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Holy Week reflection: Sharing Christ's harvest of love and mercy

Dr Larry Duffy, Bishop of Clogher, Catholic Church

The Crucifixion of Christ is commemorated on Good Friday

ONE of my earliest memories of life on a farm in south Monaghan is being part of the ritual of 'dropping spuds' - sowing seed potatoes - in the spring.

As we made our way along the drills, our backs bent and our line of sight alternating between the spaces that separated each 'drop' and the pathway ahead, we knew instinctively that we were shaping the produce of the year ahead.

But for that to happen, the seed in the potatoes we sowed had to die in order to give us life.

In Holy Week we recall the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For him to accomplish so great a work for our salvation, he had to die: "In all truth I tell you, unless a wheat grain falls into the earth and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies it yields a rich harvest" (John 12:24).

On this Good Friday, may we be reminded of our need to die to ourselves so that we can bring the life and light of Christ to others through a rich harvest of love and mercy.

Dr Larry Duffy,

Bishop of Clogher

Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy

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