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THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
Posted 22 May 2016, 11:29 by OLOFC AdminToday we celebrate Trinity Sunday, a special day given to us to reflect on the great mystery of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – from whose love each one of us comes and to whom we are called to return. This may all seem like a mystery far beyond our human understanding but one of the most important parts of Jesus’ earthly mission was to help us understand better and enter into a deeper relationship with God as Father, Son and Spirit.I remember once hearing a priest talking about how his favourite image of the Trinity was the ocean. Perhaps each of us has sat on a beach to contemplate the sea and ocean. Its depths are an awesome mystery; yet one of the most intimate experiences we can have is to let ourselves be held in its waters and float gazing up at heaven. A stormy sea shows terrifying power; yet to sit and watch a calm ocean sunset is an experience of pure peace. The mysterious depths of the ocean are like the almighty Father from whom the Son proceeds like the incoming tide. In time this tide reaches the shore just as the Son was sent to the earth in our flesh. The marks and lines of our work and play on the sands of the world are totally erased under every high tide. We can think of the work of Jesus as a daily cleansing wave of mercy and forgiveness on the sands of our lives. When its mission is fulfilled, the tide then dies away and returns to the ocean – just as the Son returns to the Father. Science tells us that the tides are governed by the magnetism of the moon but perhaps we can think of this ebbing and flowing between the Father and Son as the power of the Holy Spirit who has since the dawn of time hovered over the waters as the breath and love of God. Most importantly, this dynamic movement and power of the Trinity is not something we are to passively contemplate – through the power of the Sacraments this divine life is alive within each one of us. As Jesus himself says: “I am in the Father and you in me and I in you.” (John 14:20)With blessings from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.
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- Our Confirmation candidates who are being confirmed this weekend.
- All those affected by the Egypt Air plane disaster.
- The repose of the soul of Fr Fred de L’Orme who died last week.
- Our housebound and sick parishioners and all who care for them.
POPE FRANCIS ON GOD'S MERCY:
I am often asked, “What should I do during this Year of Mercy?” Well, the most important thing is to open yourself to the mercy of God, open up your heart, and allow Jesus to come toward you in the confessional. And then be merciful to others in your daily life as God is merciful to you.
Pope Francis 2016
PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY
THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To shelter the homeless
To visit the sick
To visit the imprisoned
To bury the dead
THE SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
To counsel the doubtful
To instruct the ignorant
To admonish sinners
To comfort the afflicted
To forgive offences
To bear wrongs patiently
To pray for the living and the dead