Apologies for error in the chronicle that read 'it is harder for a camel '... it should have read
" it is easier for a camel "
St.Peters Catholic Church. Biggleswade.
Last Sunday’s gospel Mark 10:17-30 calls for a profound understanding into the meaning of the word ‘wealth’. When this gospel was written nearly two thousand years ago a wealthy man was described as one who owned many animals, lived in a large basic building and had servants and maybe owned a large area of land, if he was very wealthy he may have artefacts and pots of gold, but what use was this? Back in these times there was no electricity, central heating or television; no fast delivery service to bring them the latest dvd, cd or tablet pc. In this period technical knowledge was limited therefore even natural resources were left within the earth. As man developed he changed his surroundings and wealth, his money, purchased the finest things from food, clothes, and houses to armies to gain control over weaker populations. Now in the twenty-first centaury the people of the developed world have numerous riches that include computers, cars, holidays, mobile phones. In the undeveloped word there are still populations that live very basically sometimes in a crowded room and long for the food, sanitation & medicines that will save the lives of their young children. Many people of the developed world share their wealth by generously donating money to help the undeveloped world as they feel that their own society supports them in times of need through benefits, free health care and charitable organisations. There are very special people who have time and share this by undertaking sponsored events to raise money for good causes. In this gospel Jesus speaks about a wealthy man who approached him to ask what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus replied “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven
”. In our society today we have many riches that are taken for granted. Often we hear of situations where volunteers are needed urgently to ensure facilities, clubs for the children, elderly or disabled can remain open. Perhaps we can consider ‘time’as a wealth that we may be able to give freely to help others in our society today?
Shared Supper & Social Evening
Friday 2nd November-, to welcome Fr Richard, please bring a plate of food,entertainment supplied by the TAGS choir, further information in the church porch.
Christmas Bazaar Saturday 1st December-, please donate gifts for the raffle, there is large tea chest in church porch.
Operation Christmas Child-
Please donate Shoe boxes full of gifts for children from deprived areas world wide. This year the boxes from the post code SG will be going to Kenya
. Leaflets are available in the church or information can be obtained from http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/what-to-pack
.Is a yearly event which was originally set up by Mr David Cooke after watching a news broadcast on TV in 1990 that showed the horrors the children in orphanages in Romania
had to endure. David's aim was to fill one lorry with gifts and drive it to Romania
. The response to his appeal was overwhelming and on the 12th of December a convey of vehicles including lorries donated by local companies set off for Romania