Pastor's Desk: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone. Our readings this week emphasise the need for a strong faith, in particular, when there are difficulties to be faced in life. In the Gospel today we hear the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith. This was because they were getting nearer to Jerusalem and the strong forces that were against the message of Jesus were making their presence felt. The apostles were unnerved by this. To date they had been warmly welcomed by the people as they travelled along and Jesus preached his message, but now the leaders of the Jewish Faith make their displeasure known.
In the first reading from Habakkuk writing about 650 years before the birth of Christ it is a similar situation. There are wars on all fronts; the people fear slavery, deportation or death. Their faith in God is shaken. But the prophet proclaims the same message of perseverance in the face of these many trials.
Likewise in our own day we are facing very difficult times as a country and in each household. We can ask ourselves; why is the Lord not answering our prayers? How come people are suffering? Jesus calls the apostles and each one of us to hold firm. Don’t fall away because of these testing times. Our faith will be rewarded. Remember that it is always easy to be a person of faith in good times, when we are enjoying the blessings the Lord sends our way; the real challenge to be a person of faith is when the Lord appears to be distant and challenges are presented instead. Let us pray for a strong faith and constancy in our lives.
Have a great week.
Church Notices, 3rd October 2010
- Today is known across the country as ‘A Day for Life’. The Bishops of Ireland have published a special Pastoral Letter on the meaning of Christian death and care for those who are dying.
- Our Parish Volunteering Sunday will take place next Sunday. In preparation we have a list of groups requiring new members. Please look to see what groups you could contribute to, with your time and energy.
- Donaghmede House has its Annual Art Exhibition this weekend; opening times for Sunday are 10:30 to 5:30 with a Cake Sale from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Admission is free.
- The Irish Catholic is on sale in the Repository. So also is the October edition of The Sacred Heart Messenger and Mass cards for all occasions.
- Envelopes are available at the doors of the church if you would like to support the work of Aid to the Church in Need.