Bulletin 5 May, 2024

May is the month of Our Lady, so we have some Marian hymns for our Masses this weekend

Today’s gospel from St John (chapter 15) is exceptionally rich. May I suggest the following background information to ensure that our Liturgy of the Word this weekend bears fruit in us:

The theme of the extract is love. What is helpful is to take account of the fact that the language in which the gospel was originally written – Greek – has four different terms for love. Storgé expresses the love in family relationships, eg the mutual love of parents and children, etc. Philia is used to express friendship. Erôs expresses love as passionate desire. Agapé is the highest form of love as understood in the New Testament. It is the total self-giving of oneself. It implies respect, admiration, and culminates in adoration. This love is graphically displayed on the Cross, as Jesus gives his life for us. Today’s gospel extract uses this fourth category to express what Jesus has to say about love. The verb agapaw is used throughout. This fourth category does not exclude the other three forms of love, or diminish them in any way. In fact, erôs and agapé can be used of God’s love. Pope Benedict, in his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love, 2006) uses these two terms of God: ‘God loves, and his love may certainly be called erôs, yet it is also totally agapé’.

Impact: By Alpha Youth

Join the conversation on how you and your team can make an impact for Christ in the lives of young people today. Impact is designed to bring those interested in the faith of young people together for a conversation on youth ministry. All who are interested are welcome to attend. To register or to ask any questions please email gerard@alphaireland.org or call 083-0112560. 18th May 2024, 9.30am (beginning with tea/coffee and light refreshments) to 12noon. St Columba’s Church, Douglas

Knock Pilgrimage 1st June. Bus leaves Turner’s Cross at 7.00 am. See notice board.