Pastor’s Desk: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
During the week I was watching a programme on EWTN the theme of which was based on friendship. That is the importance of having those few people in our lives that we can share with. Feeling that experience of being accepted for who we are, knowing that you can trust another person with what you encounter in life and find joy and support in their friendship. While this is very true, no matter who we are, we all need someone that we can completely be our selves with, I was nevertheless particularly struck by a little quotation that was put up on the screen towards the end of the programme, it read: ‘A friend is one who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love and encourages you with hope’. If we have this in our lives we are truly blessed. To be strengthened in prayer, blessed in love and encouraged in hope means that we are affirmed for who we are, are blessed in our sacredness and encouraged to be the very best we can be. Let us in our own ways thank the good God for the friends he has given us to enjoy life with and in those more tender times to ease our burdens.
Christ feeds us! Through the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes Christ feeds the hungry people, just as He feeds us daily with His Gospel and the Eucharist. We for our part must follow His example and give with a spirit of generosity in our lives. Not to be unwilling to put our selves out for others, to give with a heart and not to count the cost.
Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on; twas not given for you alone.
Pass it on; let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another’s tears, till in Heaven the deed appears, pass it on!
Just another thought………………….
Saturday 8th August sees the return of the Premiership and of course with the notable absence of Ronaldo. For some this will be a painful experience and for others not so painful! It’s a long season ahead of us, but with the progress Benitez and his boys made last year I fully except us to triumph!
Anyway, enjoy the week ahead, keep safe and for those who are travelling you are in our prayers.