SIXTH SUNDAY A
13TH FEBRUARY 2011.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
"Man has life and death before him", the writer says in the first Reading of the Holy Mass. Our Blessed Lord in the continuation of the Sermon on the Mount spells out the new Law of Freedom which fulfils the Old Law completely and makes us all grow up to keep God's commandments. His Commandments are easy when we are in union with the source of Life- Jesus Christ.
He says to the hearers "You have heard it said that you must not commit adultery but I SAY TO YOU (notice the Divine Authority) DO not even do it is your heart and then you will be keeping the commandment." Now we take that for granted don't we. Lustful longings are to be fought, not entertained. In other words our morality will go much deeper when we live with the life of Christ. We will genuinely want to keep his Commandments and indeed we will see it as a new freedom.
There is no one free if hey are tied up in mortal sin by the Evil One. There is no one freer than a child of God, living in a state of sanctifying grace. The human soul and person becomes the Dwelling Place of the Holy Spirit.
Believe me, you only have to read the papers to see what happens when people do not live by the commandments. People take revenge, they murder to take another's spouse or worse, they bear false witness, they refuse to forgive and stir up long hatreds and live the big lie. They abandon their spouses and their children even when they are in the teenage years in order to pursue a lustful and impure way of life which will be for their condemnation if they happen to die without repentance.
Our Lord basically says you have to be radical. You cannot have it both ways. You have to choose. If you refuse to choose God's way the end is Hell and if you do follow Christ you will end up in the glory of Heaven with all the glory of the saints and Chosen ones of God.
It is all there folks - please read it again and again. Pray for poor sinners who are led astray by the fashion of modern immorality. Our Lady of Lourdes who appeared to St Bernadette on 11th February 1858 said to Bernadette many times: "Pray for Sinners- Do Penance" did she not? She still says it. At Cana she said those wonderful words "Do whatever he tells you...". Let us choose the right way and find our freedom and our dignity as children of the New Covenant.
God Bless you all,
Father Tom Connolly
Bidding Prayers for the Sixth Sunday A.
Priest: In the Sermon on the Mount we have the description of the new Law of the spirit for humanity made in the image of the Saviour. Let us pray as a community for these spiritual qualities and be open to our Lord's holy promptings as we come with all our needs.
Reader. Blessed are those who realise their poverty and hunger in the sight of the Living God. May our society open itself to the Sermon on the Mount by opening to God in public life. Lord hear us.
For those who struggle for justice and peace in areas of great poverty and conflict that they will not give up the fight. Bless the work of Aid to the Church in Need and Mary's Meals. CAFOD, and all the pro life movements like SPUC and Life. We commend to God the People of Egypt. Lord hear us.
We pray for the grace to love your law and to keep your new commandments. May we be a people who live by your Divine Teaching. Lord hear us.
We commend our dear Engaged Couples preparing for Marriage - make them joyful and faithful in their preparation and catechesis. Lord hear us.
We commend to God all our sick on the week of prayer for the sick and the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: Marian Johnson, Betty Wallace, Maureen Waring, Margaret Bruen, Mary Tivnan, Lillian O'Moore, Martin Hoysted, Allan Little, Nora Deegan.
We pray that they will be given the strength and spiritual courage to face their illnesses. Lord hear us.
Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted - bless all those who mourn for those who they love who have died and we pray for those who have died this week - Michael Kelly Boyle, Una McLoughlin, Mary Colbert, Helena Olejn-icziak, Desmond Bernie, Florence Friedus, Patrick McDermott.
For all those whose anniversaries fall about this time: Martin Bownes (11 am) , Nary Mannion, (VIGIL), Tommy and Annie Fadian, Sister Francis Teresa Cawley, John and Mary Corcaran, Paddy Clallaghan and Afram Zaer.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace Amen.
Mary is the woman of the New Covenant and her life reflects it in every detail - may Our Lady of Lourdes help us her children to live them in daily life as we pray O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...
Priest: O merciful and loving God - listen to the prayers of your children as we prepare to offer this Mass. May the Sermon on the Mount be our rule of living. Through our Lord. Amen.