30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year: B)

Sun 28th

Old Testament: Jer. 31:7-9
Psalms: Ps. 125
Epistle: Heb. 5:1-6
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52

Sunday Mass times

Sunday 8:00am 10:00am 6:00pm

Whats Happening


Light a Candle Service of Remembrance

An ecumenical service of remembrance at St Mary & St Botolph church, Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich, led by Rev Mary Sokanovic, and attended by the Ipswich Hospital chaplain and Fr Mathew.


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Fr Mathew has been taken ill

Update 21:30 October 21st:

It is too early yet to advise arrangements for next weekend. Please consult this page regularly as any updates will be posted here. Weekday Masses remain cancelled at this time.

Today's Gospel

This week, we continue to read from the section of Mark’s Gospel that reports Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Last Sunday we heard Jesus lament the particular challenges those with many possessions face in order to enter the Kingdom of God. In today’s Gospel, James and John ask to be given seats of honour when Jesus enters into his glory. Once again, the disciples seem to be selective in what they hear Jesus say. They want to share Jesus’ glory, but do not appear to understand that his glory will be preceded by his suffering. Jesus notes their lack of understanding and predicts the suffering they will endure for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus says that the honour they seek is not his to give. When the other ten hear what James and John have asked, Mark reports that they are indignant. Jesus takes the opportunity to teach them.

Jesus explains the importance of service and sacrifice in the life of a disciple, in particular, he seems to be preparing the Twelve for their leadership roles in the emerging Christian community. Echoing the Gospel we heard several weeks ago, Jesus acknowledges that his teaching is countercultural. In today’s Gospel, Jesus contrasts the dynamics within the community of disciples with those shown by the rulers of the Gentiles. Following Jesus’ example of sacrificial love continues to be countercultural in our day as well. We might take this opportunity to consider our models of authority and examine our own exercise of authority. On whose example do we model our leadership?