Pastor's Desk: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 12th June 2010 in Pastor's Desk

‘LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BLESSINGS IN THE STONE’

Two friends were walking through the desert, when at some point they had an argument and one friend insulted the other. The one who was insulted said nothing to the other, but wrote in the sand: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND INSULTED AND HURT ME.

They kept walking and found an oasis where they decided to refresh in the water. The one who was insulted got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but his friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning he wrote in the stone: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.

The friend asked as why he should write down the two experiences in such a way. He replied; When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where the winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.

How good are we at following such advice? There are so many points that we can take from the above story, perhaps the most significant are to let go of those hurts that cause pain for that is the only way to forgiveness/wholeness, and to treasure in our hearts the blessings we receive with love for they remind us of how precious each of us is in the eyes of God.

The gospel reminds us Christ is the forgiver of sins and our faith in Jesus is that which gives pardon to our sins. So if we have sinned or been hurt let us follow the path that leads to healing which is ultimately found in the forgiving presence and person of Jesus Christ, leaving what we need to leave in his caring hands, allowing his power to cleanse our hearts and renew our souls.

‘Forgiveness is given to those who love and if we love Christ then we live a life of peace with God’.

Sporting moment…

At last the World Cup is upon us. For those of us with an interest it’s happy days!!! Anyway my tip to win is England, they are good enough in my opinion if they don’t buy into all the hype that is said and written about them.

Nearer to home, are the Dubs good enough to finally win Sam back? A bit like England if they don’t buy into the hype around them things could happen for them. That’s my humble opinion!!

Anyway have a great week and let’s keep each other in prayer.

God bless,
Fr. Gary

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