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Willing and Doing What is Holy

Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy”, and “be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect”. These two commands from God, no doubt, stir within us a certain trepidation coupled with the desire to be, indeed, holy and perfect; but, and it is a significant but, how are we to do this? Are there specific things that we must put into practice for this reality to take shape?

Central to the teaching found in Leviticus are the laws which pertain to holiness. Our particular section from Leviticus this Sunday focusses upon how the Israelites were to live their lives in the pursuit of holiness. This holiness was to be wholly ordered to the good of the other, to just relations and respect for their dignity, whether labourer, stranger, or neighbour. The Lord commands us to love these as we love ourselves. This surely raises the ever important question which asks us whether we do, in fact, love ourselves. Do we? There is, there must be a connection between our own treatment of ourselves and the way we treat others. I am certain that loving our neighbour as ourself is totally rooted in that command that we be holy as God is holy.

So how is God holy? The holiness of God, and we are aided here supremely by Jesus’ words in Matthew’s Gospel, loves all indiscriminately. Indiscriminately. And we are called to do the same; that is what being holy is, that is what being perfect is. God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - is love. And love is willing and doing the good for the other, no matter what. Jesus went to the Cross willing and doing the ultimate good for us, no matter what. He offered and offers salvation indiscriminately. Indiscriminately. His Sacred Heart was lanced, was pierced and His Precious Blood poured out for all. Devotion to the Sacred Heart includes the following Promise, “Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy”.

The reading from St Paul this Sunday sheds light on how we can become holy: the Spirit of God will live amongst us. We grow in holiness according to our thirst for the Holy Spirit and how we then act according to the promptings of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit pours divine love into our hearts, transforming them, to love indiscriminately; to never exact vengeance; nor bear a grudge. Now we can love ourselves, now we can love our neighbour as ourselves. Fr Ben

Sunday Readings

Year A –Volume 1 Page 139
Lev 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 102:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13, R. 8
1 Cor 3:16-23
Mt 5:38-48

Music at Our Lady

Morales - Missa Super Fa re ut fa sol la
Victoria - Ave Regina caelorum
96 Holy, holy, holy!
92 Come Down O Love Divine
73 At the Lamb's high feast

 

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Mass Times

Sunday

  • 18:00 (Saturday)
  • 9:00 (Sung), 10:30 (Choir), 12:00 (Choir), 18:00

Weekdays

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10:00
  • Ash Wednesday 10:00, 19:30 (Choir)
  • Thursday 19:00
  • Saturday 10:00

Rosary - After weekday Mass | Exposition - Daily 6:00-12:00 noon - 18:00-24:00 (excl. school holidays)  | Confessions - Sat 10:30-11:00, 17:15-17:45

Parish Clergy: Fr Kevin Jordan | Fr Ben Woodley | Parish Sister: Sr Brigid Collins, RSM
Parish Administrator: Claudia McHugh | Catechetical Coordinator: Margaret Wickware | Director of Music: Martin Toyer