Pastor's Desk: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 7th November 2009 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone to Mass on the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time. We are now very close to the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year which will end in two weeks’ time with the Feast of Christ the King. In these last weeks of the year, the Church wants us to reflect on the last days; the last days of our own life and also of the whole of creation. What will come of us?

The Readings today speak to us about generosity. In the first reading from the Book of Kings we see a situation that on the face of it doesn’t look like generosity at all. The Prophet Elijah asks a poor widow to use the little food she has left to feed him and not look after herself and her son. A devastating famine has hit the country and the widow is prepared for starvation. Elijah’s request looks cruel. But when we read the whole book we see he was sent to her by God despite the fact she was a pagan. After she takes a huge leap of faith and prepares Elijah’s food, the rains comes down. But she has to contend with her son who is struck ill. Elijah intervenes to God for her and restores him to health. God is generous in searching out this pagan widow and she in turn mirrors that generosity by not thinking of herself and her son alone. The message for us today is that we are called to look beyond ourselves. We failed to do this in the boom years and we are in a sorry place because of it. As we face recession together we need to look out for the widow and orphan, the weakest in our community. This is the challenge for us, to make that attitude the guiding principle of our lives.

Bishops launch Environment Pastoral in our Parish
On Tuesday next 10th November, the Bishops’ Conference of Ireland will launch a Pastoral Reflection on the Environment from our parish. Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel, who is the Bishops’ Conference spokesperson on the Environment, will visit St. Francis of Assisi Primary School in Belmayne for the press conference and will also plant an Ash tree in the grounds of the school. The school was chosen because the Patron Saint of the environment is St. Francis and the Bishops’ document is based on his teachings. The reason for an Ash tree is of course because Archbishop Clifford is the Patron of the GAA and in this 125th celebratory year it is a fitting gesture which marries our concern for the environment with a tribute to an organisation that contributes so much to community life in our country.

Have a great week.
Fr. Eoin

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