Today is the 24 Sunday in Ordinary Time: “Forgive your neighbour the hurt he/she does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven” (Ecclesiasticus 28:2). We hear those words in today’s first reading and the consoling words from Psalm 102 that God does not “treat us according to our sins nor repay us according to our faults” Jesus in the Gospel today calls us “each to forgive your brother or sister from your heart” (Matthew 18:35).
“Forgiveness is for losers” was the title of car racing computer game in 2005. The aim of the game was to exact revenge on your fellow motorist in the worst possible way. But the Christian Gospel calls us to act differently.
When we are hurt by others, it is easy to either run away, keep quiet, excuse it or even collude with it in order to find some way of reducing its power in our lives. It is also easy to retaliate by attacking those who have wronged us.
On the 8th June 1972 during the Vietnam War children fled the village of Trang Bang down Route I their bodies seared by napalm. One young girl was photographed by Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut, an AP photographer. The girl’s name was Phan Thi Kim Phuc. She was nine years old. She needed 17 operations on her body. Now she is a Canadian citizen and is a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO and a motivational speaker. As a Christian she learned the power of forgiveness as she sat on her own in a church in Saigon. She told Vietnam veterans at Washington that if she was to meet with the pilot who dropped the bomb that caused such horrific injuries she would say; I would tell him that we cannot change history, but we should try to do good things for the present and for the future to promote peace!” She later said; “I have lived with my pain; I know the value of love when you want to heal. I have lived with hatred, and now I know the power of forgiveness. Today, I am alive, I live without hatred, without the spirit of revenge, and I can tell all those who caused my suffering: I forgive you. That is the only way to save peace, to speak of tolerance and non-violence. To have wrong done to you and not to forgive makes you a victim rather than someone who can bring about change for the better.”
Whenever we gossip, stereotype others unfairly, sulk, apportion blame, let bitterness, take over our relationships or talk the language of hate, we have rejected forgiveness and have instead opted for “preferring darkness to light!”. To choose this as a lifestyle option is to lose our humanity, to choose death instead of life. The readings of Mass today clearly draw out for us another way of acting that is Christ-like. Thank God the Spirit of God helps us to live this alternative life-style!
Thanks for the collections at our Sunday Masses, donations and for the wonderful help of our ushers and ministers of the Eucharist. Thank you to September’s church cleaning group for their hard work.
Feasts of the Day: Monday: The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: A feast that is especially dear to all Passionists. St. Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, found the true Cross around this date in 320 AD. The feast has been celebrated since that date to celebrate the redemption won for us by Christ. Tuesday: The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows: Another day dear to Passionists. We celebrate the fact that Mary stood by the Cross uniting her whole being to her Son’s sacrifice. Wednesday St. Cornelius & St. Cyprian: Cornelius was pope from 251-253 and Cyprian, his friend, was a great teacher who worked for the unity of the Church.
Graan Draw & Dinner Dance: Because of the restrictions around the pandemic our fundraising activity will be severely curtailed this year. Therefore because of the current financial situation we will be unable to sell as many tickets. With this in mind we will not be having a car as our first prize this year. However, the tickets for the draw will be available soon. 1st Prize will be £5000, 2nd prize - £1000 & a further 5 prizes of £100 each. We regret our annual Dinner Dance will be cancelled this year.
DUTY FOR THE WEEK: Sun & Mon No Duty. Monday (14th) evening Mass @ 7pm - Charles.
Tues (15th Sept) – Charles. Wed 16th – Charles. Thurs 17th – Arthur. Fri 18th – Arthur. Sat 19th – Arthur.
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Glen Fawcett, Cavandale, Enniskillen
Nicola Donnelly, Derrylin
Marianne Mc Manus, Carryduff & Enniskillen
Brian Mc Donagh, Strabane
Patsy Taggart, Australia formerly Omagh
Malachy Owens, Australia formerly Belfast
Michael Mohan, Lakeview, Lisnaskea
Carmel Scallon, Florencecourt
Vesty Healy & his parents Margaret & Michael Healy, Frenchpark
Cormac Mc Gurn, Castlecoole Rd, Enniskillen
Hugh & Margaret Quinn, Tempo
Michael Mc Namara Tempo & The Prunty Family, Coonian
Michael Floyd, Omagh
John Mc Loughlin, Samsonagh, Boho
Canon Tom Marron, Tempo
John Clancy, Hillview, Enniskillen
Sean Farmer, Drumawill, Enniskillen
Monica Gallagher & the Gallagher Family, Lesky, Boho
John & Brigid Mc Kenna, Old Monaghan Rd, Clogher
Adrian & Mary Johnston, Brackagh, Emyvale
John Keown & the Keown & Keoghan Families, Enniskillen, Letterbreen and Mullaghdun & Derriens West
Tommy Gannon, Menapian Way, Enniskillen