Pastor's Desk 30th Sunday

Posted 22nd October 2021 in Pastor's Desk

Today over one billion Catholics throughout the world will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Every year since it was first instituted in 1926 by Pope Pius XI the church has used the month of October to reflect and pray for the work of the missions. Today we are asked to support our Holy Father, Pope Francis’, appeal to support overseas mission and missionaries. This collection takes place in every single parish worldwide where the church is present.

The theme this year is ‘We cannot remain silent – We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard’ (Acts 4:20). This message is twofold. Firstly, it is a message of hope:  a recognition that Jesus Christ is risen, and we cannot keep his love, compassion, and mercy to ourselves. It also challenges us to stand up and speak out on behalf of those who are weaker. Pope Francis reminds us ‘All too often, the voices that need to be heard are not the loudest, for them, we cannot remain silent’.

In many of the poorer parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, it is missionaries who are providing this prophetic voice. Nearer to home groups like Crosscare, Brother Kevin, the Peter Mc Verry Trust, Focus Ireland  speak out on behalf of the homeless and marginalised in Irish Society. They all need our help to carry out this work.

In today’s Gospel we hear how Bartimaeus had his sight restored when he encountered Jesus. We pray that our eyes will always be open to the plight of those who are less fortunate that us and that we will have the courage to speak out and not remain silent.

Fr. Gerry