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Every life counts — 3 Comments

  1. Your post confirms that every reader can take something different from what is written.

    In Cork , the 10.00 service was at 10.30 and gospel included the parable:
    Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ “

    The interpretation this morning was along the lines that one ought not be condemned after one year, two years or even three,four or five. There is always hope.

    Using a sporting analogy, I read it as a yellow card or final warning. One last chance and then we will cut you down. Repeat offenders known to Gardai could be considered as having had their final warning or feed of maure already.

    Same piece. Different interpretations. Somewhat explained by you both being rectors and me being an agnostic – one that some might class as middle-class, at that.

  2. After yet another “gangland” killing in Dublin last night (a 25 tear old man) I am left wondering why so many young people in working class areas get caught up in crime. Perhaps they see no hope of meaningful work, few if any facilities in their areas, continuous cuts in income supports, cutbacks in the few community services available, cuts in education and successive governments that have not just ignored the plight of the young unemployed but actually exacerbated their situation. Your comment about the reaction to killings like this one is certainly true. How do we change the situation?

  3. I think the gangland activity is a parallel of the Loyalist ‘protest’ activity in the North – in both cases, the violence comes from an environment of complete alienation.

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