Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church remembers seafarers. Seafarers are often away from their families for months at a time. They work long hours and navigate the world’s most treacherous stretches of ocean. Their lives are tough, hazardous and lonely. In many ways, seafarers are on the peripheries of society. Eternal Father, Strong to Save, William Whiting’s famous hymn resonates with restless waves, dark waters and angry tumult. Standing behind the rage, however, is a God who shields His children from harm and, instead of wild confusion, brings peace.
Peace, of course, is inclusive and brings people from the peripheries. God as the bringer of peace is an image well known to us from scripture. This year our parish retreat afternoon on Sunday 22nd July is entitled Give me your hand . Fr. Jim Dooley s.m. will lead us in a time of personal prayer and reflection on Jesus’ invitation to Thomas the Apostle to be reconciled with the disciples. Thomas had been separated from the disciples after Jesus had risen from the dead. Jesus invites Thomas ‘Give me your hand, put it into my side’.
Today, we pray for those in our congregation and pupils from Sacred Heart Cathedral School who will receive their own peace in the form of the sacrament of confirmation. The sacrament will be received at St. Teresa’s, Karori. Confirmation confirms our baptism and inclusion in the family of God. It confirms that we are no longer on the peripheries and are reconciled with Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Chair, Parish Pastoral Council