Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd July 2018
Blue Book Page 181
The Problem of Over Thinking:
Mr Polly was a good man but he didn’t have a lot of patience. It was to my benefit that he taught mathematics through all five years of my secondary school education. He also taught PE & games. This was not to his benefit as I never attended sports lessons! Like most of the staff at Chace Boys School he was an atheist. He believed that everything to do with God was nonsense. Nevertheless he persevered to teach me mathematics and I rewarded him by failing. I didn’t fail deliberately but I had a tendency to over think the problems and make things more complicated than they need to be.
Take acceleration: “A unit used for acceleration when the change in velocity per second is divided by the change in time, which is also in seconds: e.g., if the velocity increased from 5 meters per second to 20 meters per second in a time interval of one second, the acceleration would be 15 meters PER SECOND PER SECOND (15 m/sec./sec)”.
Keep up everybody. In the first instance I could understand this immediately and commit the formula to memory. Then I would start overthinking… My head would feel like a road traffic accident, everything would collide and I would have to interrupt:
“Sir, how can you have a second per second? It doesn’t make sense. If you had another second in the same second it wouldn’t be a second at all would it, it is beyond comprehension?”
“Never mind that Robinson just accept that this is the formula and that is how it works”
“But it’s nonsense sir”
“Perhaps it is but that’s how it works!”
“But Sir, you said God is nonsense and you can’t comprehend why anybody would believe that and now you’re teaching us nonsense and telling us we just have to accept it”
“Get out Robinson”.
Out in the corridor the headmaster would be doing his rounds “Why are you in the corridor Robinson?”
“I told Mr Polly that he is teaching Nonsense”
“No he’s teaching mathematics!”
“Yes, but Mr Polly said that he thought it might be nonsense too but I should just accept it and I said in that case why shouldn’t he accept the nonsense that other people call God!”
“OK Robinson I am going to have to phone your Father”
“OK headmaster and please tell him that this is all true!”
So, what is the point of all that..?
I think Mr Polly was right. Sometimes you just have to allow things to be and accept that this is how it is. If this is true in mathematics the same is true with God! We have to stop overthinking the problem of his existence and simply allow him to be. That is the whole meaning of his name! When Moses asked God for his name he simply said “I am who I am”. So will you allow him to BE who he is and just accept that this is the way that things are? In the early pages of Genesis, Jacob wrestled with God through a whole night and neither one prevailed Gen32v22. This is what our Muslim friends call “JIHAD”. They say it means “STRUGGLE” but Nb. Not so much our struggle with each other but our struggle with God! Sometimes we just have to let go of that struggle.
In 1846 Felix Mendelssohn composed an Oratario entitled:
“O rest in the Lord”. Do you know what..? He had it right too!
Thankyou to Jenny for organising the enjoyable parish teaparty with little ones and the 60+ group last week but then having to delegate to Heather, Eva, Sr. Antonia & Frances. On the day they set up, made drinks, entertained the children with parachute games and other toys and cleared up at the end, so thankyou to all of them. Jenny has been unexpectedly in hospital during this time but hopes to be home this weekend recovering from surgery.
Please welcome Mgr Matthew Dickens who is visiting St Joseph’s on behalf of the Archdiocese this Sunday July 22nd
He will celebrate Mass and meet the people of St Joseph’s.
St Ursula’s School TEACHING ASSISTANT From September Fixed Term contract. Salary: Scale 1C F/T 5 days per week, term time only. Closing date: Monday 20th Aug Interviews Sept 3rd. Info at www.stursulas.com.
Please remember among the sick:
May (LewHs), Margaret (Lew Hs), John (Lew Hsp), Jenny (S.Thom Hs), Anthony (Guys Hs), Peter (QEH), Myra (Farnb’ Hs)
Kenneth P, Celia J, Rosaleen D, Anne S, William & Margaret H, Sr Gabriel OSU, Ellen M, Lillian M, Mary S, Margaret G, Thomas F, Sarah W, Charles C
May they Rest in Peace
God could do precious little if He could not sustain me one more day.
St Claude La Colombiere, SJ
MASS CALENDAR FOR 21st – 29th JULY 2018
Saturday 21st Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Peter D (RiP)
Sunday 22nd Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Elizabeth P (RiP)
16th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Jose R (RiP)
Dax & Laura (recently married THG) & Kay M
in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: Annie M (RiP)
Monday 23rd No Mass on Monday
Tuesday 24th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Sr Alice OSU (Ruby Ann)
Mass St J’s 7.00 Int: Peter R (WB)
St James Ap 25th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr Jim Hurley (Golden Jubilee)
Joachim & Anna 26th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: Fr John Lavery (RiP)
Mass St J’s 11.00 Int: John R (WB) & Teresa
Friday 27th Mass OLSS 9.30 Int: THG safe birth of a G’Child Saturday 28th Holy Baptism Jack, Rafael, Rory, Florence & Mia 12.30 OLSS St James The Great
Mass OLSS 6.00pm Int: Parish & People Wednesday
Sunday 29th Mass OLSS 9.00 Int: Niko & Monika (Wedding Ann)
17th Sunday Mass St J’s 10.00 Int: Parish & People.
in Ordinary Time Mass OLSS 11.00 Int: John F (RiP B’Day)
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Hi Father, We have watched the commentary on the Garden Party with great envy. We attended one at OLSS in mid 2011. A great event. A very big thank you for the Mass offered for our son Richard. It gives us great solace knowing that he is remembered by so many around the world. Many of his friends were in Australia running the recent Commonwealth Games. Time heals, but we will never forget. We will always love and embrace him. Love, Jane & Colin, Melbourne, Australia. (Richard was part of the international group making preparations for the 2012 London Olympics. He sadly died unexpectedly as a young man in London, a long way from home. This was one of the last acts of kindness that Fr John had undertaken before retiring from OLSS. The family and friends are remembered with great affection)
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