Hope all’s well.
It was really good being back together again for Masses at the weekend there. It was good being able to see some of you again. It was quite emotional, actually, I felt.
All thankfully went well for the celebration of our Masses, especially for our first live streamed Mass.
There’s still no requirement at this stage, though, to go to Mass, but if you are intending to come along to a Sunday Mass, it will be lovely to see you and remember you’ll need to book a seat. Booking process for this weekend is open up until 12 noon on Wednesday.
No requirement to book for our 10am Mass live streamed weekday Mass. Just turn up, but earlier than usual, please, as names will need to be taken, hands sanitised and a steward will show you to a designated seat.
In the spiritual life, the life of faith, because we’re human, we might at times look for a sign. We might at times seek a sign so that we can have some kind of reassurance. That you’re there, God. That you’re hearing me. We might even play out in our minds some deal that if we get a sign from God then I’ll believe more, I’ll pray more, I’ll go to Mass more.
The Scribes and the Pharisees wanted to see a sign. Look at the gospel for today’s Mass. 16th week year 2. They were wanting a miracle so as to prove that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. Instead of Jesus giving them what they wanted, he tells them that they will have their proof that he is the Son of God in his death and resurrection.
Anyway, about at times ourselves maybe seeking a sign. The real gospel challenge is the reverse. It’s this. It’s not seeking a sign, looking for a miracle and then believing. It’s not seeing and then believing.
The spiritual life, the challenge in the life of faith, the gospel challenge is believing, having faith and trust in God, which leads us to seeing something of God. Faith and trust lead to seeing something of the mystery of God and his infinite love in our lives, in our world.
Have a safe and a good week