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A Few Words from the Fr Joe

Last Sunday, on the Feast of Pentecost, I noticed seven red Confirmation banners hanging from the balcony in Mount Merrion church. I didn’t notice them coming in, as they were not in view, but for everyone processing out at the end of Mass they were clear to see. They are a development of the spiritual gifts found in the writing of the prophet Isaiah. They are wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence, wonder and awe. As you walk out of the church having celebrated the great feast of the Holy Spirit, you conclude the long journey through Lent, Holy Week and the 50 days of Easter, and you step into ‘Ordinary time”. These words both guide and inspire, they speak to our minds and our hearts, and undoubtedly, they challenge us be alive and active in all matters of faith and Christian life. Wisdom will lead us to charity, understanding to an ever-deepening faith, right judgement to making prudent decisions, courage allows us to act, knowledge gives us hope, reverence leads to justice, and wonder and awe allows God to surprise us over and over again. The last words of the Mass still echo in our minds, ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord’ and as we glance up the banners remind us just how totally absorbing of mind and heart, that task will be. There is no doubt we couldn’t do any of this alone, it is the Spirit working in and through us that allows our personal faith journey to be alive and active. Working together, with this Spirit in our hearts, we can in fact make disciples of all nations, and proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Fr Joe Mullan

 

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