11 Sep 2011

September 11th 2011 - Twenty- forth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

On this weeks programme Stephanie O'Donnell takes us through what Youth 2000 Ireland got up to during the summer, Fr Frank Duhig takes us through this weeks gospel as well as our regular Saints of the week as well as some local notices.
This weeks progromme is also available on podcast.

Youth 2000 Ireland

Following on from the update we had a few weeks back from Limerick Diocesan Youth Mnistry, Stephanie O'Donnell brings us an update on the activites of Youth 2000 Ireland this week and the busy summer of events that Y2K had including the Clonmacnoise Summer Festival and Y2K participation in World Youth 2000.

Clonmacnoise 2011 - Summer festival was held this year with over a 1,000 young people present from all over Ireland. The talks this year included "Faith in trying times", relationship issues, pro-life talks and talks from various religious about their faith journey's. The festival culminated at the Healing and Reconciliation Service held on the Saturday evening.
  • Youth2000 website
  • Limerick group meet in the Domincan Church on Glentworth St on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm. Contact is Donal at 0868144783
  • Lisnaux group meet weekly andthe contact is Ann Crowly at 0864082389.

Gospel Reflection - Matthew 18:21-35

This weeks passage is focused on forgiveness and this weeks discourse from Jesus is prompted by a question from Peter. Peter had thought by allowing forgiveness seven times he was being very generous but Jesus knocks us back and reminds us of the infinite mercy of God which we are called to imitate which is limitless.The parable is a deliberate exageration concerning the amounts of money to bring across to us the contrast between our generosity in forgiving others and the infinite generosity of God.

It is also a reminder of the impact of the Our Father which we pray so often where "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us". Do we really mean and implement that prayer which is so familar to us, perhaps too familiar?

The process of forgiving one another, where we really seek to do so, takes time, it is not going to happen straight away. It also requires the aid of God to help us to forgive through prayer and reflection, so that we can reach out in forgiveness to the person who has done us harm.

Other reflections on this weeks gospel:

Saints of the Week

September 12 - St Alibhe, Patron of Diocese of Cashel & Emly
September 13th - St John Chrysostom
September 14th - The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 15th - Our Lady of Sorrows
September 16th - Pope St Cornelius and St Cyprian
September 17th - St Robet Bellamire SJ

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