Pastor's Desk: Second Sunday of Lent

Posted 15th March 2014 in Pastor's Desk

transfigurationWelcome everyone to the Second Sunday of Lent. Looking at our Readings this Sunday we see the Gospel tells the beautiful story of the Transfiguration when Jesus, accompanied by Peter, James and John, is revealed in His glory as the only Son of God. This happens in the presence of Moses and Elijah, two great prophets of the Old Testament. Peter’s reaction is the normal one we all have on experiencing something wonderful, he doesn’t want the moment to end. “Let us build three tents” he says. He wants to stay there and enjoy this blissful experience forever. Yet Jesus reminds them they must return down the mountain and continue their journey, a journey that was to lead to Jerusalem and ultimately, to the cross on Calvary.

The message for each one of us is that there are times in our lives when we feel the intimate closeness of God. It might be through a time of personal prayer or at the birth of your child or a time of sickness for yourself or a loved one or in the ordinary day-to-day events of our lives. However we experience the closeness of God; those moments are given to us as peaks, so that we can continue through the troughs that life gives us. We are tempted, like St. Peter, to remain in the happiness and beauty of those peaks but we too must come down the mountain and continue on our way.

Novena of Grace

The Novena finished up on Wednesday evening with Mass celebrated by Bishop Eamonn Walsh, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, and that was followed by a cup of tea and beautiful cakes made by many parishioners. Everyone is saying what a triumph the Novena was from beginning to end. My thanks go to all who played their part each evening and in particular to the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) for putting together a wonderful line-up of speakers. We look forward to next year’s Novena!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!

Fr. Eoin

shamrockMass times for St. Patrick’s Day

Vigil Mass 6.30pm Sunday evening.

Masses on the 17th are 9.30am, 11.00am & 12.30pm.

Please bring your shamrock to be blessed at all Masses.

 

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