Pastor's Desk: 4th Sunday of Lent
You are very welcome to this very special Sunday in the life of the parish; it is not because it is the Fourth Sunday of Lent, or Mothers’ Day, although I will say something about each of them in a moment, but because today at the 12.30pm Mass we have the Enrolment Ceremony for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The 6th Class boys & girls from Holy Trinity School and Scoil Cholmcille will be joining us along with their parents/guardians for this special Mass when their names will be presented as candidates to receive Confirmation. This public show of commitment by the parents & guardians means they have decided to request the Sacrament from the Church for their child and we as a Community of Faith want to be a support to them as they prepare their child. Already, the Parish Faith Friends are the public face of the parish journeying with the children as they take this important step. Please remember them in your prayers.
The theme of today’s readings can be summed up in one sentence taken from today’s Gospel: “Yes, God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him may not be lost but may have eternal life.” From the first reading onwards we are reminded that God has, throughout human history, sent messengers to humankind to tell them of His everlasting love for us, and the highest manifestation of this was in the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. The unfortunate thing has been that the response from humanity has not matched the generosity of the gift, and in fact people have walked away from God. This Fourth Sunday of Lent is our opportunity to remind ourselves of God’s gift of love to us and make our personal response in our daily prayer and life.
Finally, but certainly not least, a very Happy Mothers’ Day to all the mother in our Church today. This day gives us all an opportunity to show our appreciation for all that our Mothers do/did for us and the family. Their selflessness, love and support make us into the people we are. It is only a gesture we are making today but we hope it says how mauch we appreciate and love them for who they are.