It is good to be able to send out to you the Newsletter and Readings for Holy Mass this weekend. The Church invites us, across this particular weekend, to pray for vocations, especially to the Priesthood and Religious Life, but I cannot help but think that vocation is something held in common, and perhaps there is a need for us to rediscover, renew, re-appreciate and value the vocational calling that is our own, whatever our status on life’s journey.
Last weekend, in relation to the Gospel story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus I came across a reflection which I thought may be appreciated by some. It is at the end of this e-mail.
May the Bank Holiday weekend be kind to us all. With an assurance of daily prayerful remembrance, kindest thought and affection.
As ever, Fr. Nicholas
All through life’s day,
you walk with us Lord.
But often we don’t recognise you,
for we are blinded by work and worry,
doubt, confusion and fear,
and so you remain a stranger to us.
Before the day’s end we will ask many questions,
experience many sorrows and disappointments,
and then, suddenly,
whether we are young, middle-aged or old,
we will find that night is falling.
In that moment we pray,
that like the disciples on the road to Emmaus,
our eyes will be opened and that we will recognise you.
And you will not vanish from our sight,
but stay with us,
to guide us to the Father’s house.