Pastor's Desk: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone. This Sunday is the second last Sunday of the Church’s Liturgical Year. In these last days of the year the readings turn to the end of time and what the scriptures have to say about it. Our Old Testament Reading from the prophet Daniel speaks about resurrection of the dead to a new life. This is the first reference in scripture to a resurrection of the dead and the life that they enjoy. Jesus in the Gospel develops that theme even though he is speaking many centuries after Daniel. Jesus tells us that we will see powerful signs in nature that will indicate that the time is about to come for the whole of creation to end and God’s reign to begin and we should prepare ourselves.
Many people have been led up the hill by modern day prophets purporting to know when the end of the world will come. Some of these leaders have even caused the deaths of many people who thought the time was imminent. Jesus tells us, ‘But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.’
Our job is to be prepared for meeting the Lord by the way we live our lives. There is no need for fear as Jesus wishes all to be saved. All He asks is that we live by the Gospel values.
Peg McEnroe RIP
As parishioners will be aware, my dear sister Peg went to the Lord on the 4th November. I celebrated her funeral rites in Castlegregory, Co. Kerry where the family live. I want to thank all in the parish that have been so kind to me at this difficult time by expressing their sympathy, sending Mass Cards, attending the funeral or keeping the family and I in their prayers. A parishioner asked me, “Who ministers to the minister?” I can tell you I have very much felt the support of your ministry to me at this time. In appreciation Mass has been offered for your intentions.