Posted 21st January 2017
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Pastor’s Desk 22nd January 2017 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / A
In this week of prayer for Christian unity we hear St. Paul in today’s second reading appeal to his followers to stand united in their practice and beliefs and to put aside any disharmony that may have arisen between them. He points out to them that they are united by the Good News that Christ sent him to share with them. In the past, too often, the Christian churches have been divided on different issues instead of focusing on what unites us all as followers of Jesus Christ.
In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus clear call to ‘Repent, because the kingdom of God is close at hand’. He then invites Peter and Andrew, then James and John to ‘follow me’. We are told that they left what they were doing immediately to follow him. They must have been wondering what Jesus meant when he told them he would make them into ‘fishers of Men’. Can you imagine if someone was to come along to any of us today and invite us to leave all we had to do the same? Would we respond freely to their request?
In a world where contracts and conditions of employment are very important today, it is amazing is that the disciples responded without questioning. They followed Jesus in the knowledge and trust that he would not abandon them. These ordinary men with no special training were given the job of bringing the knowledge and love of God to the whole world.
That responsibility to share the message of the Gospel with others in now in all our hands as the modern disciples. We are challenged to bring Gods love and compassion to all we meet in our daily lives.
Posted 14th January 2017
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Pastor’s Desk 15th January 2017 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / A
When John sees Jesus coming towards him he is quick to proclaim ‘Look there is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’. He tells them that Jesus was the one he spoke of when he said that someone was coming after him who was far greater than he was. It’s almost as if John the Baptist is saying that his task is now complete and that it’s up to those listening to decide for themselves if they want to become followers of ‘the Chosen one of God’.
Through the sacrament of baptism, we are all called to be Jesus modern day disciples and his witnesses by the way we live our lives. That seed or gift of faith which was planted back then requires a loving personal response from us. Our faith is not something that we live out in isolation from the wider world. We are called to be ministers of his love and show compassion to those we meet daily. Bearing witness to Christ is an active, not passive, lifelong task. By doing so we can also draw or invite others to ‘come and see’ and hopefully respond to his lifelong invitation.
May that flame of faith we all received at baptism burn brightly in our hearts at all times.
Posted 7th January 2017
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Pastor’s Desk 8th January 2017 - The Baptism of the Lord / A
The Feast of the Lords Baptism marks a significant time in Jesus Life. He leaves his private life behind in Nazareth to begin his public ministry. Joining the queue of sinners, he waits to be baptised by John in the Jordan. John is reluctant to baptise him, as he was the sinless one but eventually gives in to Jesus request.
We are told that as Jesus is leaving the water something truly amazing happens. The heavens opened and God the Fathers voice echoes from above confirming ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on him.’ That favour is echoed in every Christian Baptism always.
Today’s feast is also a powerful reminder of the significance of the gift of Baptism that most of us received as infants. It was the beginning of our journey in faith with God and other members of the Christian family. It challenges us to live Spirit filled lives guided by God alone. It reminds us that we have responsibility to respect, love and care for our fellow humanity and the world in which we live.
Today, we have invited the families of everyone who was Baptised here in Holy Trinity in the past year to come along to the 12:30 mass and give thanks once again for the gift of faith that they have handed on or received themselves.
The New year also give us the opportunity to review our commitment to God in our lives and reflect on how that fits into the wider Christian family.
Posted 31st December 2016
A special Last Light Ceremony will be held in the Church today Saturday 31st December (New Year’s Eve) from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Please join us as we give thanks for the blessings of the year 2016 that is just ending, and as we invoke God’s help for the New Year of 2017.
Posted 24th December 2016
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Pastor’s Desk 25th December 2016 - CHRISTMAS DAY / A
There is hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear or read something about the effects of homelessness in the country. From families living in hotels or hostels to those who are sleeping rough in doorways in city centres. The politicians on all sides seek to score points off each other by criticising their opposing numbers’ policies on social housing etc. Local authorities throughout the country are in the line of fire, rightly or wrongly, for not doing more to provide homes for those who are vulnerable in society.
The story of homelessness goes back to the first Christmas and beyond. Mary and Joseph had the bitter experience of having doors closed in their faces when they sought shelter. Perhaps the Inn keepers thought they might get a better rent from the next person. Something that may resonate with some of us today. Eventually it would be the animals who would give up their manger for the child Jesus.
Today, as we kneel before the Crib and offer a prayer to the Infant Jesus we think of those are homeless or sleeping rough at this Christmastime. We remember the members of our families who are no longer with us, those who grieve their loss and find the going tough as a result of their absence. We think of families in war torn parts of the world whose only Christmas wish might be that their Children may grow up safely in a world where there is peace and respect for the dignity of all human life.
May Christ fill all our hearts and homes with his love at this Christmastime.