Pastor's Desk: Mission Sunday

Posted 22nd October 2011 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone as we celebrate Mission Sunday in our Church. Today is an opportunity for us to reflect on the work that is being done in so many parts of the world by Irish Missionaries who are bringing the Word of God and the Sacraments to new communities. On first reflection we need to notice that Mission is a challenge for the whole church and as we look at the church in Ireland we see the need for a renewal of faith and practice here at home. But the challenges which face us at home should not prevent us from being generous to new churches developing around the world, we cannot become insular no matter how tempting that may seem.

Over the years, Ireland has generously sent her daughters and sons to spread the message of Christ as sisters, brothers and priests. Nowadays that missionary activity is more and more being taken on by lay people who wish to give something back for a set period of time. In both cases, the work could not get done without the support from home of so many generous people in the form of prayer and financial support.

At today’s Mass we will take up the annual collection for the support of the Missions instead of the usual SHARE collection. It is an opportunity for each of us to make a real difference to the lives of people in the parts of the world that realistically most of us will never see. In the Gospel Jesus sums up the challenge for his followers as loving the Lord their God with all their heart, soul and mind and loving our neighbour as much as they love themselves. Today we have a chance to do just that.

Have a great week
Fr. Eoin

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