Pastors Desk: Second Sunday of Easter / A

Posted 22nd April 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 23rd April 2017 - Second Sunday of Easter / A

thomasToday we have the amazing story of Thomas who was not with the rest of the disciples when Jesus came. When they told him they had seen the Lord, Thomas declares that unless he can see the Lord himself and put his fingers into the wounds he refuses to believe that he has risen. Some days later, when they are all gathered again, Jesus comes and stands among them. He invites Thomas to place his fingers and hands into his wounds so that his doubt will be no more. Thomas responds with those powerful words ‘My Lord and my God!’. Finally, he has the proof he was looking for. His faith is restored in an instant.

It’s probably correct to say that Thomas was devastated after his experience on Good Friday. He, along with the other disciples of course, had thought that Jesus would always be with him and all his hopes for the future were now shattered. He was disheartened and disillusioned so his initial reaction and period of doubt was understandable.

There are times in life when our faith is often tested by the death of a loved one, or through a painful illness or some natural disaster. In those times when the clouds of uncertainty are around us we often question our faith and the existence of a loving and caring God. However, it’s times and experiences like these that can strengthen our faith so that we enter an even stronger relationship with God.

Lord I believe. May my faith grow even stronger day by day.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Easter Sunday / A

Posted 15th April 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 16th April 2017 - Easter Sunday / A

easter-sunday1On that first Easter day Mary Magdalene went to the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid and discovers that the stone has been rolled back, the linen cloths are on the ground and Jesus’ body is missing. She hurries to tell Peter and John what has happened.

Eventually over time it dawned on them the significance of the teaching of scripture that Christ would rise from the dead.

Easter reminds us that we are a resurrection people. It challenges us to move out of the dark tombs that life situations often create for us and invites us to move forward and out into the light. We do this by freeing ourselves from bad habits, addictions perhaps, anger or bitterness, prejudice. However, it’s not always possible to roll away these ‘stones’ that block our way and prevent us from walking from darkness into light in one go. We should never lose heart but continue our journey onward taking whatever time is needed so that God’s light can enter and dispel the darkness and doubt that may exist.

Easter remind us that every Good Friday we have in our lives will eventually be followed by an Easter Sunday, and that Jesus will let us share the power of his resurrection.

‘I am the resurrection and the life’. Father, increase our belief in the resurrection of your Son so that the joy of Easter may be with us always.

Fr Gerry

Pastors Desk: Passion (Palm) Sunday / A

Posted 8th April 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 9th April 2017 - Palm (Passion) Sunday / A

palm-sundayHaving journeyed through the holy season of Lent, it’s on today, Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday, that we finally enter Holy Week and welcome Jesus into our lives in a special way. Over these days, we ask him to allow us to share in his passion, death and resurrection. Our liturgies in the coming week will afford us the opportunity to experience in our lives today what Jesus went through then. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on our own personal ‘crosses’ and difficulties that life sends our way from time to time. We ask God to help us to carry those crosses with great dignity and never lose heart that he is always there with us during our suffering and pain.

Before his triumphant resurrection, Jesus will have to endure great suffering, ending with his death on the cross. He will be betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter, mocked by others and forsaken by the apostles. He must surely have felt a sense of abandonment by those he loved. It is his mother Mary who stands alone at the foot of the cross, faithful to the end.

At our celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Good Friday we are actively allowing Jesus to forgive our sins, heal the wounds caused in us by our sins and the sins of others, and transform us completely into the image and likeness of God.

‘Come to me all you who labour and I will give you rest’.

Fr Gerry

Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies

Posted 3rd April 2017 in Ceremonies

Please click here for the timetable of Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies at Holy Trinity Parish.

Pastors Desk: Fifth Sunday of Lent / A

Posted 1st April 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 2nd April 2017 - Fifth Sunday of Lent / A

lazarusIn today’s gospel Jesus receives the message from Mary and Martha that their brother Lazarus is ill.

Although Jerusalem is only around one kilometre from the village of Bethany Jesus is delayed getting there and by that time Lazarus has died. Hearing that he has arrived Martha goes out to meet him while Mary stays indoors. Martha tells Jesus that ‘if he had been here her brother would not have died’ but she knows that no matter what he asks God for, it will be granted. Jesus reassures her that he will rise again on the last day. In return Martha expresses her faith in Jesus’ assurance of the resurrection of her brother Lazarus.

Mary then comes to Jesus and he is immediately moved by her tears. He asks where they have put Lazarus body and is invited to ‘come and see’. When he arrives to the tomb Jesus asks for the stone covering the exit to be moved and then cries in a loud voice ‘Lazarus come out’. He miraculously appears and Jesus tells others to unbind him and let him go free.

In these closing weeks of Lent, we pray that we may be able to roll away any ‘stone’ in our lives that is preventing us from being free and living in God’s light. We can all be bound by different chains in life, addiction to drugs, alcohol, gossip, slander, prejudice, hatred and anger etc. Jesus calls us forward, out of these tombs we often find ourselves in from time to time.

Lord, we have been raised to new life with you through baptism!

Fr Gerry