Thought For The Week

"Words matter. Words leave a lasting impression. Are our words positive or negative, do they build up or tear down, do they encourage or destroy? We are formed in some way by what we hear, what we read and what we say, even if we don't really mean it. Words matter." ~Bishop of Meath Tom Deenihan, speaking at the School Awards Ceremony in Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College) last Thursday

In a touching talk for parents and students, Bishop Tom spoke how words really matter. He affirmed and encouraged everyone present last Thursday evening. He had words of encouragement for those who excelled, for those who had reached their goal, for those who struggled and overcame and especially a word of encouragement for those who continue to do their best. He said: "At the end of the day, we are all different, with different gifts, talents, skills and attributes. We are what God made us. We are all different. All we can do is our best. Words matter so much: 'Congratulations', 'Well done', 'Keep it up' and 'Thank You'."

As we start our journey through Holy Week words also matter. It is a sacred week, a solemn week but also a week to celebrate especially on Easter Sunday. The story of Holy Week is a mix of so many negative and positive words. Negative words such as hate, evil, darkness, bitterness, jealousy, anger and suffering come to mind. Jesus was at the receiving end of these. Positive words such as love, peace, healing, new beginnings, understanding, acceptance and forgiveness come to mind. Jesus was at the heart of all of these.

Our negative and positive words are also in the story of Holy Week. The invitation is to leave as many of the negative words at the cross on Good Friday. Easter is about a collection of many beautiful positive words that are just within our reach. Our world desperately needs them and so do we. I hope they become part of your Easter story too. Happy Easter!
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