TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B. 11TH OCTOBER 2015.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear people,
We have come again to the Gospel of the rich young man.
He was a truly a fine young man. However, he knew that there was something missing from his life and with sincerity came to our Lord not to show off but to seek an answer. The question is fundamental for us all - "WHAT MUST I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE?" In other words what do I have to do if I want to get to Heaven in the end? Well our Lord tells him that he must keep the Commandments and our Lord begins to summarise them. This summary is a good quick examination of conscience for us for going to Confession, I would suggest, for it is from our Lord's very own lips.
The question remained unresolved in the rich young man's mind though. He kept all these commandments he tells Jesus. Saint Mark then reveals to us a very significant observation. He tells us that the Lord looked at him steadily and loved him and said : "go – and sell what you have give to the poor and then COME AND FOLLOW ME."
What an invitation. This was the very feeling in his heart and soul which was meant to draw him to a new vocation – to be an Apostle or a Disciple. This would have fulfilled an already very good life. But guess what? He messed it up. He had that one golden opportunity to respond to this great longing in his heart which would have been perfected and fulfilled in following the Master but his wealth was his obstacle. It was not his downfall. He remained a good lad surely but not the Apostle he was called to be.
Strange isn't it – our human free will? Judas said "YES" and then betrayed the Master and this young man said neither yes nor no but let his face say it. His face- full of expectation and joy in the Divine Presence of Jesus our Lord – fell at the challenge our Lord's invitation held out and he walked away to resume his good life. Surely he is in heaven now for he did keep the commandments and our Lord did look steadily at him and loved him.
When our Lord reflects with the apostles after the young man's refusal about the problems people who have a lot of possessions have, in getting to heaven they were dismayed for to them, being rich was a sign of Divine favour. Our Lord reverses this Hebrew Tradition. No – he tells them it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a Needle (one of the smallest gates in the wall of the City of Jerusalem) than for a rich man to get to heaven. So the Christian tradition begins that poverty and simplicity are Godly and good and more likely to get you to heaven than had otherwise been thought. It is still difficult for the really rich isn't it? To be a saint and a millionaire – is very difficult. Riches can drag you down and divert you from the pathway to God and delay your pilgrimage through this world to the kingdom of heaven. You can build your security on money and not on God. Paul Getty wrote a book –The Curse of Riches and showed just how his family had suffered terrible tragedies because of their great wealth. It is difficult but – our Lord says - not impossible. Our Lord was born poor and remained poor for our sake and for our salvation. The saints who were rich like St Edward the Confessor who was King of England used his wealth to build churches and religious houses and hospices to God's honour and glory. St Kentigern was of Royal stock and gave it all up to be a monk. So there we have it. Let not our lack of riches hold us back or our surplus wealth draw us away from God's loving Providence.
Father Tom Connolly
MARIAN PROCESSION. THE BISHOP WAS MIGHTILY IMPRESSED BY YOU ALL AND THE ORGANISATION AND THE SHEER SIZE OF THE NUMBERS AND THE MIXTURE OF AGES AND RACES AND THE SIGN OF FAITH AND LOVE IN THE PRESENCE OF SO MANY WITH OUR LADY OF RECONCILIATION IMAGE CARRIED SO REVERENTLY. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE VITAL PARTS YOU PLAYED AND TO THE FRATERNAS COMMUNITY FOR BEING THE GREAT MOVERS.. I WAS EVEN OFFERED WATER EVERY 20 MINUTES BY TEENAGE WATER CARRIERS!!
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Bidding Prayers 28th B 2015
Priest: God the Father fills us with his kindness and makes us glad. Confiding in the gracious care of the Lord we offer him our prayers for the Year of Mercy.
Reader: That the Year of Mercy will rouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the virtue of Mercy in fullness and with renewed conviction.
That all will work together against the threats of secularism to the rights of conscience and religious freedom. Lord in your mercy.
That the Synod on the Family may progress the love and fervour for Christ in family life. Lord in your mercy.
For families: for our First Communion candidates, that they will live in God and grow in his love. Lord in your mercy.
For those suffering from debilitating illness or chronic pain: that God in his tenderness and compassion will stay close to strengthen them and up lift them and we pray for: Peter Ramsbottom, Jim Mahon, Patrick Mahoney, Mrs Keegan, Michael Nolan, Ronnie and Mary Molloy, Pat Snype, Ann Brady, Elizabeth Layden, Annette McHale, Sean Ward, Martin Maher, Mary Fitzpatrick. Lord in your mercy.
For those whom God has called to himself this week that they might gaze upon the Beatific Vision in heaven and be happy forever: Mrs Mary Molloy (Monday at 12), Kirsty Rafferty, Paddy McBride, Christina McDermott, Joseph Moore, Father Patrick Early AND All those whose anniversaries fall about this time: Owen Breheney (VIGIL Month's Mind), Ann Bowens (11am), John Morris (Junior) May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God.
Mary is the Morning Star of the original Proclamation of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ- - O Mary Conceived with out sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace...
Priest: Loving Father, we can do all thinks in him who strengthens us - Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.