Theme for the Day

The Birmingham Post (England), August 29, 1998 | Go to article overview

Theme for the Day


I was very pleased when a friend recently gave me a book by Fr Henri Nouwen.

It came at a time when I had been thinking about how people, for good reasons, form groups which then have the unfortunate spin-off effect of excluding others. The first dip into this book gave me a new insight.

Fr Nouwen looks again at the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37). This is the story of a Jew who is beaten by robbers and left for dead. Two of his own religious leaders pass him by, but a Samaritan, a member of a group despised by the Jews, ta kes care of him.

We usually think of the injured traveller as the neighbour who is ignored by his own people. Fr Nouwen however, points out that the neighbour is not the poor man lying in the road, but the Samaritan who crosses over to help. He says: "We become neighbour s when we are willing to cross the road for one another."

Crossing over is costly. By doing so we move beyond the security of our own social world. But most importantly, we challenge its values.

Jane Jones, Sutton Coldfield.

CATHEDRAL SERVICES

Birmingham: 9am Morning Prayer & Holy Communion. 11am Choral Eucharist, Introit: Sing Joyfully - Byrd, Missa super bel amfitrit - Lassus, Set me as seal - Walton, Ave Maria - Rachmaninoff. 4pm Choral Evensong, Introit - O Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Howells, Responses - Radcliffe, Gloucester Service - Howells, Motet on he death of President Kennedy - Howells.

St Chad's: 10.30am Mass. 12pm Mass. 5pm Mass

Coventry: 7.40am Morning Prayer. 8am The Communion. 10.30am The Cathedral Eucharist, Introit: Matyas Seiber - Kyrie, Johannes Ciconia - Gloria, Stanford in C, O Saviour of the World - Goss. 5pm Choral Evensong, Matyas Seiber - Kyrie, Ayleward - Responses , Short Service - Gibbons, Thou wilt keep him - S S Wesley.

Hereford: 8am Holy Communion. 10am The Cathedral Eucharist, Vaughan Williams in D Minor, Ave Verum - Mawby. 11.30am Matins, Howells - Collegium Regale, Libera nos - Sheppard. 3.30pm Evensong Howells - St Paul's Service, And I saw a new heaven - Bainton.

Lichfield: 8am Holy Communion. 10.30am Sung Eucharist, sung by the choir of St Mildred's Church, Addiscombe, Spatzenmesse - Mozart, Jubilate in C - Britten, How Goodly are thy tents - Ouseley. …

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