Here we are at the beginning of November, celebrating All Saints Day and All Souls Day starting the month of the Holy Souls. Many of us automatically turn our thoughts to our forebears, the people of faith who have walked beside us, held us, taught us, nurtured us, influenced us, inspired us and shared and shaped our lives.
We are getting to the ‘sticky’ end of Matthew’s gospel in our Sunday readings, where the Pharisees and Sadducees are trying to trap Jesus, and once again this week they ask him about which is the greatest commandment of the Law.
Once again Sunday night has arrived and I have returned home from Mass to take up a place at my desk to craft yet another message. The intention of these weekly messages is an attempt to keep the readers, and hopefully our diocesan community, up to date with what is happening in our diocese, in the wider church and in the local community.
The following words were recited as part of the Alleluia verse on Sunday:
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our heart,
that we might see how great is the hope
to which we are called.
It was hard to choose what aspect this week’s message should take, given that I am writing this on October 4, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.