TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY YEAR A + 7TH SEPTEMBER 2014.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
THE GOSPEL TEACHING
Oh my dear people, we have a tough one today. Our Blessed Lord’s teaching on the way of forgiveness in his Church is always one which get us worked up.
Number one - we all have situations where we are willing to be reconciled after an offence but the other party wants none of it. Secondly, we have "Enemies" who avoid us or cut us off. Maybe within our own family circle we have ones who have cut us off years ago and we do not know why. They must have some reason but we are "Not Guilty". Then there are those situations where forgiveness might seem to be a kind of undeserving and un-warranted "APPROVAL" where there has been no expression of regret. . We also have the situations where my reaching out is harshly refused and I am hurt.
The main thrust of our Lord’s teaching today is our reaction when we feel that we have had a wrong done against us by a brother/sister. You are to have it out with them one-to-one. That is the first port of call. It is not meant to be an angry confrontation either. Choose the moment where you are not still angry. You know it is much easier and more enjoyable to tell everyone else about the wrong you have suffered than to face the person isn't it? That is unredeemed human nature. But we who are redeemed and live in the Spirit must be different. We must swallow the fear of reprisal, rejection, anger etc and face our offending brother or sister. Who knows, it might be a complete misunderstanding and wrong interpretation so all can be put right.
However there are those very serious situations where is a refusal to listen and so the heavies are brought in. This is how it is even now in Church Law when dealing with a cleric who appears to be going off the rails in Faith or Morals. This is the way the Bishop deals with it. It is our Lord's way. In the end the offender can be thrown out - "what you loose on earth etc". This all done with due process, with hearings and opportunity to explain etc. But in human life there has to be a structure to deal with ill disciplines otherwise the unity of Christ's Body is damaged gravely. Even secular groups cannot survive if they cannot discipline their members.
We also have to learn to bear with one another's weaknesses and that sometimes is misjudgements without going crazy with indignation. After all - I have been guilty too and I have been the offender and I have mercy on myself don't I? However - within the Church – be open and candid with one another and do not let offences fester and go bad.
God bless you all and keep us all in in peace with one another.
Fr Tom Connolly.
SCHOOL has begun FOR OUR PRIMARY Schools. And high schools and the TEACHERS BEGAN ON 2nd SEPTEMBER WITH THEIR IN-SERVICE TRAINING. MAY GOD BLESS THEM IN THE YEAR AHEAD.
Bidding 23rd Sunday A
Priest: Chris our Lord is mindful of all who need him, and does great things for love of them. Let us not be afraid to ask him for all our needs.
Reader: May reconciliation and justice come about between Russia and the Ukraine= protect us against those who would want to destroy- save our bnrothers and sisters in Syria and Iraque who are suffering terror and death. Lord in your mercy. We give thanks for all created things: you have blessed us with the resources of the earth and the gift our human life. Help us respect it. Lord in yor mercy.
We give thans for our shre in contunuring the work of creation- we praise you for your gifts of inventive skills and creative vision.. Lord in your mercy.
We pray for all the nations of the face of the earth: May those in authority work for peace and good wil amongst men. Lord in your mercy.
We pray for those who lack a home, for families with no place to call a home- for refugees driven from their homeland. Lord in your mercy.
Be with our sick and support them with your Healing hand: Marie Duffy, Winnie Hagan, Thomas Moran, Peter Ramsbottom, Brendan Byrne. Lord in your mercy.
Life was your first gift to us: may those who have died come to its fullness in you,: Harold Collins, Mary Pook, Bernadette O' Sullivan, John Doherty, Hughie McLoughlin AND All whose anniversaries fall about this time: Ann Molloy, (11AM) Emma Martin, Michael Cahill, Sean McCleary (9AM) Norman Clavin (VIGIL) Mary and Finbarr Sheehan, Canon O'Brien, Afram Zaer, Mary Gallagher, Hanna Doona, Julia Doona,, Eileen Fitzgibbon, David Brady. MAY THEIR SOULS AND THE SOULS OF ALL---
Mary ‘s Birthday is on Monday – we honour her as the Lord’s chosen instrument- O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...
Priest: Hear our prayer of Lor for we come to you in utter trust in your loving care. Through Christ our Lord.