Feb 9, 2015

RTE Radio Mass in Corpus Christi in Moyross

Corpus Christi, Moyross Parish, celebrated Sunday Mass in a special way - the Mass was broadcast on RTE radio one to the whole country. As this is Synod Sunday, special emphasis was placed on community and synod. Congratulations to all involved: singing, proclaiming, serving - it was a lovely celebration.


You can listen to the Mass by clicking the link below;


Bishop Brendan Leahy's Homily

In the past week or so there has been much talk about God and the topic of suffering: can we really believe in God when we are faced with the suffering of someone with, for instance, bone cancer? In our first reading today, the heart-broken Job expresses his weariness at life, looking for a meaning in life.

What does the Christian faith say about suffering? Firstly, it doesn’t want to offer a quick answer. There is no simple answer to the mystery of suffering. We appreciate what the Greek philosophers and poets wrote when they said that often an experience of suffering helps us grow in wisdom. Ture, but that’s not Christianity’s main response. Our main answer to answer is a person, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

In Jesus, God has entered into our world and into painful situations. God has entered right into suffering. God doesn’t will suffering as such. But he is with us in our suffering. Notice today’s Gospel. Jesus, the Son of God, visits the sick, offers healing, curing people. More and more, throughout his life, Jesus took on our world’s suffering to the point of entering death itself on the Cross. This is the main statement that Christians offer: no matter what situation of suffering we find ourselves in, God is with us. And that, since Jesus rose from the dead, we believe that God can draw good out of every suffering.

Chiara Luce Badano, an Italian girl who died of painful bone cancer at 19 in 1990 was beatified in 2000 because of how well she lived, especially the last year and a half of her life. During her illness she would often repeat, ‘if you want it, Jesus, I want it too.’ Even though it cost her a lot, when she was still able to, she spent time walking around the wards with a drug-dependent girl who suffered from serious depression. This meant getting out of bed despite the pain. ‘I’ll have time to rest later,’ she said. Above all, even when she wasn’t able to do anything, she kept trying to love. Not all of us would have her courage, but the point is that she and many others show how God can bring good even from the suffering of bone cancer.

Suffering never has the last word. Jesus can triumph in us even in our darkness and pain. This is the Good News that Christians want to bring to the world. Woe to me if I do not preach! says St. Paul in today’s Second Reading.

For us in Limerick today is Synod Sunday. Throughout Limerick we are raising awareness about a large gathering called a Synod that we’ll be holding here in Limerick next year, 2016. We already have in place around 400 delegates from across the diocese, women and men, young and old, including from this parish of Moyross that began to come to life forty years ago this year and that has been a virbant community with its wonderful school, parish activities, sports and community initiatives.

While the Synod gathering is on next year, we are already beginning now to get ready. The Synod is a spiritual experience of journeying together to renew and deepen our own commitment to our faith, and to redefine our Gospel mission in society today in order to serve it with humility. There’s a great sense of excitement, maybe a little nervousness, a sense of anticipation. We realise it’s important at this time of the Church in Limerick, in Ireland, that we all do our part to make sure the Gospel reaches the next generations.

Since the Holy Spirit never stands still, we can’t go on simply repeating the way things were in the past. We have to be open to the new ways that God wants for us today. There are many people like Job who are weary in life, looking for meaning and inner healing. The Synod is our chance to be fit for purpose so that we can offer the Good News that we have received.

I’d ask you to remember us in your prayers. We count on that because, ultimately, a Synod is about conversion – my conversation, our conversion to God and to love of our neighbour so that we can be the message for others: God is with you; you are not alone.

You can listen to the Mass by clicking the link below;