27th August, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

 Jesus today enquires of the disciples, “Who do people say I am?” or what is the word in the street about me. We should not belittle this question, Jesus was well aware of the wisdom and shrewd judgement of the community. So it was and always shall be, dismissed at your peril. There were a variety of answers to what Jesus asked that reminded them of different Old Testament figures. Jesus then asked Peter who replied, “You are the Christ, Son of the living God.” We can look on this in many ways, but to me it seems an act of spontaneous faith like the Canaanite woman who loved her daughter and sought a cure in last week’s gospel. True Jesus said, “It was not flesh and blood that caused you to say this but my Father in heaven.” I think this is a marvellous example of what St Paul would later talk about in Romans 8:26 “The Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words….the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way we could not put into words….”

Be of good heart, we are baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Your words won’t be wasted. That is why Jesus was able to say to Peter “it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you…”

 

  • I had a really marvellous holiday in Castletownbere with the extended family and more on the way. Hard to imagine I was that young once.
  • My very grateful thanks to Fr Dan Donoghoe and the Salesian Community for their help. Also on your behalf to all parishioners who took liturgy and responsibility for the safety of the church and to Helen who was dumped in at the deep end and did a marvellous job.
  • We celebrated the Parish Feast of the Queenship of Mary on Tuesday. All were prayed for, keep it going.
  • Great strides are being made in the hall and it is hoped to be finished by next weekend. A terrific job and I am sure you will like it. In a major way it will help us in the area of parish life in general. I hope you will get involved in some area of parish life that will help you and the community.
  • On Thursday of this week, at 10.30am the Requiem Mass for Teresa Andoya RIP.
  • ‘My Day by Day’ scripture readings for September in the porch also the A&B News

 

An Irishman bought a sports car to recapture his youth and drove at 120 mph. Then he saw a police car behind him, blue lights flashing. “I’m too old for this nonsense” he thought so he pulled over. The police officer said “Sir, my shift ends in 10 minutes. If you can give me a good reason why you were speeding I’ll let you go.” The man said, “Years ago my wife ran off with a policeman. I thought you were bringing her back.” “That’ll do.” Said the policeman.

 

This reminds me that I am due to attend a speed awareness course soon –got caught by a camera.

 

                                                                        God Bless You All

                                                                                    Fr John


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