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Do this in Memory programme

The Do this in Memory Programme is a Parish based programme that supports parents and their children who are preparing for their First Holy Communion. There is a monthly Mass with a special focus on the first Holy Communion children. The 10.00 a.m. Mass next Sunday,...

Fourth Lenten Talk, Wednesday, 10.45 am, 3rd March

The fourth in our series of seven Lenten talks will take place this Wednesday, 3rd March, after the 10.00 am Mass. Dr. Fáinche Ryan, will speak on ‘The complexity of truth telling’. Fáinche was Director of the Loyola Institute in Trinity College (2015 – 2020), where...

Change of live streaming company

We have changed our live streaming company from MCN to You will notice now that if you click on ‘Watch us Live’ you will immediately see the sanctuary of the church as viewed through the parish webcam on the website. You can also access...

Lenten Prayer Zoom meeting, Thursday, 4th March

The third Zoom meeting of our Lenten Prayer Group takes place this Thursday, 4th March, beginning at 7.30 p.m. and concluding by 8.30 p.m. We base our prayer on the gospel reading for the following Sunday. You will need to download the Zoom App. If you would like to...

Reflection on Today’s

Gospel Reading

Monday, Second Week of Lent

In today’s gospel reading, we find a number of short, pithy, memorable sayings of Jesus, including, ‘Give, and there will be gifts for you’. Jesus is suggesting that when we give to others, we will usually receive more than we give. It is as if giving to others opens up a space in our lives for God to be generous with us. Jesus is the supreme example of his own teaching, ‘give, and there will be gifts for you’. He gave everything for others out of love, even to the point of accepting death on a cross. His self-emptying gift of himself resulted in gifts being given to him by God and through him to all of humanity. God raised Jesus to new life and in that new life he became the cornerstone of a new spiritual building, the church, the community of believers. In giving all, he seemed to have lost all, and, yet, in reality, he had gained all. At times, it can seem that when we give to others, when we serve them in love, we are losing all, we are missing out in some way. Yet, in reality, we are always receiving more than we are giving. In giving ourselves to others in loving service, God is giving to us in ways we may not fully understand or appreciate at the time. In the words of the gospel reading, a ‘full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over’ is being poured into our lap. Our giving to others always involves some kind of dying to ourselves, and, yet, that dying is life-giving both for ourselves and others. As Jesus says elsewhere, the seed that falls to the ground and dies bears much fruit, or as Saint Paul says in his second letter to the Corinthians, ‘the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully’.

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