Words of comfort

With the best will in the world it is easy to gloss over, or be distracted or unprepared for, some of the prayers at Mass that carry rich meaning but often no unnoticed. I’m thinking of the entrance antiphon, the Collect, responsorial psalm and others.

In this time of great trial for people throughout the world, God is speaking to us, and we to him, in these prayers. We start Mass today by pleading to God to save us and defend our cause.

In the Collect, we, appropriately, pray: “O God, who have prepared fitting helps for us in our weakness, we pray that we may receive their healing effects with joy.”

In the Gospel acclamation, we praise God and are reminded that we do not live on bread alone but from the word of God.

And in the prayer after Communion, we pray that, as we pass from old to new, we may be renewed in holiness.

At this time in the history of the world, we are all in need of God’s defence, healing and renewal as we pass from what we are familiar with into the great unknown of the new that only God knows. It is comforting, if we have the ears to hear, that the Lord, as the psalmist tells us, is “near to broken hearts” and ready to rescue us from our trials.

COMMENTS

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  • Fay McMeniman(Sr.) 4 months

    2 of us watch the Mass each day. Thank you for enabling us to do this.

    Sr. Jo. Dooley & Sr. Fay McMeniman.

  • Rosemary Fairney 4 months

    Thankyou so very much for daily Mass online, each Holy Priest is so reverent and Holy,and giving great words of comfort, that God is always with us.Let us all spend more time in prayer at this present time.Praying for our needs, the needs of others, and this nation Australia.All those suffering with this Virus.May God Bless you all.

  • Jackie 4 months

    Thank you. We may not be able to meet physically as a congregation, but this helps keep us close. It is also a blessing being in a rural area to be able to witness the Mass each day. Thank you.

  • Babs 4 months

    Thank you the Mass on line. It soothes our aching hearts and gives hope. Thank you.

  • Daryl John Burnet 3 months

    Yes, thank you for Mass online.

    Anzac Day is special for many of us. My Grandmother Francis was born on this day.

    Her husband came back from WW11 injured mentally and physically.

    I come from a Military family where Domestic Violence was the norm.

    God stepped in. A Naval Chaplain(FR Louis Breslan) and Bishop Morgan stepped in. Thank God.

    The song Whispering Hope came to mind this morning. Gordon MacRae and Jo Stafford did a beautiful work on this classic.

    We all need a wake up call at times, thank you Lord.