Thought for the Week
From a Presbytery Window
‘I have met them at close of day’ wrote Yeats, one hundred years ago this Easter, ‘coming with vivid faces/ from counter or desk among grey/Eighteen-century houses. If the poet were still with us, he would meet their descendants at close of day on the Rathmines Road. Instead of the vivid faces, however, he would encounter – this time round – young people with self-preoccupied expressions enclosed in their private world. They are hooked up to their earplugs or deep in conversation on smartphones, and have little time for passers-by or the blue sky or ‘grey brick upon brick’ – all that is only for drunks and poets.
The twitter/facebook generation is young: part of what is now known as the world of virtual reality. And yet, despite their seeming indifference, I’m convinced, if some old person stumbled or fell they would be the first to whip off their earplugs and rush to offer help. The milk of human kindness still flows, thank God, even in urban indifference. The spark of the divine, which we all possess, is still alive.
And we can learn from each other. They (the twitters) can drag us (old fogies) into the world of hi-tech and we, who remember where we were when Elvis cut his first single with Sun Records, can coax them to look at the natural beauty so pervasive at this time of year. A walk down by Grand Parade will do your soul good: help you to ‘chill out’ in a way you never imagined. Perhaps, like Houseman, you may be moved to poetry at the sight of the cherry tree, now in all its glory.
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
It is in these moments that we find God, who is revealed in the heart rather than in the head.
We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.
We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.
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