Pastor's Desk: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone as we gather for Mass on All Ireland Football Final day! Our prayers will very much be with Dublin as they face the men of the Kingdom in Croke Park today. We have waited a long time to be in the final let alone win one so our best wishes go to Pat Gilroy and the squad.
And the readings might give us inspiration too! The Gospel sees Jesus tell the parable of the generous land owner who goes to the market place to offer work to men standing looking for a days’ work. The ones chosen early are the fit and able; as the day wore on, only the weak and feeble are left. When the men lined up to receive their pay, starting with the late arrivals, amazingly the land owner pays them one denarius, exactly what was promised to those who started from early morning. The early workers anticipate that he will pay them more than the promised denarius for all the work they have put in but disappointingly, he pays them exactly what he promised, one denarius.
The message that Jesus teaches is that God can be as generous with His salvation as he wants. His promise is the same to those who have lived a full life of faith just as much as to those who have recently repented and converted. Jesus sums it up by saying, “the first will be last and last first”. Let’s hope that that is true in the Final as well with Kerry very much the favourites!
Have a great final!
The Eucharistic Congress Bell will be on pilgrimage through the parishes of Howth Deanery next weekend. Our parish will receive the Bell at 6.00pm on Monday 26th September until 8.00pm. We will have more details next Sunday but keep yourself available to join us for a period of prayer and reflection.
Visiting the Sick and Housebound
If you would like Fr. Eoin or Fr. Gary to visit a sick or housebound relative please ring the Parish Office with your contact information. The number is 847 9822.