This weekend we turn our attention away from those who are incarcerated in prison to the global Church as we celebrate Mission Sunday, reminding our selves that although we cannot all leave home and go to distant lands as those women and men we call missionaries do so generously, we are all called to be missionary disciples. As Cyrus in the first reading was called by name, so each one of us is called by the same God to live in such a way that we bear witness to our faith. St Paul in the second reading speaks of ‘putting our faith into action, working for love and persevering in hope.’ This reminds us that the Good News is more about action than words. St Teresa of Avila whose memory we kept last Thursday once said, “Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks with compassion upon the world. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.” In these pandemic ridden times the temptation is to concentrate only on the very real problems at home, more infections, insecurity, rising unemployment to name just three. Mission Sunday reminds us that so many of our brothers and sisters, be there in refugee camps, unjustly imprisoned, blighted by hunger or living under unjust regimes, throughout our world are in need of compassion and a blessing which will bring about transformation for good..
Please note that this week the church will be open for Mass at 9.30am on Tuesday and Thursday and at 6.00pm on Saturday.