Hope all’s well.
Another scorcher, thankfully.
Last night tonight of our 9@9 prayer to the Holy Spirit, journeying together as we have been doing waiting and praying.
Some gospel scenes can be like when you were at school I think.
In class there are those who have the courage to ask questions when they don’t understand the lesson, and those who are afraid to ask.
When Thomas the apostle asked questions, I often think maybe some of the others were quietly saying to themselves, thank goodness he asked that, because I wasn’t understanding it either.
Then there is the scene of the apostles arguing among themselves who is the greatest.
Again, what happens at school - there’s the seeing who’s the fastest, who’s the best at football/ netball / running whatever. I always remember it was always seeing who’s the best fighter, and yes there were times when I was always quite happy to compete.
Today’s gospel could be a classroom scene. Peter asks about the future of his fellow disciple. ‘What about him, Lord?’.
Remember, Jesus in yesterday’s gospel had given Peter his role when he said to him, ‘Feed my sheep’.
Again in the classroom there can be someone asking, ‘What about him, Miss? What are going to ask him to do in the Christmas play?’
Jesus’ reply to Peter in today’s gospel, ‘What does it matter you. You are to follow me’.
Back to the classroom scene when someone asks, What about him, Miss?, the teacher says, ‘Don’t you start worrying about what others are being asked to do. You just concentrate on what you’re being asked to do’.
“God has created me for some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another”. St John Henry Cardinal Newman
Remember, join the Pope today at 4.30pm for live streamed rosary from the Lourdes grotto in the Vatican Gardens.
Have a safe and happy Saturday
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord,