29/03/2017 12:59 pm
Our maritime-themed podcast for the fifth week of Lent sees Apostleship of the Sea port chaplain Fr Colum Kelly considering the gospel story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead - another amazing miracle performed by Jesus.
On board the ship, it's time for a staff turnaround. Six seafarers are returning to their families while six join the crew for a nine-month posting.
"It's not always that simple especially for some of my friends who have young children. Nine months is a long time in the life of a child, and they may not even recognise their father on his return. It was like that for my friend Abel. The last time he went home his child thought he was a stranger coming into their home and cried for days.
"Of course it wasn’t long before they got to know each other again but then it was time to return to sea and another nine month slog begins."
Fr Colum concludes by focusing on the gentleness of the healing words and touch of Jesus in the gospel:
"I know there’s not much of Lent left but I’m going to make another resolution. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of a loving God among us.
"I’m going to try to be a little more gentle, more patient with those around me. Maybe my attempt at gentleness will rub off on others. Wouldn’t that be a fine way to sail towards Easter."
Listen to the fifth maritime-themed podcast in our 2017 Lenten series.
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