Pastor's Desk: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Gospel this Sunday gives us an insight into the extraordinary appeal of Jesus’ preaching. Despite having gone to a “lonely” place by boat so that he and his disciples could be by themselves for a period of time, a huge crowd made their way to this lonely place. Jesus did not get angry with this invasion but began to heal their sick; Jesus had compassion for them.
It is understandable why the people went to such lengths to be in the presence of Jesus and have their sick cured by him. How many of us would travel to the ends of the earth for a miracle cure for a loved one. What is wonderful in this passage is that they were not disappointed. So often we can get our hopes up and be let down with a crash when it comes to illness.
The power of Jesus’ preaching and teaching is still available to us even today through the Gospels. If we open the Word of God, we can hear the anger of Jesus at injustices around him; his compassion for those who are suffering; and his faith in his relationship with God the Father. These were the things that so inspired people to make those arduous treks back then and they are available to us today should we chose to avail of them.
Have a great few weeks everyone. This piece will be updated again in September.
Church Notices: 31st July 2011
- During the month of August, the Parish Office will only be open from 10.30am to 12.30pm each day.
- A reminder that Monday (tomorrow) is a Bank Holiday and so our Mass will be celebrated at the later time of 11.00am after which the church will close.
- The local Conference of St. Vincent DePaul will have their monthly gate collection next Sunday.
- Finally, the Church Repository will be open after our Mass today.