21st Sunday in Ordinary time, 21 Aug 2016

From the Dean’s desk

It is interesting how at times a simple question can open up a plethora of ideas and concerns. At the beginning of today’s Gospel [Luke 13:22-30] a certain person asks Jesus: ‘will there be only a few saved?’ He asked this with the expectation that Jesus would have reinforced the notion that salvation would have been the reward for the Jews. The Chosen Ones and that there would be no room for Gentiles or pagans!

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On Monday, 15 August, the following Masses will be celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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20th Sunday in Ordinary time, 14 Aug 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Over the last few weeks the Gospels have challenged us to live as disciples of Jesus.  They have challenged us to live as heirs of the kingdom of God – to have a certain disposition that in some ways can bring us in conflict with worldly ways and values.  The Gospels of the previous weeks have asked us to let go of our possessions.  This radical poverty seen in the Gospel allows us to utilise our  possessions for the good of all.  It challenges us to not be governed by a desire for material goods, power, wealth or authority.  We should place our ‘treasure’ in heavenly matters.  They have included a call to be generous – to share whatever we have with others, especially the poor.  We have been encouraged to be alert, watchful and ready for the Master’s return at a time we do not know.  We have been asked to be people who live by faith and trust in God’s ways.  In today’s Gospel [Luke 12:49-53] we take on a different slant. We hear that those who remain faithful to the ways of Jesus may find that their fidelity will bring dissension and division within their  families.

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19th Sunday in Ordinary time, 7 Aug 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Today’s Gospel [Luke 12:32-48] can leave us feeling a little unsettled. It seems to be a difficult Gospel passage to understand and to apply to our lives, as it seems to speak of servants, masters and slaves – all titles that seem a little outdated to modern society and culture. However, when we consider its structure it can begin to open up for us some insights into Jesus’ teaching. This Gospel passage can be divided into three sections: a teaching on possessions [vv32-34]; a story that demonstrates the importance of watchfulness [vv 35-40] and instruction about responsible leadership [vv41-48].

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18th Sunday in Ordinary time, 31 July 2016

From the Dean’s desk

During the time when I was teaching, one of the simulation games that I included in our staff in-service days was called: ‘Survival’.   It was a game that challenged you to make choices. You were one of several survivors of a plane that crashed on a deserted island. About ten items survived the crash, but you could only take five things from those items.  The focus of the games was to prioritise the items, so that your group only took the five most important items needed for the group’s survival.  I was glad that it was only a game and not a real life experience, because I always managed to select the items which were of little value for the group’s long term survival.  It was an eye opener to see the list of ‘essential’ items that other members of staff chose.

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