6th November – All the Saints of Ireland

Everything went well with this morning’s clinic in Cork. As next week is an ‘off’ week regarding treatment, I wont be returning back til Tuesday week.

Today is a national celebration of all the saints of Ireland. One of the themes of the liturgy is that of delayed gratification. To be a faithful follower of Jesus (and in the fullness of time to be a saint) means that we have to practice self-denial in terms of worldly rewards and pleasures. We do this to attain far greater heavenly rewards and joys in the future. The supreme example of this is celebrated each Friday as we remember Jesus’ Passion and Death that led to the Resurrection. Practicing delayed gratification is now more difficult that it was in previous times because of consumerism and materialism that comes at us in so many different ways.

The rewards of being faithful to Jesus and a life of delayed gratification is put before us in the Brievary’s Evening Prayer. (Rev 7:16-17)

Never again will they hunger;LMA 076
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,
nor any scorching heat.
 For the Lamb at the centre of the throne
will be their shepherd;
he will lead them to springs of living water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

I attach the following (hopefully related) image that was sent to me this morning by sister Maureen without solicitation.