Deaths: We pray for Msgr. Leonard O’Brien, retired parish priest of Clonakilty and former Vicar General of the Diocese, and for Mary Buckley, Capwell Road, who died recently. We extend our sympathy to their families.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul: September Church Gate Collection outside the church at all Masses next weekend 5th/6th September.
Bishop Fintan has asked us to wear face coverings in Church for all Masses and other liturgical celebrations to create as safe an environment as possible in our churches and minimise the possibility of spreading the virus. Children under 13 years of age and people who have received medical advice to not wear a mask are of course exempt.
Jesus tells his disciples that he must suffer and die. Peter protests and receives a strong rebuke from the Lord. We are shocked by the force of that rebuke: “get behind me, Satan!” There is danger ahead, and Jesus and his followers are going to walk straight into it. This was hard for Peter and the disciples to take, and is hard for us. Like the disciples, we must follow Jesus on the road to Jerusalem and take up our cross every day, and anything that gets in the way is not of God.
If as disciples, following Jesus becomes the most important priority in our lives, then we will begin to really live. Following Jesus is not a walk in the park, or a pleasant walk by the Sea of Galilee, but a walk into danger and possibly suffering. It’s not easy, but it is the only way to go.