From the Parish Priest’s desk

4 November 2012

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

Today’s readings highlight the importance of being a Church of the Spirit rather than a Church of the Law. LOVE is at the heart of our Christian Faith and Practice. For it is in loving God and neighbour that we fulfil ALL commandments. Also, let’s avoid the danger of over-involvement, so that there is always room to love the neighbour who turns up on our doorstep and needs our time. As one spiritual author I read once puts it: “If you are obliged to go to prayer when your brother or sister has need of herb-tea, first give them the herb-tea…”

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From the Parish Priest’s desk

28 October 2012

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ

Jesus understands that none of us is perfect. The Second Reading from Hebrews for this weekend makes it clear that Jesus identifies with the human condition. Nevertheless, despite our failings, we continue to strive to be faithful.

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From the Parish Priest’s desk

14 October 2012

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The Gospel text from Mark for this weekend is most challenging. It causes us to re-examine our lives and invites us to change whatever gets in the way of wholehearted devotion to God. Will we be like the rich young man in the gospel and walk away from this need to get our priorities right, or will we follow the Lord along the Way?

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From the Parish Priest’s desk

7 October 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

The Gospel for this weekend is a challenging one which often causes pain and anguish to so many in difficult circumstances. However, a hint of the compassion of Jesus surrounding this whole issue marriage and divorce is found in the next part of Mark’s text concerning the little children. If we take that text metaphorically rather than literally, then ‘the little children’ – given the context of what went before – could legitimately be those ‘little ones’ who suffer difficulties in relationship. Thus, Jesus condemns those who are keeping these ‘little ones’ from coming to Him! We, the Church, always need to pay attention to the Master’s voice. We, who are not without sin ourselves, must not be the first to cast stones!

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Who are the righteous?

25th Sunday Reflection

Who are the righteous? This is a question that holds little interest today. We are more concerned with the successful and the famous. We want people to be honest, at least in their dealings with us, but we are more apt to applaud those who are clever. We commend people for making a good deal, for knowing how to get ahead or striking it rich. We extol the beautiful, the strong, the self-assured, those who have made a name for themselves, those who entertain us. We encourage people to be ambitious. Seldom is popularity based on righteousness.

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