Pastors Desk - The Ascension of the Lord / A

Posted 27th May 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 28th May 2017 - The Ascension of the Lord (World Communications Day) / A

It’s difficult to find words to describe how we all feel after the awful events in Manchester on Monday. Questions flood into our minds, we ask, why did this happen? How could anyone have such hatred for others that would make them want to commit this awful atrocity on innocent children and young adults? Why didn’t God intervene and prevent this? Why?love-one-another2

But, what motivates someone to do this? How could they be so wrongly influenced by an ideology which makes them want to kill and maim their fellow human beings who have done them no wrong? Exactly what is it that feeds or fosters this evil in someone’s heart and mind?

There are many factors, such as ignorance, fear, anger, resentment etc. which can motivate anyone’s actions. But ultimately it is the evil that can exist in a person’s heart and mind that spurs them on this course of action. The events last Monday and in recent times in other places clearly show us that the Devil is very active in our world. Trying to divide one faith against others. One section of society against all others.

But, the response of the people of Manchester and beyond has been exactly the opposite. Because they have come together united in their grief but still respecting each other through their diversity, different faiths and common humanity.

Now, we continue remember all those who lost their lives last Monday. We think of their families in these dark days. We pray for all those who have been wounded and have life changing injuries. May they always hear and know the promise of Jesus in today’s Gospel ‘Know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’

Fr Gerry