Pastors Desk: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 25th February 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 26th February 2017 - Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A
“Jesus is the hand of God’s mercy stretched out towards us”
Pope Leo the Great

Mindfulness is often referred to as a way of living in the present and not being distracted by future or past events outside of our immediate control. One of John Denver’s songs includes the line: “The moment at hand is the only thing we really own.”

In the Gospel today, Jesus is asking us to focus on what is really important. He tells us that “you cannot be the slave both of God and of money” and to “set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well.”

In other words, Jesus is telling us to get our priorities right. This reminds us of the story of Martha and Mary in St Luke’s Gospel where we are told that “Martha was distracted by her many tasks.” Jesus tells her “You are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.”

Jesus is telling us to focus on the values of his Kingdom and on living a good Christian life and that, in return, he will accompany us and he will care for us.

Thomas Merton said: “We all need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of our true self to be heard at least occasionally.”

Lent begins next Wednesday March 1st. It is really important that we give ourselves the time and space in the coming weeks to reflect on the love of Jesus for each and every one of us.

The word Lent is derived from an old English word for spring. You will have noticed the new life of spring literally breaking through in the countryside and in our parks in recent days.

Pope Leo the Great once said, “Jesus is the hand of God’s mercy stretched out towards us”. Let us embrace this mercy during the coming Lenten season.

Deacon Gerard