Greetings for the summer. See the three PDFs below — the usual notes, the text of Romans 8 (segmented), and a flyer for a programme in Jerusalem in 2018.
Sunday’s readings are most inviting. The marvellous tolerance and hospitality of the parable will surely speak to us today. On the other hand, the reading from Romans 8 — only two verses — is packed with potential for reflection. If I may put it like this: Paul teaches that we do not have to create or generate our relationship with God — the Spirit is already active within and out task is to say “yes” to God’s “yes” in Jesus. For in him every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God. (2 Cor 1:20)
The Gospel notes may be listened to here: https://soundcloud.com/user-679942596/ot16a17.
The Wexford Cycle 2017
Each year, I undertake one charity cycle, in favour of Peter McVerry SJ and his Welcome Home project. If you are considering making a contribution, then click on this link: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/wexfordkieran. The goal is €3000 — the same a last year. Your generosity in 2016 was astounding (€9,700).
Looking ahead to September 2018
In Jerusalem, the Sisters of Sion have a centre for biblical formation. They’ve invited me to give a whole month on the Gospel of John, with the emphasis on dialogue with Judaism. This might be of wider interest so the flyer is included below and here is a link giving further information: http://www.tarsus.ie/page-3/.
Inspired by Romans 8:26-27, my mind turned to the words of the Veni Sancte Spiritus (see below). Here’s a link to an attractive sung version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFH59bW3W3I. The English text is below.
Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
From Thy clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.
Come, Thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure,
Come, Thou Light of all that live.
Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightsome Guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.
Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,
Solace in the midst of woe.
Light immortal, Light divine,
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill.
If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.
Heal our wounds; our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away.
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts descend:
Give them comfort when they die,
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys that never end.
With very best regards to all,
Kieran O’Mahony, OSA