Christ promised: “Where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in their midst”. This is particularly true when the people of God gather to celebrate the eucharist. Christ’s Spirit is then present and active in the community, and is the source of their prayer and praise and the proclamation of God’s wonderful works. Christ speaks to his people in his word and gives himself under the eucharistic signs of bread and wine to the life and food of the community.
How wonderful it is to be reassured by the psalmist David that, “The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.” God’s grace and forgiveness is inexhaustible, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our sins.”
Many Christians have suffered to the point of death at the hands of executioners, (consider the Holy Martyrs.) Many suffer to the point of death at their own hands. All we can say is that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). This may not solve our depression, but it does give us perspective. Even if our depression has caused us enormous doubt, this can be helpful.
Freedom from slavery to decadence requires willingness to examine, apply and obey the word of God daily. This will lead us to the Glory not yet revealed.
As children of God we believe that our world view is filtered through the word of God. Let us become examplars of Gods words. The word of God is as sweet as honey in the mouth, but leave a bitter feeling in the stomach. It offers the opportunity to live through its virtues.
Blessing God's name surely, must be our task today and forever. The favours of the kingdom of God have been revealed by Jesus. Those that don’t listen miss out on the favours of our Lord.
Our perceptions are conditioned by the world around us, we see life as we are, unwilling to change. Let us acknowledge who we are, let us act in humility and ponder on Christ’s message. Through contentment we will find salvation.
You can have flaws, be anxious, and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments.
The Acts of the Apostles tells us of how the ‘many miracles and signs worked through the apostles made a deep impression on everyone’ (Acts 2:43) and we can see today many ‘miracles and signs’ in the way individuals and communities are responding to those who are sick and in need. A heartening community spirit has emerged in response to COVID-19 from the exercise of our God-given gifts; a concern for our neighbours and a sharing of our ‘goods and possessions’ for the common good. We are Easter people and these are our ways.
A reflection from Gerry McGinley, Co-Chair of the PPC
I would like to wish all our parishioners, their families and friends every grace and blessing during this Easter season.
We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.
This is the Holy Father's request for our prayers in April.
Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father's request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month. From time to time, the Holy Father may add a second prayer intention related to current events or urgent needs, like the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is the Holy Father’s prayer intention for March