Monday, 2 May 2016

Crimson Streams



Crimson Streams

Preacher, teacher, holy one, chosen, anointed
Blessed of the Annunciation, the “Love” the Beloved
Baptised in flowing waters he had already sanctified
Speaking healing words, each heart’s longings satisfied
Nailed upon the wooden cross, that was once green
Crimson streams flowed in abundance, washing clean
A sacrament, an encounter, once offered, forever given
The Christ, born in time, crucified, died, now truly risen!

Fr Patrick Brennan © 2016 all rights reserved

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Reverence


Reverence

Come into a library you become hushed, people are reading
Come into a church you become hushed, people are praying
Come into a school you become respectful, people are studying
Come into a home you become respectful, people are living
Come into a playground you become joyful, people are playing
Come into a party you become joyful, people are celebrating.

Fr Patrick Brennan © 2016 all rights reserved

Friday, 22 April 2016

Heaven's Dewfall


Heaven's Dewfall

Gentle the touch, of heaven's dewfall, bringing a drenching of holiness
Ancient words softly spoken, a consecration, a work, an eternal sense
Bread becomes body, wine becomes blood, food for life’s brief journey
A reverent amen, a commandment to love, an anticipation of eternity.

Fr Patrick Brennan © 2016 all rights reserved

I wrote this with the sense of the Mass being a falling of heavenly dew, the commas conjure up the image of the dew falling constantly throughout each celebration of Mass. The presence of Christ in the Eucharist reminds me of the remarkable event the Mass is. It is a tremendous privilege to stand at the altar and pray the Mass.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Listening Sheep: Mass reading reflection John 10: 22-30


"The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life;"

These words are taken from the gospel, from chapter 10 of John proclaimed at the Mass today.

Sheep are social creatures, with a tendency for flocking together, they have excellent hearing too, sometimes the wool may grow so wild that it can impede the hearing. Sheep listen to the voice of the one who feeds them, who cares for them, who looks out for them, a good shepherd has the concerns of the sheep at heart. Jesus is very much the image and personification of the Good Shepherd.

Jesus’ voice is spoken in the world through the scriptures, in the Eucharist, in the sacraments, in the life of the Church. That voice has the concern of the people under his care. His is a voice that says “Follow me, for I give my people eternal life.”

Sheep have a tendency to become fearful, fretful even, a loud unfamiliar noise can cause confusion, only the voice of the Good Shepherd can bring them back to the safe route in life. This fear can affect the Christian who seeks to negotiate a safe route through life. Louder more insistent voices can come along in the midst of life and only listening out for the voice of the Good shepherd can help to steer us safely towards eternal life. We try not to allow the "wool" of living, the pursuit of material concerns, the distractions of self interest, fear and pride, to impinge too deeply upon our ability to listen.

A good idea is to cultivate the art of listening, of becoming still in times of prayer, of being calm and allowing the spirit to discern Jesus’ voice in the midst of the noisy lives that we lead. Sheep have excellent hearing, listening out for the voice of safety. May this listening spirit become part of our Christian life, so that we can truly hear and discern the reassuring and calming voice of the Saviour and Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Sticks and Stones


Sticks and Stones

A tree is felled in a forest far away, creating sticks to beat
To strike Christ, his broken bones nailed to the Mercy Seat
Wintery sunshine reveals a coldness floating in this April air
Easter brings the warming tremble of hope that resides there


Christs words never hurt, a sweet melody, an eternal sound
Boldly they speak of where the resurrection can be found
Life is breaking forth from clinging stones, seeking freedom
Witnessing a vibrant Spring, with a promise of heaven to come.

Fr Patrick Brennan © 2016 all rights reserved

Friday, 8 April 2016

Prayer from ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ or ‘On Love in the Family’

Holy Family
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love; to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division; may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Graciously hear our prayer.
Amen.