July 3rd 2005 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

'Come to me:'
This Sundays Gospel reading is gentle and very consoling. In the time of Jesus the people lived in a very legal and moral world. Rules, laws and regulations made religion strict and was encouraged by the Pharisees and Scribes. At the heart of our gospel story is an invitation to ‘Come to me'. This is a huge shift away from what people would have regularly heard ‘Keep the law'. They now are hearing the words of Jesus ‘Come to me'. These were very significant words by Jesus. Any religion which only works around rules and laws is not a joyful or life giving religion. Through Jesus we discover that far from being burdened we are in fact liberated.
Jesus invites us to take his yoke upon our shoulders. The yoke has nothing to do with an egg but was a wood collar that was placed on the back on ox that pulled a plough. It was always custom made so that it wouldn't bruise or hurt the neck of the much needed and precious ox. Jesus in his own carpentry workshop would have made many of these yokes and it was an image that the people around him would have been familiar with. God's yoke is custom built to fit well into the needs and abilities of each of us.
The words of this Gospel are gentle, consoling and uplifting. It would be lovely to keep these words close and near to us like a gentle breeze in our faces each day – reminding us how close, personal and loving our God is to us.

As we say farewell to Fr. John and wish him well in Blackpool, we welcome Fr. Christy O’Shaughnessy who comes from St. Patrick’s Parish and will be with us on a temporary basis until October.

Ministers of the Word can collect their rotas for the coming weeks in the

Mass Notice
Weekday Mass during the Summer: 10 am.
Weekend Masses: Sat. 6 pm
Sun: 9, 10.30 am & 12 noon
Sat. after 10am & 6pm Masses

Humble people don’t think less of themselves . . . they just think about
themselves less.

We remember in our prayers Mary Quinn, Avoca, Cross Douglas Road, who has died and we extend our sympathy to her family.

Pope John Paul II’s road to Sainthood begins
Prayer for Beatification

“O Blessed Trinity, we thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paull II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ and the splendour of the Holy Spirit to shine through him. Trusting fully in your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession and by your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.”

The official internet site for the cause of beatification of Pope John Paul
II is: www.JohnPaulIIBeatification.org

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