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The Rôle of Scripture in our lives

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This week's readings, listed in the Bible Alive magazine, have been from Hebrews. I had not realised that this was no longer thought to have been written by St Paul, but it is a wonderful set of instructions for us. It starts with an exposition of how Christ is supreme (in a way comparing Jesus with other ways of worshipping God the Father) and by today has reached a description of how God's Word reaches into us, "dividing body and soul", reiterating that we can reach the Father through Jesus, and that we should pray to Him "with confidence".

The Bible Alive reflection for today concludes:

As Christians we cannot complain, ‘Nobody understands me’ or ‘Nobody knows what I am going through.’ This is simply not the case: Jesus knows what we are going through because he has already gone through it. Many centuries ago St Cyril of Alexandria wrote: ‘Christ was wearied (John 4:6), hungry (Matt. 4:2) and required sleep (Matt. 8:24). Just as we say that the flesh assumed in the incarnation became his very own, in the same way the weakness of his flesh became his very own – Jesus, the Lord, was ‘made like his brethren in all things except sin alone’ (Heb. 2:17).’

Chris
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Pope uses Twitter - Biggleswade Chronicle Village News

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St Peters Catholic Church Biggleswade. Last Sunday’s gospel coincides with The Epiphany of the Lord on 6th January (the 12th day of Christmas), the Feast day that concludes the Christmas story when The Three Wise man followed a bright star to the place when Jesus was born. On route they visited King Herod a rich powerful cruel ruler, who felt threatened by the stories of the coming of the Lord who would be the shepherd/leader of the people of Israel. Herod told the Three Wise Men to return to tell him where they found this infant. Needless to say when the Three Wise Men discovered Jesus they did not return to Herod., but chose another way home. Over two thousand years later, the world is still plagued with ruthless rulers who manage to cause hardship to the less rich and powerless and start wars with those who either try to take over their rule or peacefully object to their reign. In his new year’s message His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the ‘expectation we all have at the beginning of a new year for of better world and calls for inspiration to end the war in Syria, stop the growing instances between rich and poor by breaking away from selfish and individualistic mindset, which finds expression in financial capitalism; the peacemakers are many but not loud enough.’  He prays that everyone can play a part on the path to peace in our families, communities and countries to lead to peace in the world. As part of the Year of Faith in December 2012 the Pope took a huge step in drawing the world together by opening an account on twitter. He can be found @pontifex which means ‘builder of bridges’, so far he has over 700,000 followers. On the 20th January is World Peace Day we have the opportunity to reflect on Pope Benedict's World Peace Day message. Links for this and future information on The Year of Faith can be found at http://stpetersbiggleswade.blogspot.co.uk/or at www.st-peters.eu .
Pastoral Area council meeting will be here on Tuesday 15th January.
Quiz night Friday 8th February tickets on sale NOW, with a choice of Fish, Chicken or veggie option. An ideal opportunity to meet old and make new friends of the Parish.
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New Year Message-His Holiness The Pope

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS
POPE BENEDICT XVI
FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE
WORLD DAY OF PEACE

1 JANUARY 2013  
  
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS
1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved.
Fifty years after the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, which helped to strengthen the Church’s mission in the world, it is heartening to realize that Christians, as the People of God in fellowship with him and sojourning among mankind, are committed within history to sharing humanity’s joys and hopes, grief and anguish, [1] as they proclaim the salvation of Christ and promote peace for all.
In effect, our times, marked by globalization with its positive and negative aspects, as well as the continuation of violent conflicts and threats of war, demand a new, shared commitment in pursuit of the common good and the development of all men, and of the whole man.
It is alarming to see hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor, by the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism. In addition to the varied forms of terrorism and international crime, peace is also endangered by those forms of fundamentalism and fanaticism which distort the true nature of religion, which is called to foster fellowship and reconciliation among people.
All the same, the many different efforts at peacemaking which abound in our world testify to mankind’s innate vocation to peace. In every person the desire for peace is an essential aspiration which coincides in a certain way with the desire for a full, happy and successful human life. In other words, the desire for peace corresponds to a fundamental moral principle, namely, the duty and right to an integral social and communitarian development, which is part of God’s plan for mankind. Man is made for the peace which is God’s gift.
All of this led me to draw inspiration for this Message from the words of Jesus Christ: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Mt 5:9).
Gospel beatitude.....

the rest can be found at Pope's New Year Message

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The Year of Faith — 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013

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I'm sorry that I've been so slow to do this, but I've made up a section for the Year of Faith. It has some links to the Vatican's page on Annus Fidei as well as a brief explanation of the Holy Father's purpose in declaring the Year of Faith.

There is also a prayer by the Pope for preparing for the Year of Faith: late but still appropriate, I believe.

Please let me know if there any other pages that I could include in the Year of Faith section.

Happy New Year.

Chris
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Love

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I read this passage in the Bible Alive Daily Reflections early in December (http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk/daily-reflections/Page-26-1) and thought it appropriate to share with readers of this blog; but I forgot to do so until now:

Me Lord? Canst thou misspend
One word, misplace one look on me?
Call’st me thy love, thy Friend?
Canst this poor soul the object be
Of these love-glances, those life-kindling eyes?
What? I the centre of the arms’ embraces?
Of all thy labour I the prize?
Love never mocks, truth never lies.
Oh how I quake: hope fear, fear hope displaces:
I would but cannot hope: such wondrous love amazes.
(Phineas Fletcher, ‘The Divine Lover’)

I hope that you all had a happy and blessed Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year.
Chris
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