tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-76355499954418196502020-09-22T18:44:16.811+01:00St Peter's Parish in BiggleswadeSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.comBlogger552125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-76086950142825518882020-09-22T07:29:00.001+01:002020-09-22T07:29:57.889+01:00Some Wisdom and Calm from Richard RohrJulia received this in an email from Richard Rohr; I found it profoundly calming and reassuring. The election clearly refers to that approaching in the USA, but many countries are facing problems which could be treated in similar fashion. We have read more of the Psalms in the last few months than at any time in our lives; they can be balm to the soul. Richard Rohr's website https://cac.org/  hasSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-29395070534303088502020-09-20T10:05:00.001+01:002020-09-20T10:05:17.160+01:00The Scandal of GraceIsaiah 55:6–9 • Psalm 144(145):2–3, 8–9, 17–18 • Philippians 1:20–24, 27 • Matthew 20:1–16   Can you imagine the furore at any modern workplace if someone who had worked a full day were paid the same as someone who had worked for only the last hour of the day?  With the modern raft of employment legislation and unions, there would probably be a major protest, even a riot. The boss wouldn’t be St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-50484728925688292020-09-16T07:01:00.001+01:002020-09-16T07:02:04.355+01:00Love1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13 • Psalm 32(33):2–5, 12, 22 • Luke 7:31–35   Love is the greatest of all human qualities, and it is an attribute of God himself.  Love entails unselfish service to others; to show love gives evidence that you care.     Faith is the foundation and content of God’s message; hope is the attitude and focus; love is the action.  When faith and hope are aligned you are free St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-5911932842745036712020-09-13T12:37:00.001+01:002020-09-13T13:33:01.097+01:00Heavenly ForgivenessEcclesiasticus 27:30–28:7 • Psalm 102(103):1–4, 9–12 • Romans 14:7–9 • Matthew 18:21–35 C.S. Lewis was right on the button when he said, “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”   We pray at every Mass: ‘Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”  Yet, when sinned against by a brother or sister, husband or wife, friend or foe, how St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-57195277482516471892020-09-08T07:54:00.001+01:002020-09-08T07:54:44.572+01:00The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Romans 8:28–30 • Psalm 12(13) • Matthew 1:1–16, 18–23 Readers of the Bible are tempted to skip the first sixteen verses of Matthew’s Gospel.  After all, it’s just a long list of names!  Although, in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in tracing one’s family tree, genealogies are often viewed as superfluous by a generation that prides itself on being future-oriented and forward-lookingSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-53435568831525475862020-09-05T07:18:00.001+01:002020-09-05T07:20:40.191+01:00Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath1 Corinthians 4:6–15 • Psalm 144(145): 17–21 • Luke 6:1–5   Jesus didn’t come to challenge the status quo or upset the apple cart only a little — his wasn’t a slowly, slowly approach. He came to turn the world upside down, to usher in a radically new and different way of thinking. Between Jesus and the Pharisees there was a huge gulf about how they understood the Sabbath. The Pharisees, always St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-20966394886173141382020-08-19T07:19:00.001+01:002020-08-19T07:19:11.705+01:00Parable of the Workers – The Unmerited Grace of GodEzekiel 34:1–11 • Psalm 22(23) • Matthew 20:1–16 We do not earn salvation by our good deeds; rather we are saved by reliance on God’s grace. In the Old Testament the Hebrew words hen and hesed are used to describe this generosity of God. Hen is the quality of benevolence of one who is highly placed turning to help one in need; hesed is steadfast love and spontaneous, faithful goodness in a St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-89740344161175943092020-08-15T07:04:00.001+01:002020-08-15T07:05:53.474+01:00Have Mercy on me, O God Psalms 51 (NIV)   From: https://heathercking.org/2016/01/20/the-grace-god-gives-for-the-wearied-soul/   1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.   3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-51992870620349613032020-08-12T07:10:00.001+01:002020-08-12T07:10:08.004+01:00Speak the truth in loveMatthew 18:15–20   We do not have to learn how to sin and to hurt other people.  For most of us, the ability comes all too naturally.  The number of ways that we can sin against others and they can sin against us is so great that a web of suffering is created.  Yet we are called to live in the world relating to one another as brothers and sisters. There is plenty of opportunity for disharmony.  St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-83534690199811717402020-08-09T07:47:00.001+01:002020-08-12T07:10:30.558+01:00Jesus and Peter walk on the water1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 • Psalm 85: 9–14 • Romans 9:1–5 • Matthew 14:22–33 Both Jesus and Peter are  recorded by the Gospel-writers Matthew, Mark and John as having walked on water. In Dei Verbum the bishops of the Second Vatican Council explain this important and profound truth by saying: ‘The sacred authors wrote the four Gospels, selecting some things from the many which had been handed on by St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-38766786674681124232020-08-08T07:06:00.001+01:002020-08-08T07:07:53.518+01:00Faith as Small as a Mustard SeedMatthew 17:14–20   http://oneclimbs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mustard-Seed-Faith-by-CRI.jpg   After glimpsing Jesus’s glory in his Transfiguration, the disciples had to come down from the mountain. They were truly brought back to earth by the failure of others to exorcise a demon. Though they had seen the glory of God, they still had to operate, as we all do, in a world where Satan has St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-92062592465684434072020-08-02T07:18:00.001+01:002020-08-02T07:18:03.458+01:00Come and EatMatthew 14:13—21   This is a familiar story from the gospels, but it is well not to become blasé about it, not to switch off because we have heard it many times before.  There is much to learn from the story.   First we see Jesus's very human reaction to the news of his cousin's death, withdrawing to a lonely place to ponder and grieve. However, even before he can reach this lonely place, the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-90860628957522715162020-07-22T07:14:00.001+01:002020-07-22T07:14:58.577+01:00(Feast) St Mary Magdalene John 20:1-2, 11-18   https://www1.cbn.com/why-jesus-chose-mary-magdalene-to-proclaim-his-resurrection Today we celebrate the feast-day of one of the greatest women in the whole of the Bible. Clearly, Mary, Mother of God, has pride of place because she is our mother in faith. Mary Magdalene, however, can be seen as our sister in faith. Of course, Mary Magdalene is often identified as being a St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-24351655285822979062020-07-20T07:42:00.001+01:002020-07-20T07:50:16.555+01:00The Holy Spirit opens our heartsMatthew 12:38-42     Despite Jesus’ many miracles the Pharisees wanted to see more. But Jesus was having none of it and promised that the only other sign that would be given to them would be the sign of Jonah. The prophet Jonah was called by God to preach a message of repentance to the Gentiles of Nineveh (located in modern-day northern Iraq).  In the bright constellation of Old Testament St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-82651823929607370242020-07-16T07:08:00.000+01:002020-07-17T07:32:48.234+01:00Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened . . .Matthew 11:28-30     Jesus will never abandon us. He knows our lives are demanding and fretful, fraught with anxieties about work, housing, relationships and money, and that we may have difficulty absorbing the nourishment of prayer, Scripture and the sacraments. People can be like pieces of elastic: stretched to their utmost. limits one day, in a state of. collapse the next. Jesus" ‘yoke’ is aSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-78207199839950915152020-07-15T07:00:00.001+01:002020-07-15T07:04:13.398+01:00The Father Knows the SonMatthew 11:25-27.Jesus says all things have been committed to him by the Father, and at the heart of this is the relationship he has with the Father. He speaks of the Father and the Son being in a relationship of knowing one another exclusively. This word ‘know’ does not indicate just intellectual knowledge or understanding: it means the most intimate experience of another person. Really to know St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-29423224385744443682020-07-10T07:24:00.001+01:002020-07-10T07:24:55.721+01:00Have Mercy on me, O God       PSALMS 51 (NIVUK)   1  Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.   2  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.   3  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.   4  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-51314890780701532142020-07-09T07:27:00.001+01:002020-07-09T07:27:09.388+01:00Preaching the GospelMatthew 10:7-15     Jesus’s instructions to his followers are as relevant today as when he sent them out to proclaim the message of the kingdom of God.  But perhaps our hearts sink at the prospect of witnessing for our faith.  Increasingly in society, having faith, practising faith and witnessing to it are widely misunderstood and considered strange.  In any event, faith is considered personal, St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-84816420018520039522020-07-05T08:12:00.001+01:002020-07-05T09:16:37.869+01:00God's Delight Matthew 11:25–30     Today’s Gospel is a particularly beautiful one.  It reveals a wonderful truth about God and his nature, expressing it in a way that no mere human mind could.  These words of Jesus come directly from the Father’s heart.   The passage is effectively in three parts: the Father’s delight; the relationship between Father and Son; and the grace of revelation.  Jesus teach us thatSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-49285741262612234862020-07-02T07:52:00.001+01:002020-07-02T07:52:42.732+01:00Only God can Forgive SinsMatthew 9:1–8   The teachers of the law got at least one thing right: by claiming to forgive sins, Jesus was claiming to be God.  And of course we know that he is God, and he does forgive sins, repeatedly.   Fr Ronald Rolheiser: “. . .if the Catholicism that I was raised in had a fault, and it did, it was precisely that it did not allow for mistkes. If you made a mistake, you lived with it and, St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-32452833444374581212020-06-29T08:19:00.001+01:002020-06-29T08:21:45.652+01:00Follow JesusMatthew 8:18–22     God wants us to face our concerns honestly and gives us the Holy Spirit to shed light on the truth of Scripture.   Today’s passage is a perfect example of a passage of Scripture that can cause us difficulties.  A number of people approach Jesus, ostensibly desiring to follow him, but each is rebuffed by the Lord in a way that can appear harsh and unreasonable.   We can just St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-51568957934413035692020-06-23T07:12:00.001+01:002020-06-23T07:12:31.756+01:00The Golden RuleMatthew 7:6, 12–14     The Golden Rule is the heart of justice and of righteous behaviour.  The rule is “golden” because if we apply it in any situation, it becomes clear to us what we ought to do – it may not be easy, but we can see the right course of action.   Thinking about thsi rule can cure us of the blindness we often have when we get angry about what others do to us without realising St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-19171308046473487792020-06-16T06:58:00.001+01:002020-07-17T07:30:22.072+01:00"Create in me a pure heart, Oh God"Psalm 50 (51)   from YouVersion   10.    Create in me a pure heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.   11.    Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.   12.    Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.   Chris    St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-29388538054193553762020-06-15T06:43:00.001+01:002020-06-16T06:44:12.783+01:00Walk the extra mile – for JesusMatthew 5:38–42     We need to strike a balance between Jesus’s call not to seek retribution and the moral responsibility to take a stand against the evil in our world.  Jesus is telling us that we have a personal responsibility to examine our response to challenges we face, evil or otherwise.   Jesus’s challenge to turn the other cheek, is an almost impossible one to meet – our instincts for St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-74486493050322758642020-06-10T12:35:00.001+01:002020-06-10T12:35:02.730+01:00To Fulfil the LawMatthew 5:17–19   Jesus proclaimed that he had come not to abolish the law but to fulfil it.  It was to Israel that God gave the law and his great promises and God remains faithful to his chosen people.  The old law was superseded, not because it was wrong but because it was inadequate to bring people to salvation.   Elements of the Jewish law remain in place, such as the Ten Commandments, but St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0