Pastor's Desk: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone on this Bank Holiday weekend to our Sunday Eucharist. The Readings this Sunday are ones of hope in the midst of difficulty. Our First Reading from Jeremiah speaks to the People of God about their life after their Babylonian exile. In the midst of all their suffering, Jeremiah offers a ray of hope. Despite their faith in God being challenged at the deepest level he foretells of God gathering His people and transforming them from their wretchedness, sickness and despair into a new creation.
In our Gospel, this transforming power of God is shown to the blind beggar Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus is not going to be shut up by the crowds. They see only this annoying beggar and want to save Jesus the hassle of dealing with him. Bartimaeus shouts for all his worth so that Jesus hears him and calls him forward. The people are astounded. This man is the lowest on the pecking order of society and yet Jesus wants to speak to him! Bartimaeus has heard of Jesus and he is not going to let this moment pass, he has faith that his life can be changed by an encounter with Jesus. Jesus’ words to him are; “What do you want me to do for you?” How we would all love to hear those words addressed to ourselves by Jesus. Bartimaeus asks to be able to see. That is something we need to ask for too, not because we are physically blind but we need to be able to see the truth of our situation in life.
There is a beautiful prayer called the Jesus Prayer that you can use when you are praying alone. It is based on this passage of the Gospels and it goes; “Jesus, Son of the Living God, have pity on me a sinner”. Say the words slowly and quietly to yourself a few times, as you settle down to prayer and then sit in silence with the Lord. Allow the transforming power of God into your life.
The Dublin Report
It is disappointing that the publication of the Dublin Report has been delayed still further. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and survivors of abuse by priests of this diocese and the trauma that they are currently reliving as they await the Commission’s findings. Bartimaeus asked that he could see again and for us as a church and diocese we pray also for our blindness to be cured. I remind parishioners who have any concerns in relation to Child Protection or who wish to make a report to the authorities, that they can do so by contacting our Parish Child Protection Representatives at the mobile number listed on this page, or directly to Coolock Garda Station or the Area Social Worker of the HSE whose numbers can be found in the noticeboards of the church doorways.