John Creighton, Franciszek Pawelski
Mary Foye, Madeline Hall
Pericecao Manteiero, Kevin Gerard Hanley
John Fennelly, Ester Kelly
Edith Brooks, David Griffin
Theresa Higgins, Peter Driscoll
Raymond O’Leary, Evelyn Donaghy
May They Rest in Peace
St. John’s Gospel brings us to the threshold of Jesus’ last week: He poignantly states that the ‘hour’ has come! This is the denouement of his life and mission; he will be raised up and glorified in order to draw all peoples to himself. This is a strangest hour indeed because every reality will be reversed and come to signify its very opposite: dying is living, defeat is victory. For a seed to realise its full and hidden potential it must first die and decompose in the earth so that it may increase and multiply; only then can it release that which is hidden within itself.
The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the new covenant between God and his people which will be planted deep in their hearts. God reveals the wonderful extent of his love for those who are his own, despite their continued infidelity. He declares that their sins will be forgiven and never brought to mind again because, because, with God, what is forgiven is forgotten forever.
This extract from the Book of Hebrews throws some Christian light on the meaning of human suffering. Those who follow try to imitate Christ who learnt to obey through the sufferings he endured. The Cross is the source of salvation – our crosses are part of our salvation!
The meaning of The Cross ~ Christ, the Son of God, came to die once and for all so that all people might live. As he faced into his destiny, His soul was troubled. Yet Jesus knew that the abundance of life that will flow from his death is greater still. His faithfulness to The Father was demonstrated in his willingness to lay down his life so that eternal life could be achieved for all -
Jonathan Eley, Kevin Abedi
Joanne McCann, Wesley Leachman
Bernadette Judge, Annyra Carragher
Gloria Soar, Kim Nichol, Eileen Pinner
Mary May, Michael Clements
In Neighbouring Parishes
I will write my Law in their hearts. See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel (and the House of Judah), but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant of mine, so I had to show them who was master. It is the Lord who speaks. No, this is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive – it is the Lord who speaks. Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people. There will be no further need for neighbour to try to teach neighbour, or brother to say to brother, ‘Learn to know the Lord!’ No, they will all know me, the least no less than the greatest – it is the Lord who speaks – since I will forgive their iniquity and never call their sin to mind.
He learned to obey and he became the source of eternal salvation. During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.
If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest. Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’ Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus. Jesus replied to them: ‘Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life. If a man serves me, he must follow me, wherever I am, my servant will be there too. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him. Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say: Father, save me from this hour? But it was for this very reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name!’ A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ People standing by, who heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours. ‘Now sentence is being passed on this world; now the prince of this world is to be overthrown. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all men to myself.’ By these words he indicated the kind of death he would die.
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Sunday 18th March