Pastor's Desk: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 26th October 2013 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone to our Sunday Mass on this Bank Holiday weekend. I do hope it will be a restful time for you all. The First Reading and the Gospel pose a pertinent question to us all this Sunday; when you pray before God, do you judge yourself or do you judge others? Jesus in the Gospel tells the Parable of the Pharisee who spends his entire time of prayer looking around himself telling God how grateful he is that he is such a better person than all these sinners who surround him and he hones in on a tax collector nearby who he is particularly disparaging towards. Does that ring any bells for us? How quick are we to run down an individual or a family for their laziness, their appearance, their lack of commitment to Faith or the church? Jesus says of the tax collector’s prayer that it consisted of acknowledging his sins while not even daring to raise his head. So he wasn’t saying I’m a great fellow but was totally honest with himself and God. The Pharisee wasn’t even honest with himself and was so blind to his failings.

Interestingly the tax collector in today’s Gospel is the inspiration for a short but beautiful prayer that has come down to us in tradition and I would recommend it for use in your personal prayer time. It’s called the “Jesus Prayer” and it goes:

prayer

Fr. Eoin

Feast of All Saints

Friday 1st November is the Feast of All Saints and a Holy Day of Obligation to attend Mass. Mass times will be Thursday 31st October Vigil Mass at 7.30pm and Masses on Friday 1st November at 10.00am and 12.30pm.

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