Meditation – 16th September 2018

The Deep End -‘I, by my works, will show you my faith’
‘What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you
have faith but do not have works?’ These are the words of
St. James in the second reading today, and in the gospel
Jesus speaks quite sternly to Peter: ‘The way you think is
not God’s way but man’s…’ This is a reminder for us all to
check what path we are walking. Jesus’ path was radically
different to what people of his time expected of a Messiah.
It was a path that would lead to much sacrifice. Being a
Christian today means being counter-cultural and making
sacrifices for a greater good.
As we walk together through this Season of Creation
can we as parish lead by example and show our commitment
to caring for the earth? The future of our environment
depends on the action we take now as a society. We can be
proud that in July Ireland became the first country in the
world to divest from fossil fuels. This is a good news story.
As parishes can we join with the eco-groups in our
community to rejoice in the good gift of creation, to share
eco-stories and hear other good news of what is already
happening. Perhaps you can explore becoming an
‘eco-parish’? (http://ecocongregationireland.com)This is
an issue that the Church can link with the wider
community and offer a space to dialogue and pray. The
gospel today urges us to walk God’s ways not man’s.
‘I wish to address every person living
on this planet … to enter into dialogue
with all people about our common home…
The climate is a common good,
belonging to all and meant for all. At
the global level, it is a complex system
linked to many of the essential
conditions for human life.’