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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Posted by OLOFC AdminIn today’s Gospel we are back once again with Jesus in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on the evening of the Last Supper as he shares his final thoughts and instructions for the disciples before he is taken away to be tried and put to death. He speaks openly about this to them but at the same time he tries to help them understand that his departure is not only necessary but will ultimately be a great blessing for them and all humanity. Jesus explains how it is necessary for them to let go of his physical presence so that he could give them even greater gifts. They are promised special gifts from the Father, Son and Spirit…The Father’s gift would be an intimate relationship of the heart, with a deep inner sense of his merciful, fatherly love for us. Jesus, the Son’s gift would be his peace, his ‘shalom’ – his own inner strength within us which would allow us to face the crosses and trials of life knowing that he will always be with us. “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid,” he says to each one of us. And the Spirit’s gift would be the light of faith, the inspiration to understand the teaching of Jesus and the very mind of God.Jesus speaks openly to the disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit – who will bring to fulfilment Jesus’ mission on earth. Next Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension – Jesus’ physical return to the Father in heaven 40 days after the Resurrection and in two weeks we will celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost. So we too must firstly “let go” of Jesus before we can receive a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit in our lives. “Letting go” is at the heart of our relationship with God – letting go of our pride, our selfishness, our small-mindedness, our resentments and our sinfulness. Love, if it is true and unselfish, knows how and when to let go. This is a lesson which every parent must learn as their children grow up. As we come to these final days of our Easter journey, may we ask God to help us let go of all that is not of Him in our lives, and so to live more fully in His Spirit.With Easter blessings from Fr Richard, Fr Ephrem & the parish team.
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- Fr Ephrem and the Gheez Rite community as they celebrate their Easter this Weekend.
- All those affected by the war in Ukraine and by conflicts around the world.
- The work of CAFOD, Mary’s Meals and all who challenge global poverty.
- Our housebound and sick parishioners and all who care for them.
POPE FRANCIS ON GOD'S MERCY:
To 4000 prisoners in Bolivia, July 2015: You may be asking yourselves: Who is this man standing before us? I would like to reply with something absolutely certain about my life. I am a man who has experienced forgiveness. A man who was and is saved from his many sins. That is who I am. I don’t have much to give you or to offer you, but I want to share with you what I do have and what I love. It is Jesus Christ, the mercy of the Father.
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