Meditation – 10th February 2019

The Deep End—Walking with the Lord
Last July and August, hundreds of people took part in
‘Walk While You Can’, a walk from Letterkenny, County
Donegal to Ballydehob, County Cork, to raise awareness
and funds to support those with Motor Neurone Disease.
The event was the brainchild of Fr Tony Coote, a priest of
the parishes of Kilmacud and Mount Merrion in Dublin,
who made the decision to to walk the length of Ireland
after himself being diagnosed with MND. His boundless
energy and zest for life, even in the face of terminal
illness, struck a chord with many. People were inspired
by his faith. Speaking during an interview on The Late
Late Show, Fr Tony said: ‘’I haven’t much time left,
I know that. But I believe In a loving God; I don’t fear
death.’
Fr Tony is an example of someone who is following
Jesus as a disciple, while also bringing others to Jesus. In
his years as a priest he has preached and lived the Gospel,
and since this massive change in his health and
circumstances he has found a way to spread the Good
News in a new way.
His story came to mind as I reflected on today’s
Gospel, which tells the story of the call of Peter. We are
often struck by how the first disciples ‘left everything and
followed him’. Are we expected to do the same? Only a
rare few will literally leave behind home, friends and
family. But following Jesus does require us to offer our
whole selves, whatever our circumstances. Whatever our
position in life, we have something unique and great to
offer.
Tríona Doherty