Pastor's Desk: First Sunday of Lent

Posted 21st February 2015 in Pastor's Desk

temptationThe Gospel today tells us how the season of Lent came about. Jesus, after His baptism in the River Jordan, went immediately into the desert or wilderness. Jesus stays there 40 days and nights and uses this time alone to reflect on His mission and prepare for preaching the Good News of God’s love. While alone Jesus suffers temptation at the hands of Satan and His faith in God is ridiculed. After this period of testing, Jesus began His mission of calling people back to a relationship with God.

Our season of Lent is about pausing and reflecting on our living out of our Faith. There is no doubt that being a person of Faith is very difficult today. There are plenty of people ready to mock our belief in God and sometimes the bombardment can get to us so that we begin to have doubts ourselves. Academics and scientists get plenty of time on TV and radio to undermine what are our core beliefs and suggest that believers are really very gullible people indeed.

Do we have an answer for them? Have we put a bit of thought into why we believe? Why not use this Lent to do that reflection.

Bishop Kevin Talk on Marriage tomorrow evening 7.30pm

I am delighted that Parish Pastoral Council has organised Bishop Kevin Doran to speak in our church tomorrow, Monday evening at 7.30pm on the topic of Marriage & the Family. As a society we will have a referendum in May that could possibly change our Constitutional understanding of Marriage for everyone not just future Marriages. The media is solidly behind the proposal for same sex marriage so those with a different view don’t get the same space in print or on air. They are also greeted with a frosty reception which emphasises the bias towards them. If we want to hear an alternative view to the mainstream media we have to create the opportunities. We invite all to come along Monday evening for such an opportunity.

Fr. Eoin

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