Pastors Desk: Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

Posted 21st October 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 22nd October 2017 - Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

mission-sundayToday over one billion Catholics all over the world will celebrate World Mission Sunday. It was instituted in 1926 by Papal decree issued by Pope Pius XI. So, every year since then the Church worldwide has always used the month of October to reflect and pray for the work of the Missions. On today in particular we are asked to contribute to a collection which is used in the work of evangelisation around the world.

There has always been a long tradition of missionary Sisters and Priests from Ireland going to all parts of the globe to spread the gospel message. With declining vocations and an aging population many have returned home to their congregations and diocese. Now, in 2017 the new ‘missionaries’ who travel from our shores to share the gospel message of love and compassion for our fellow humanity are those of volunteers who work with agencies like Concern, Trócaire, GOAL, Bóthar, etc.

In one of his World Mission Sunday messages, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Churches with a shortage of priests to welcome them from countries where there are many. So, it’s perhaps fitting that on Friday Fr Dominic and Fr Obaldo arrived from Uganda to stay with us while they pursue some studies in DCU. They arrive at a crucial time in the life of Holy Trinity and St Paul’s parishes. I know that they will be welcomed by all parishioners.

In his 2017 message, Pope Francis reminds us that through the proclamation of the Gospel, the risen Jesus becomes our contemporary and that those who welcome him with faith and love can experience the transforming power of this Spirit. That’s exactly what the prophet Isaiah means in today’s first reading when he says ‘I arm you that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that, apart from me, all is nothing.’

Fr Gerry