We were delighted to welcome the Papal Nuncio to St Luke’s. Our mass was a wonderful celebration and the choir were magnificent. In fact the Nuncio congratulated them on leading the congregation in prayer.
He began his homily by saying that before he had even heard of St Luke’s, he had met and an ambassador who had advised him that if he got the opportiunity he should visit Mulhuddart because of the vibrancy of our celebrations and the warmth of our welcome, what a nice reputation to have.
Sunday the 14th was International Day for migrants and the nuncio reminded us that Jesus was himself a migrant, having fled Bethlehem to Egypt with His parents when he was a baby. He went on to tell us that welcoming the migrant or stranger is the first duty of the Christian.
He continued by outlining that the invitation from Jesus to His followers was to ‘come and see’; not to come and do, or come and go, but rather just ‘come and see’; come and spend time with Jesus, get to know Him, build a relationship.
He went on to highlight the connection between the Lamb of God and the Lamb of the Passover and how it is by the blood of the Lamb of God that we have been saved just as it was by the blood of the Lamb of Passover that the Jews were saved. He encouraged us, referring to the reading from St Paul to the Corinthians, to allow ourselves to be purified by the blood of the Lamb, keeping ourselves for the glory of God. For we have been bought and paid for by the blood of Christ.
After mass the Nuncio joined us for refreshments where he happily posed for many photographs, constantly smiling. It was a wonderful occasion and we look forward to seeing him again soon. In fact Fr Eoin suggested that the next time he comes he might even bring Pope Francis with him, we shall see…
More pictures are available on the Parish Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/StLukesParishD15/