Message from Fr Joe (16th/17th July 2022)

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

When we offer hospitality, we can be entertaining God in the guise of a person. This is what happened to Abraham and Sarah, when they welcomed the three strangers at the Oak of Mamre. Abraham displays the warmth of Bedouin hospitality to travellers in hot desert places. The visitors are given water to wash and drink; the very best of food and are entertained while eating. Abraham and Sarah are promised by the visitors that one year from now, they will have a son. Even though Sarah was beyond child-bearing age and Abraham would be the Father of many nations. It seemed impossible and yet the news was the fulfilment of all their dreams.

The Gospel tells a similar story of hospitality as Jesus visits his friends, Martha, Mary and Lazarus at Bethany. It is a great gift to welcome Jesus into their home – but it’s also a challenge. Martha, who is busy offering hospitality to Jesus, seems to be rebuffed by him. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening to his every word.

The challenge is about being active in our lives as followers of Jesus and also having the time to listen and reflect on Jesus’ words. Both are equally important.

Our world today is one in which hospitality is much needed. I understand that the murdered MP Jo Cox, had launched a Commission on Loneliness shortly before her death in June 2016. John Cacioppo was a leading researcher on loneliness died recently. Both Cacioppo and the Cox Commission believe that the number of adults suffering from loneliness is in the region of 9 million people. The side effect of loneliness comes more deaths than many other diseases. It is linked with psychological problems like, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders and depression. (Have a look online at that the medical people say).

This challenge is for us, as for Martha, Mary and Abraham!! The loneliness of people has been highlighted by Covid-19 pandemic; so many people are isolated in their homes; the disabled or elderly; the homeless person we pass in the street. As we look further, we see the refugees leaving everything behind and fleeing war, oppression and suffering. Wherever we look, there is a call to share and befriend. What is often need to start with is a listening ear and to hear their stories and extend a welcoming hand.

WELCOME to Fr. Marcel Kofon, who arrived during the week to help out while I’m in Ireland. We hope he enjoys his time with us. Look after him!!

Fr Samuel Danso will be with us on Tuesday for a couple of weeks.

Have a good week and summer holiday, God bless.

Fr. Joe

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

When we offer hospitality, we can be entertaining God in the guise of a person. This is what happened to Abraham and Sarah, when they welcomed the three strangers at the Oak of Mamre. Abraham displays the warmth of Bedouin hospitality to travellers in hot desert places. The visitors are given water to wash and drink; the very best of food and are entertained while eating. Abraham and Sarah are promised by the visitors that one year from now, they will have a son. Even though Sarah was beyond child-bearing age and Abraham would be the Father of many nations. It seemed impossible and yet the news was the fulfilment of all their dreams.

The Gospel tells a similar story of hospitality as Jesus visits his friends, Martha, Mary and Lazarus at Bethany. It is a great gift to welcome Jesus into their home – but it’s also a challenge. Martha, who is busy offering hospitality to Jesus, seems to be rebuffed by him. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening to his every word.

The challenge is about being active in our lives as followers of Jesus and also having the time to listen and reflect on Jesus’ words. Both are equally important.

Our world today is one in which hospitality is much needed. I understand that the murdered MP Jo Cox, had launched a Commission on Loneliness shortly before her death in June 2016. John Cacioppo was a leading researcher on loneliness died recently. Both Cacioppo and the Cox Commission believe that the number of adults suffering from loneliness is in the region of 9 million people. The side effect of loneliness comes more deaths than many other diseases. It is linked with psychological problems like, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders and depression. (Have a look online at that the medical people say).

This challenge is for us, as for Martha, Mary and Abraham!! The loneliness of people has been highlighted by Covid-19 pandemic; so many people are isolated in their homes; the disabled or elderly; the homeless person we pass in the street. As we look further, we see the refugees leaving everything behind and fleeing war, oppression and suffering. Wherever we look, there is a call to share and befriend. What is often need to start with is a listening ear and to hear their stories and extend a welcoming hand.

WELCOME to Fr. Marcel Kofon, who arrived during the week to help out while I’m in Ireland. We hope he enjoys his time with us. Look after him!!

Fr Samuel Danso will be with us on Tuesday for a couple of weeks.

Have a good week and summer holiday, God bless.

Fr. Joe

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