26th July 2020 – 17th Sunday Ordinary Time (A)

WHAT REALLY MATTERS        As our Coronavirus restrictions continue to ease, perhaps we would do well to look back on the past few months, remembering those who have died, those who have suffered in so many ways, and to pray for them.  As reflect on our lock-down experience, we might remember the words spoken by Pope Francis on 27th March when he imparted a special Apostolic Blessing from a dark, rain-soaked and empty St Peter’s Square, a blessing on the city and the whole world, urbi et orbi.

The Pope said that we found ourselves afraid and lost, like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. The storm exposed our vulnerability and uncovered false and superficial certainties around which we construct our daily lives, our projects, our habits and priorities. The stereotypes with which we hide our egos, always worrying about our image, have fallen away, letting us see our blessed common belonging, our belonging to each other as brothers and sisters.                                                                                                                             He told us that this is a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not.  It is time to get our lives back on track with regard to the Lord and each other.

  Seeing Life through the Lens of the Gospel  Matthew 13:44-52.
The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is when God is really the ruler in our life. What treasures have you obtained when you allow God to be at the centre of your life?
In life, we gather a lot of things, some good and some bad. The wise person in the kingdom of heaven is one who knows how to sit down and make decisions on what to keep and what to discard. When have you undertaken that kind of discernment? What have you discarded? What have you retained?
John Byrne OSA

Deaths: We pray for Sr. Betty Lyons (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady), Baton Rouge, Louisiana and late of Friars Walk, Maura Moriarty (née Máire Bheag O’Shea), late of High Street, and Mary Coughlan, Colleras, Goleen, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.

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