Joseph D’Lima, Alfred Dellow, David Anthony
Eric Errington, Frank Chard, Anne Geary
Ray Horan, Bill Croft, Vincy D’Souza
Matthew Spooner, Joseph Hutton, Michael Hanley
Iris Kiernan, Joseph Linale, Gerrard Coffey
Emilio Carvalho, Veronica McCaffrey, Jack Judge
Barbara Ivers, Lee Jones, Katherine Hayes
John Driscoll, Patrick McAleese, Bridget Carolan
Stephen Bullard, Frank McGowan
Mary Gertrude, Josephine Merrigan
May They Rest in Peace
Jesus warned his listeners against a persistent lack of conscience, or even worse, against a good conscience which is too accommodating of vagueness. Using the parable of the Fig Tree, he teaches that, while the sap of life remains in any of us, it is never too late to change, to be converted.
The third important stage in the History of Salvation: Moses is encircled by God just as one might be surrounded by the flames of a forest fire. God sends him back to his brothers who are held in slavery by Pharaoh. This God who sends is a God who acts: he will free his people and lead them to The Promised Land.
1 Corinthians 10:1-
The theme of Exodus is again recalled – it is a symbol of deliverance from slavery and journeying on the path to freedom. Temptation is part of that journey: the Hebrew people gave way to temptation and became lost again. The Christian is also exposed to temptation and to becoming lost in the distractions of life.
God is just and patient – he holds out for his people to convert and conform their lives to the covenant – in the imagery of the parable of the Fig Tree – he patiently waits for us to produce our proper fruit.
Salvina Barber, Mary May
Ann O’Connor, Rosanna Joseph, Richard Lamb
Connie Hall, Jonathan Eley, Annie Childs
Kevin Abedi, Joan Clements, Wesley Leachman
Kim Nichol, Matt Butler, Rachel Rizzo
Enzo Antonella Rizzo, Michael Clements
Leslie Sebastian, Gloria Soar
In Neighbouring Parishes
'I AM has sent me to you'. Moses was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-
1 Corinthians 10:1-
The life of the people under Moses in the desert was written down to be a lesson for us. I want to remind you, brothers, how our fathers were all guided by a cloud above them and how they all passed through the sea. They were all baptised into Moses in this cloud and in this sea; all ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink, since they all drank from the spiritual rock that followed them as they went, and that rock was Christ. In spite of this, most of them failed to please God and their corpses littered the desert. These things all happened as warnings for us, not to have the wicked lusts for forbidden things that they had. You must never complain: some of them did, and they were killed by the Destroyer. All this happened to them as a warning, and it was written down to be a lesson for us who are living at the end of the age. The man who thinks he is safe must be careful that he does not fall.
'Leave the fig tree one more year'. Some people arrived and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’ He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.”’
Third Sunday of Lent
Sunday 24th March