Pastors Desk: Fifth Sunday of Easter / B

Posted 28th April 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 29th April 2018 - Fifth Sunday of Easter /B

In this beautiful Gospel from St John, which we read today, Jesus tells us that “I am the vine and you are the branches”. This image suggests that Jesus is especially close to us, as a people he is caring for and is concerned about.

The reading reminds us of the importance of keeping Christ at the front and centre of our lives and remaining connected with him. In our world today, we are always online with mobile phones, iPads and computers. But how much time do we give to being connected to Jesus?

Jesus tells us “if you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.” What an extraordinary promise that is spoken to each and every one of us today.

This passage reminds us of the importance of prayer in our busy lives and also of the need to support each other in a loving way and to remember that Christ is at the very centre of our lives. Through faith, we are all connected as Christian people in the invisible web of God’s love.

In our First Reading today from the Acts of the Apostles, we are told that: “The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up, living in the fear of the Lord, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.”

In our times, let us also pray that we may build ourselves up as a community of faith and be guided by the Holy Spirit as we prepare for the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis in four months’ time.

Last weekend the Archdiocese of Dublin travelled to Knock on pilgrimage and, I am glad to say, Donaghmede parish was very well represented. Our wonderful parish choir did us all proud with their beautiful music which was appreciated and enjoyed by parishes from all over the Archdiocese in the presence of His Grace, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

We remembered Holy Trinity Parish in our prayers at Knock Shrine and asked Our Lady of Knock to intercede for all your intentions.

Deacon Gerard Reilly