Sunday 8 September 2019

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23RD WEEK | Week III Psalter

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 9:13-18. Psalm 89(90):3-6, 12-14. Philemon 9-10, 12-17. Luke 14:25-33
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge – Psalm 89(90):3-6, 12-14
‘Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple’

Gerard Manley Hopkins, early in his priesthood, stepped away from his passionate love of writing. He renounced those skills and burnt his poetry. Subsequently, wise superiors advised him to return to his creations and he produced some of his finest poems. One of them is a daily prayer for my friend.

Naturally we love our families and friends and we praise and thank God for their presence in our lives. Jesus asks that we step back from these relationships and speak to him about the cares and concerns that eat up much of our attention. Illnesses, addictions, loss of income cloud a clear vision of Jesus, waiting quietly, waiting to share in the troubles. Being able to speak with him eases the anxious heart. This spring let us determine to celebrate and use our gifts to give joy to someone less able. May our Creator God sustain us in this.

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