Pastors Desk: Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 18th November 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 19th November 2017 - Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

heavenOn this second last Sunday of the Liturgical year we are reminded in today’s gospel of the preparations we need to make to reach heaven. All three readings focus on the invitation to live in such a way that we make best use of the talents God has given us before time runs out.

The first reading from the book of Proverbs suggests that we all should be as diligent and industrious as the faithful wife who uses her God given talents to ‘bring forth good, not evil’. Unlike the man who may have been so scared that he buried the Talent, she takes her gift and is praised for ‘reaching her hand out to the poor’ and extending her arms to the needy.

God has invested heavily in all of us. He has given us all life, and each of us also has a collection of “talents” we can make use of. We all have certain gifts, skills, experiences, resources and abilities that come from God. We should not take them for granted or bury them in the ground out of fear. So, it’s important that we make the best use of these ‘talents’ and use them for the benefit of others.

Saint Paul tells us that the ‘Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night’. With that in mind we need to see every moment as gift from God. We should seize every opportunity to increase the investment that God has made in us so that we may be worthy to hear God tell us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 11th November 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 12th November 2017 - Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

bridesmaidsToday we have the parable of the bridesmaids who go out to meet the bridegroom. We know that some were wise and took extra oil and the others were foolish and made no provision for any delay in his arrival.

In Palestine at that time it was the custom for villagers to line the route from the groom’s house to the bride’s home on the day of a wedding. They would be accompanied by what we call bridesmaids today. As they didn’t know what time the groom would come it was important that they were ready and prepared for the visit. We know what happened in today’s parable and how some were disappointed.

We would never set out on a long car journey late at night with the fuel tank low or almost empty for fear that we might not reach the next filling station in time and be stranded in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road or motorway.

As his followers, that fuel or oil for us is our spiritual relationship with God. It’s easy for us to run out of ‘fuel’ due to our busy lives or wrongly thinking that we are self-sufficient. We need to be better prepared spiritually for that second coming of Christ or the ‘Parousia’ as it is often referred to in Church teaching. But it’s more than just filling up our spiritual lamps once a week. We need to top up that oil daily in prayer and by doing acts of kindness for others in his name. By doing this, we reduce the risk of getting caught out like those in today’s Gospel.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 4th November 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 5th November 2017 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

remembrance1In recent days we have commemorated and remembered all those whose earthly journey has ended and who have gone home to the Lord before us.

On Thursday we celebrated ‘The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed’ or ‘All Souls’ as it is more commonly known. On Friday evening we had our annual Mass of Remembrance for all those who have died in the parish in the last twelve months and who were buried from Holy Trinity. Bereaved families were invited to this special Mass.

Traditionally here in Ireland the month of November has always been the month when we gather at various times and in different settings to honour and commemorate our dear ones who have departed and left this world.

As people of faith, we believe that we will be reunited with them sometime in the future. Each of the Eucharistic prayers we use at Mass has a special mention of all the dead. One of the Eucharistic prayers implores or asks for eternal life, not only for the disciples of Christ who have died in his peace, but for all the dead whose faith is known to God.

May our souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Fr Gerry

All Saints Day

Posted 29th October 2017 in Ceremonies

On Wednesday 1st November we will celebrate All Saints Day which is the universal Christian feast when we honour all Christian saints, known and unknown. The feast is celebrated by all the Christian churches. We will have a Vigil Mass at 6.30pm on Tuesday evening 31st October in Holy Trinity, and Mass will be celebrated at 10am in Holy Trinity on Wednesday 1st November. Mass on Thursday 2nd November, All Souls Day, will be at 10am as usual.

Pastors Desk: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 28th October 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 29th October 2017 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

commandments1Once again, the Pharisees question Jesus in the hope that he will say something they can use against him. They ask which is the greatest commandment of the law. Jesus tells them that the greatest and first commandment is to ‘Love the Lord your God’. We should place God’s will ahead of ours, seek the Lord’s will in all things and make him paramount in our lives. The second is to ‘Love your neighbour’. God’s will is that we should love everyone, seeing him in our neighbour. These two commandments are key to understanding all others.

These two commandments are intrinsically linked. To claim that we love Jesus but not to love our neighbour is not love. To love means that we must make it evident to others. Early each evening under the portico of the G.P.O. on O’Connell Street volunteers gather to distribute hot food and sandwiches to anyone who comes seeking it. While it is amazing to see this example of ‘Agape’ or unconditional love it’s also sad to think that so many are homeless and in need of food in Dublin 2017. This is a very visible and real example of love of God and neighbour in action in our midst. But we must not leave it to others because we are challenged to live out these two important commandments daily and not from time to time when it suits us better.

‘Let us love our enemies, bless those who curse us, pray for those who persecute us. For love will conquer and will endure for all eternity and happy are those who live and die in God’s love.’ (Franz Jagerstatter)

Fr Gerry