The merchant in the passage from Amos is not faulted because he was prosperous. Nor is the steward in the gospel criticised for putting resources aside for future use. But how much does a person need when there are others who are really needy?
We live our lives on the horns of a dilemma. We have the right to use and to enjoy the marvels of our world, but we cannot do this free of responsibility to each other and to the world itself. We are not called to disown the world. It is impossible for us to do that, because of our total dependence upon it. But we are called to live in it gently, using what we need and sharing what we can. We must make decisions as trustworthy stewards of the household of God, not like the man in the gospel who was only concerned with his own well being. We must serve God, not mammon.