Pastor’s Desk: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 8th August 2009 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone, and can I say, that it is good to be back after my summer break. I was on a “staycation”, as they are now being called, and spent a bit of time in Donegal and visiting family & friends. That means I was never too far from all the rain we had in July, but still, I had a nice break from the usual routine. I am sure you will all agree that Fr. Gary did an excellent job minding the parish, and this column, in my absence. Thanks Gary, and we wish him all the best for his break which begins this weekend.

Our Gospel reading this Sunday continues the reflection on Jesus as the “Bread of Life”. The Jews complain that Jesus dares to say that he has come down from Heaven, who does he think he is? They say how they know his father and his mother; there is nothing special about him. There is a human response going on here, at times we hate to see someone get beyond themselves. Yet Jesus continues to generously offer himself to them, even to the point of giving his flesh “for the life of the world”.

We gather around the Table of the Lord this Sunday, and every Sunday, to be nourished by the Bread of Life. There are times when, like Elijah in the First Reading, we have had enough and it is difficult to keep going. But without the spiritual food of the Eucharist we will not have strength for the journey. “Eucharist”, means “to give thanks”, so let us consciously say “thank you” to the Lord for His presence to us as the Bread of Life.

Finally… Fr. Gary gave us his musings on the Championship each week in this column and God knows we all had great hopes for last Monday. It was a devastating spectacle for us Dubs but all credit to Kerry for the way they went about their business. I am sure Fr. Collins is smiling in Heaven since the match. I believe the Dublin/Kerry games were a particular favourite of his! For Dublin, it is back to the drawing board.

Have a great week and keep safe.

Fr. Eoin

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