Scripture Notes – Sunday May 9th 2021

 Love one another as I have loved you.

As before, I draw your attention to the TSS Pentecost and the EBW 2021 programmes. As well as that, I would like to remind you of two consultation processes underway at the moment in the Irish church.

  1. The first of these is about using a new translation for the readings at Mass. For whatever reason, the choice is down to the ESV (English Standard Version) or the RNJB (Revised New Jerusalem Bible). The differences between the two are great. The RNJB consistently promotes inclusive language and, in my opinion, an inclusive language translation is essential for the public proclamation of the Word of God. You may register your opinion here.
  2. In two years time, the Irish Catholic Church is to hold a National Synod or Assembly. This is of immense significance. You can read all about it here. Right now, the bishops would like to hear from you about the best way to proceed — a critical decision which will shape the synod when it finally takes place. It is vital that we make our voices heard. To register your opinion, click here. This has to be done before Pentecost Sunday, so there’s a certain pressure…

The Readings

Tarsus Scripture School: Pentecost 2021

This programme is offered free of charge as a “thank you” to all of you.

  • “Babel to Jerusalem and beyond: Acts 2:1-11” (Jessie Rogers)
  • “There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13” (Kieran J. O’Mahony)
  • “Breathing new life: John 20:19-23” (Sean Goan)

To explore and register, click here or on the image below.

Ecumenical Bible Week 2021

The Ecumenical Bible week is an exciting venture, arising out of the International Eucharistic Congress of 2012. The programme is funded by the two Archdioceses of Dublin and the National Bible Society of Ireland. The programme is offered free of charge. Anyone who likes to may also make a donation to support the project.

This year, we are especially happy with the programme — all online as happened last year. As we “emerge” slowly from the pandemic, we are wondering about how it will be for us, as Christian believers and church members. To explore and register, click here or on the image below.