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Sunday Mass Times in Blessington Parish
Blessington
Saturday Vigil 6.00pm
Sunday 10.00am 11.00am 7.30pm
Crosschapel
Sunday
12.00 noon
Manor Kilbride
Sunday
11.00am
Blessington Union of Parishes, Church of Ireland.
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Fr Kevin Lyon. Archdeacon of Glendalough.

The Gospel        John 14:15-21

Jesus said to his disciples: 

‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,
that Spirit of truth
whom the world can never receive
since it neither sees nor knows him;
but you know him,
because he is with you, he is in you.
I will not leave you orphans;
I will come back to you.
In a short time the world will no longer see me;
but you will see me,
because I live and you will live.
On that day you will understand
that I am in my Father
and you in me and I in you.
Anybody who receives my commandments
and keeps them will be one who loves me;
and anybody who loves me
will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him and show myself to him.’

The Gospel of the Lord.    

A REASON TO HOPE

 

One hears to-day of those who for one reason or another have ceased to practice their faith. Perhaps some are still wounded by recent scandals within the Church. Others among us may be attempting to give it another shot when the time comes to hand on the faith to our children, the faith that our parents once shared with us.  Some of those earliest believers had the joy of knowing Jesus and were convinced that he was indeed sent by God for the salvation of human kind. These had the courage to remain even after he was handed over and suffered and died. They believed that he was risen and present to them through the power of his promised spirit.

Others believed and committed themselves to Jesus and the Church based on the compelling testimony of eye-witnesses to the Christ-event. As to-day’s first reading attests, the witness of these earlier believers was so effective that the community soon grew beyond Jerusalem to Samaria. This development produced great joy. No doubt the spirit of joy was contagious and others who witnessed it wanted to discover its source so as to share in the experience. People admired their daring to continue preaching even when threatened by the authorities. Perhaps in their wonder onlookers were prompted to listen and in their listening they too began to believe.

The early believers in Jesus possessed another gift that recommended them and their message to their contemporaries – they had hope. In to-day’s second reading the author of 1 Peter encouraged readers to be ready to explain the reason for their hope. That reason was, and always will be, the person of Jesus Christ, who has loved us and made himself known to us (John 14: 15-21). In the strength of their love and in the power of his presence, we have hope, despite the wars that continue to wrack this planet with pain and grief, despite the calamities of nature, despite the diseases that defy any attempt at a cure, despite the poverty. Despite all those whose sorry lot attests to the weakness of our efforts, we have a living, breathing, loving and caring reason to hope. The witness of our hope can speak louder than any evil and truer than any grief until the One who is our hope comes again. The Spirit is Jesus’ gift, by which we continue to witness to the world and when we are asked for the reason for our joy, our love, our faith, our hope, the answer will always be the same. His name is Jesus. Patrick Kavanagh, poet of Inniskeen, penned it so well. He wrote:

Don’t fear, don’t fear, I said to my soul:

The Bedlam of Time is an empty bucket rattled.

’Tis you who will say in the end who best battles.

                                                                                                                   Only they who fly home to God have flown at all’.

                          
Fr. Kevin Lyon
Archdeacon of Glendalough