Pastor's Desk: Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 5th September 2020 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 6th September 2020 - Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time/A

love-one-anotherThe term ‘duty of care’ is a recent addition to our vocabulary. For example, we can say that parents have a duty of care to their children. Similarly, teachers have a responsibility for the pupils in their class. Anyone in a caring profession has a ‘duty of care’ to anyone whose health or wellbeing has been entrusted to them.

We are living in unusual days and months. The Covid-19 pandemic has made us view life differently and perhaps re-evaluate just what is important to us as families and individuals. Changes to our daily routines, work practices and separation from family and friends have made us re-evaluate the importance of things we simply took for granted in the past.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds those listening that the welfare of all the members of the community, the strong and the weak, is paramount. He tells them that it is important that they support each other and even be prepared to speak out if any of them is going down the wrong path in life. He warns that these words or actions should not be motivated by any sense of malice or some previously held grudge but simply out of love.

In these days of Covid-19 we now have a new duty of care to each other. To socially distance, wear face coverings, practice correct hand hygiene, coughing etiquette. All these measures are designed to help us protect ourselves from the virus whilst at the same time protecting others we may encounter daily. We must not become complacent.

Lord, keep us strong, focused, and sensitive to one another’s needs at all times.

Fr. Gerry C.