Pastors Desk: Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 30th September 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 1st October 2017 - Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

love-and-supportIn our Gospel reading today, we meet two sons with very different approaches to mission and ministry. One of them agrees, perhaps a bit hastily, to accept the request from his father. Maybe he wants to please him but he certainly does not give himself any time for reflection and later decides not to complete the task.

The other son is also a bit hasty with his decision making but, having thought about it for a while, decides to go and do what he was asked.

At this time of year we recommence various parish groups and activities after the summer break. Many of us will have enjoyed the opportunity over the summer to be out in the fresh air and to have pleasant walks on the longer evenings. As the days start to get a bit shorter, it’s a good time to think about how we can spend some time assisting in our parish community in various ways.

One way we can do this is to pray for the parish and in particular for parishioners who are sick, whether at home, in hospital or in nursing homes. We can ask God to accompany them at this challenging part of their journey of faith.

I think we often underestimate the difference that a smile or a kind word can make to a person. A priest once told me that, even if he was rushing somewhere, he would always try to take time to speak to any parishioners who wanted to have a word with him. And this ministry of listening is there for each and every one of us in the different circumstances of our lives.

Like the two sons in today’s gospel, we too have to weigh up carefully what time and commitment with can give to our parish and to reflect on how our talents and abilities can be of service to our community. And we should remember that even small gestures can be of real benefit to people.

Deacon Gerard Reilly