31st March, Fourth Sunday of Lent “Laetare” (Rejoice)

Dear Friends,

            You need no commentary on today’s gospel. It echoes the standing of men in the culture, women had no rights to property or ownership. That would not arrive until the middle 1800s in Western Europe and 1948 in the new state of Israel.

The Prodigal Girl

 

Great poets have sung of the beauties of home, its comfort, its love and its joys;

how back to the place of its sheltering dome I welcome the prodigal boy.

They picture his father with pardoning smile and glittering robes to unfurl;

but none of the poets thought it worthwhile to sing of the prodigal girl.

The prodigal son can resume his old place as leader of fashion’s mad whirl,

with never a hint of his former disgrace - not so for the prodigal girl!

The girl may come back to the home she had left, but nothing is ever the same:

the shadow still lingers o’er the dear ones bereft, society scoffs at her name.

Perhaps that is why when the prodigal girl gets lost on life’s devious track;

she thinks of the lips that will scornfully curl, and hasn’t the heart to come back.

Yes, welcome, the prodigal son to his place, kill the calf, fill the free-flowing bowl;

but shut not the door on his frail sister’s face, remember, she too has a soul.

(Anon.)

 

Let us rejoice that women too have rights, love is a two-way street.

 

  • Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:30pm.
  • The Lenten Parish Penitential Rite will be at 7:30pm on April 10th.
  • Please note there will be a retiring collection NEXT WEEKEND (6th and 7th April) for the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi who have survived Cyclone Idai. This will be sent to CAFOD and directed immediately to the emergency. ‘Emergency Response Team’ envelopes available if you wish to Gift Aid.
  • On the subject of Gift Aid, thanks to Tony and Dorothy Duhig and Carmel Rodrigues for their work last week. Thank you to everybody who avails themselves in planned giving and Gift Aid. Your support is much appreciated and you can see the results of 2018 on the yellow folded sheet.

 

Do not let Lent pass you by.

 

 

Finally: Anyone can make a mistake. Only an idiot persists in his or her error. (Cicero).

 

God Bless you all,

Fr John


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