Church of England Diocese of Leeds St. Paul, Morley, Townend

October 2019 Reflection

1 Oct 2019, 8 a.m.

Luke 14:8: "When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honour. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited?"

This verse sees Jesus reminding us about the important Christian principle of considering others before ourselves. There’s not a lot of it about is there?

Sadly, Brexit seems to be encouraging people to be more and more selfish ‘I want this to happen, I want that to happen, many times, with quite selfish motivations behind this (though not always of course).

I know I can be very selfish. I love my very comfortable bed and sofas and I’m not sure how pleased I’d feel if I had to give these up for more than a couple of days! It’s shameful really that a vicar feels like this! Sorry Jesus, please help me to be less selfish!

One of the most important ‘seats’ in all our homes may look a little like the cover photo above...

Did you know 2.3 billion people around the world don’t have a safe place to go to the loo. This leads to terrible health problems with 1000s of people dying of diarrhoea every single day.

It’s not their fault they have been born in a poor part of the world.  We can help.

For just £60, someone in a poor part of the world can have a new toilet put into your home, and your own toilet will be ‘twinned’ with the new one. What an easy, beautiful way to share some of our riches. Yes, we are rich compared to them.

When you visit St Paul’s, look out for the toilet twinning plaque to remind us that their new toilets have been twinned with a block in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Why not have a look at this fabulous project:

May God richly bless us al to enable us to be generous to others, just as he is extravagantly generous with his love, grace and forgiveness.

Love and Blessings,