Pastor's Desk: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 10th September 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Today we join the people of the United States and the rest of the world in mourning the loss of so many lives in the horrific terrorist attacks which took place on September 11th 2001. It is one of those events when everyone can remember clearly where they were when they heard the news. The horror of seeing the planes deliberately crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre still shocks, even to this day. Nearly 3000 people lost their lives and multiples of that number live daily with the consequences of the attacks.

Our Readings today at Mass are very appropriate as they speak to us about forgiveness. They make the point that each of us wishes to experience the forgiveness, understanding and compassion of God, yet we can be slow to offer forgiveness to those who hurt us. In no way am I saying that forgiveness is easy, especially when we see such outrages as happened 10 years ago, but the truth of the matter is that we are the ones who are injured when we wrap ourselves in vengeance. It consumes us and adds to the damage already inflicted.

Gordon Wilson is the great example of forgiveness in my mind. He was injured and his daughter was killed in the Enniskillen bombing of 1987. In the face of such pain inflicted on him he said; “I bear no ill will. I bear no grudge.” We pray that we can learn to forgive for our own sakes if for no other reason.

Have a great week
Fr. Eoin

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