TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY C + MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY + 17TH OCTOBER 2010.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
Our Blessed Lord holds out to us this week the example of the lazy and corrupt Judge who could not be bothered to stir himself to administer justice to a poor widow who was being "done" by some crook. He does not praise his corruption but he points out that even for such an unjust judge as he, persistent complaining by the widow moved him to resolve the grievance and to do her justice against her enemy.
Now, our Lord says - if an unjust judge is eventually moved by the persistence of the widow's petitions, then HOW MUCH MORE IS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER GOING TO LISTEN TO OUR PERSISTENT PRAYERS?
Now, this takes some understanding. Jesus is not saying that God is like an unjust judge. He is pointing to the persistence of the widow who never gave up. In our prayers and in our prayers for particular needs we must never give up. Persistence shows our faith you know. Anyone pagan can ask for God's help in an emergency for a day or so but it takes a faithful and believing heart to constantly bring to God a need or a situation that does not seem capable of resolution. How St Augustine's mother - St Monica - troubled the Bishop of her diocese and every monk she knew to pray for her son who had lapsed and gone astray and was living out of wedlock with his girlfriend. In the end the Bishop had had enough of her petitions and told her that God would not leave unanswered the tears of a mother. St Monica took this to be a message from God and lo and behold - her son on visiting Milan popped into the Cathedral and found St Ambrose the Bishop of that city offering the Holy Mass. The music of the sacred Chant and the words of St Ambrose converted the young Augustine who later on became Bishop of Hippo in North Africa eventually and is now one of the four Fathers of the Western Church.
There is an answer to prayer. I know many a mother's prayers have been answered in a similar vein and the secret is - that they never gave up. "even when He delays to help them" - our Lord's own words guide us here.
Sometimes the delay is for our good. Because God delays, does not mean that he is not acting or responding or listening. We must see all these from the perspective of eternity. God will see justice done. We must have faith that this is so in the face of so many contradictions and seeming triumphs for our ancient Enemy.
When I was at High School our Deputy Head every day at Assembly used to make us pray for Cardinal Mindzenty who was locked up at the time by the Communist who had tortured him and at the Uprising in 1956 the Cardinal had been released only to have to take refuge in the American Embassy. There he remained a Prisoner for Christ. If he has stepped outside he would have been back in a Communist jail. We prayed for 5 years but eventually well after the Deputy Head had died and we had left school, the Cardinal was delivered. Persistence in prayer, demonstrates our faith in God and his care for us. Our Lord assures us in this Parable of the "Unjust Judge" how persistence wins in the end. Now - go for it!!
God Bless from Father Tom Connolly
WELCOME TO FATHER GABOR FROM BUDAPEST , HUNGARY. AS YOU KNOW HE IS A P.P. IN THE MODERN PART OF BUDAPEST AND IS A GOOD FRIEND OF FR CONNOLLY. HE IS HERE FOR A TWO WEEK BREAK. HE TOOK ME TO CARDINAL MINDZENTY'S GRAVE WHEN I WAS IN HUNGARY.
SATURDAY 23RD OCTOBER IS THE MONTH'S MIND FOR THE LATE PAT McCORMACK (R.I.P.) ATST EDWARD'S CHURCH AT MIDDAY.
Bidding Prayers for the 29th Sunday of the Year C
Priest: Our Lord teaches us never to give up in our prayer to him who is the just judge and who vindicates those who put their trust in him.
For all who struggle for justice to be done - that they be given courage to carry on with the help of God. We pray especially for those places in the world where there is no rule of law and where the poor and little people are exploited by unjust laws. Lord in your mercy...
For this Christian community; that we never lose faith in the power of Prayer in our relationship with the living God who in the Incarnation has shown us the way of Prayer. Lord in your mercy.
For our Civil Society that the laws passed by our Rulers will reflect the law of God rather than the fashions of the age. Lord in your mercy.
For all the students who have come to our city to study that they may settle in and enjoy their studies and be safeguarded from danger. Lord in your mercy.
Reader: For all our dear sick that the Divine Physician may touch them and strengthen them in their struggle with ill health: Mary Tivnan, Iain Emberson, Mary Colbert, Jean Corrigan, Elizabeth Wallace, Martin Hoysted, Mary Pook, Agnes McKeown, Martin Fisher, Matt O'Brien, Binsih Varghese and Family. Lord in your mercy.
For all those who have died in these last few days and those who mourn them: David Mongan, Sean Geraghty, Mary Sherratt.
For all those whose anniversaries fall about now and whom we have loved in life and forget not in death: John Toner, Stanley Hulbert, Michael McDonagh (11am 7th Month's Mind), Marie Murphy (14th Oct), Mario Lorenzo Mini-archie, Thomas O'Keefe, Paddy Ryan (20th Oct), Betty Kennedy, Annie Quinn, Bryan McClusky and Maureen Byrne, James Leonard, Michael Gallagher, Kathleen Reilly, Pat McCormack.
May their souls and the souls of...
Mary is the Gateway to Man's Heaven - may she bring us to that blessed place in the company of all the saints - O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace..
Priest: O Lord and Eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come in obedience to Jesus to ask for all we need in his Name, listen to our prayer which we make in confident faith, through Christ our Lord.