Pastor's Desk: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 15th August 2009 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone and I hope you had a good week. In our Gospel this week, we continue our reading of Chapter 6 in John’s Gospel, which is a chapter devoted to reflection on Jesus as the Bread of Life. The weekly Mass or Eucharist is the expression of our commitment and faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. At every Mass we give thanks and Eucharist is Greek for giving thanks. Why do we give thanks? It is not as if we are spared from the suffering this world has to offer so why give thanks? Well, it is because at the Eucharist we receive the gift of Jesus Himself without whom it would be impossible to go on. As Jesus says in the Gospel, “I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in you.”

This time of year, people are all heading off on well deserved holiday breaks. We need those breaks to “recharge the batteries” and get ourselves ready for another year ahead. We call this time “recreation”, because we “re-create” our physical and mental selves to the strength they once had. Yet, it is also true that our spiritual selves require just as much “re-creating”. An image I like to use is that of a potted plant in your house. If you want to keep the plant alive you will water it regularly so that it will not dry out with the heat of the house. Our spiritual lives are just as fragile and require regular refreshment. Jesus offers Himself in the Eucharist as that refreshment. For this great gift, we give thanks.

Fr. Bonaventura
This weekend we welcome to the parish Fr. Bonaventura Kamuli, who will be assisting me while Frs. Gary and Patrick are on holidays. Fr. Bonaventura is from Tanzania in Africa and is studying in DCU. He started in the parish on Wednesday but this is his first Sunday among us so please do give him a warm welcome to Holy Trinity Church.

Medical Missionaries of Mary
A reminder that a Sister from the MMM Order will be speaking at all Masses this Sunday about their work and appealing for your support. Special envelopes will be available at the doors of the church after Mass and during the coming week for parishioners who would like to help their work. Please support them if you can.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

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