As many of us begin the long summer break this week, the Gospel image of Jesus looking out upon us with compassion, is perhaps a good image to keep before our eyes. As we take time away from our normal work, school and home routines, we can never forget that we are under the constant gaze of Jesus. May all our time here on earth give glory to God so that we never forget to put Him first, and especially each week in the Mass, which should be the centre and motivating source of all that we do and are.
All Baptised people can apply to ourselves the words of St Paul: He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and spotless before Him. Through Baptism and Confirmation, all of the Christian faithful make-up God’s priestly people. So the task with which the first disciples were entrusted is for every one of us; it isn’t a matter of just the ‘professionals’ doing this work of making Jesus known and loved, but this work is entrusted to all of us.
Many of us are beginning to wind-down at this time for the Summer break. If we are involved with education and young people, it is a time to look-back over the last year and review the many activities that have taken place. On Thursday evening we shall have our Primary School Leavers Mass here in the church, which provides the opportunity to thank God for all that our young people have received throughout their years at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School. We thank the Staff and Governors who, day-by-day, contribute to the good working of our Catholic Schools. We shouldn't take for granted our Schools: there may come a time in the future when we may not be so fortunate, so our support for Catholic Education now is as important as it ever was.
The liturgy of this Sunday speaks to us about death and life. Both the first reading and the Gospel show us how the human heart recoils from death, but we are comforted by the knowledge that Jesus has destroyed it. Death was not part of the original plan of God for the human race; it is the result of sin. For believers it is now an inevitable step which brings us from this world to the Father.