JOY

Trinity 18 (A)

Rev’d Philip Heak

I’m quite sure that today, all of us are very perturbed, worried and anxious about the escalating prevalence of Covid-19 in the whole Island of Ireland.  As we have been told, every indicator is on the rise and it’s difficult to see much light in the road ahead.  Covid-19 is not something that is going to disappear, but will be with us for quite a while.

Against this bleak picture we heard our Bible readings today.  Phillipians and Matthew.  In Phillipians St. Paul appeal to us to “Rejoice”  St. Matthew recounts Jesus’ parable of the wedding banquet.  I know that weddings are in short supply these days, but Wedding are occasions full of Joy and happiness.  Jesus says the Kingdom of Heaven is like that.