REFLECTION FOR THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C), Week beginning 26TH JUNE 2022
On this Sunday, 26th June, we return to the Sundays of Ordinary Time – (this being the 13th Sunday), and to Green as the Liturgical colour at Mass.
The first 3 Sundays of June have been major feasts: Pentecost (the 5th); the Most Holy Trinity (the 12th); Corpus Christi (the 19th).
As to weekdays, Monday June 20th was very significant for us – the official 60th birthday of our parish church.
In preparation for that day, over the last few weeks, we have had some sprucing up work done to the exteriors of both church and presbytery, and also much work done in the parish garden.
On Monday 20th, we switched to an evening timing (7.30) for weekday Masses (Mondays to Fridays inclusive). This shall last until at least Friday 9th September.
Our principal work is the installation of a new suspended ceiling in the church. Prior to that, we must have had installed safety handrails along the walkway beneath the rafters. Also, we need to have trays inserted to facilitate future full-scale rewiring.
As a parish, individually and collectively, let us commit and commend these works to the intercession of St. Joseph the Worker. (This was the intention of our Mass on June 20th, referred to above). St. Joseph would have been so influential in the life of the young Jesus and in his teenage years. As we know, he schooled Jesus in the skills of carpentry. (There is also a very strong tradition that this may have included working with stone).
Immediately before this Sunday (June 26th), we had the solemn feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 24th) and Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 25th).
Let us commend ourselves, our families and our parish family to their respective Hearts, in a loving spirit of heartfelt humility.
Jesus and in his teenage years. As we know, he schooled Jesus in the skills of carpentry. (There is also a very strong tradition that this may have included working with stone).
Immediately before this Sunday (June 26th), we had the solemn feast of the