tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-76355499954418196502021-04-16T08:27:57.017+01:00St Peter's Parish in BiggleswadeSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.comBlogger588125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-71097768278014056862021-04-04T07:40:00.001+01:002021-04-04T07:42:38.780+01:00He is RisenJohn 20:1–9 or Mark 16:1–7   Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Easter Sunday   Our faith is rooted in real and historical events.  Jesus of Nazareth was born in the town of Bethlehem, grew up in Nazareth and minstered in Galilee and Jerusalem; he died on the cross at Calvary and rose again on the third day.  All these events are historically verified by reliable witnesses: the birth and the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-21730403214567404542021-03-26T09:59:00.001+00:002021-03-26T09:59:50.332+00:00I believe Jesus is the Son of God Jesus incensed the Pharisees by claiming to be one with the Father, in effect claiming to be God (v. 33).  Since stoning was the punishment under the law in cases of blasphemy, they picked up their stones. Appealing to the authority of Scripture, and quoting from Psalm 81(82) verse 6, Jesus argued that if in  this psalm men could be called 'gods', how much more appropriate was it that the one St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-91607674760605314272021-02-25T09:24:00.001+00:002021-02-25T09:24:40.116+00:00Ask and you will receive . . .Matthew 7:7–12 Lenten Weekday Who is God? What is God like? How can we know God? These are good questions but actually very challenging ones, as we are sure you would agree. Jesus answered these questions in his teaching and, as we meditate upon the truth he revealed, we are invited to open and expand our minds and hearts and allow our preconceptions and misconceptions to be challenged. Today's St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-65323850529214307962021-02-23T09:44:00.000+00:002021-02-25T09:45:11.036+00:00Our Father – Jesus taught us to prayMatthew 6:7–15 St Polycarp (Commemoration) Jesus’s teaching on prayer is warm, clear and direct.  In teaching us about prayer he reveals his Father. Jesus wants us to relate to God as our Father – to cry out, Abba, Father'.  The greatest privilege and joy we have as Christians is that we can address God in this intimate and loving way:  The new man, reborn and restored to his God by grace, says St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-26650578378844479792021-02-22T06:57:00.001+00:002021-02-22T06:57:44.114+00:00Chair of St Peter (Feast)   Today we pray especially for Pope Francis, thanking God for the gift of his ministry.  We pray that he would walk in the shoes of the humble fisherman.  Like St Peter, the Pope is only a man.  He needs our support, our best wishes and most of all our prayers.   We pray also that, like St Peter, the grace of revelation would lead him as he holds out the life-giving teaching of the gospel.   St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-91570435976905881022021-02-21T07:22:00.001+00:002021-02-21T07:25:00.056+00:00First Sunday of Lent 2021Mark 1:12-15 First Sunday of Lent (B) The Spirit led Jesus into the desert for forty days to be tempted and tested. During Lent we too are led by the Spirit into the mystery of Jesus's time in the desert. By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert (Catechism of the Catholic Church 540). We too, during this holy season, can expect to St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-84664253205976426932021-02-14T06:34:00.000+00:002021-02-15T06:57:30.267+00:00Jesus heals the leper of his diseaseMark 1:40–45 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)  Leprosy was one of the most repugnant and most feared diseases in the ancient world. In the Old Testament the term was used to denote a broad range of skin diseases, some of which were curable, and so the law stipulated conditions to be fulfilled if the disease was to be recognised as cured. In its most virulent form it was considered so serious St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-59870188904975566072021-02-09T00:43:00.001+00:002021-02-09T00:47:55.327+00:00 Step up to CAFOD's 2021 Lent appeal challenge. Can you walk alongside Abdella?Abdella's story"I am a young man. I am wasting my life. What would I do if I had the time? I would start a small business. I want to make something of myself.”Abdella, 23, from Afar in northern EthiopiaAbdella is 23 and lives in a small village in the Afar region in northern Ethiopia.  He wakes before dark to start on a long journey that will see him walk along a Albanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11966709367579003126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-33244542007943005132021-02-07T07:11:00.000+00:002021-02-08T07:12:57.990+00:00Heal our Sin, Lord Jesus Mark 1:29–39  In a commentary on St Mark's Gospel St Bede makes the following observation about the healing of Peter's mother-in-law, “The health which is conferred at the command of the Lord returns at once entire, accompanied with such strength that she is able to minister to those of whose help she had before stood in need.”  The miracle involved Jesus's directly touching her, taking her by St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-19630508016433878192021-01-29T07:22:00.000+00:002021-01-31T07:39:10.623+00:00Parable of the Growing Seed    Mark 4:26–34 • Ordinary Weekday The parable of the Growing Seed is unique to Mark's Gospel.  Its emphasis, unlike the parable of the Sower, is on the power inherent within the seed, and not the quality of the soil.  The parable invites us to think, pray and ponder on the way the kingdom of God grows in our lives.  In the parable, once sown, the seed sprouts and grows until it is fully grown. St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-54693200267026947842021-01-22T07:43:00.001+00:002021-01-23T07:49:18.923+00:00The "Sent Ones"  Mark 3:13–19 Jesus is the Father's Emissary.  At the beginning of his ministry he appointed twelve men to be his emissaries (apostoloi). In the same way that the Father sent Jesus, so Jesus sent these apostles, literally translated sent ones', into the world to preach the good news (John 20:21).  Today's Church stands on the shoulders of these great men of God, who were chosen, commissioned St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-43362384344187149432021-01-15T07:32:00.001+00:002021-01-15T07:32:33.919+00:00Shunned and rejected, but not by JesusHebrews 3:7–14 • Psalm 94(95):6–11 • Mark 1:40-45 In the ancient world lepers were outcasts. Feared and loathed in equal measure, despised and dreaded too, they scraped out a meagre existence by beggıng and pleading for mercy. The Levitical law was clear, unambiguous and harsh: The leper who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-45013853113352033802021-01-09T07:37:00.001+00:002021-01-09T07:37:43.121+00:00Take CourageMark 6:45–52     In today’s Gospel reading Jesus tells us, “Take courange! . . . Don’t be afraid.” (v50, NIV).  The remedy for fear is love, faith and courage.  God’s love for us is so intense, so prolific, so all-forgiving that we should never be burdened by guilt or bound by fear.   In God’s love we can become like infants, blissfully and safely asleep in his arms, where nothing else matters.St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-27297633100851232312021-01-06T07:28:00.001+00:002021-01-06T07:31:59.476+00:00Epiphany!(Solemnity) Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12   “O wise men from afar, O kings, where are you going in such haste? O wise men from afar, anger persecutes the child." Jesus came to bring light to our darkened world. Today's feast of the Epiphany celebrates the unveiling of this light to the Gentiles. Our scene is set during the reign of Herod, who had been appointed king by the Roman Senate in St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-66602609058177151342021-01-01T08:00:00.001+00:002021-01-01T08:00:03.365+00:00Prayer for the New YearFrom the Downside Prayer Book 2009 The New Year An old custom used to be to give thanks for the old year and pray for blessing on the new. At an early date, the Roman Church kept the day as a feast of Mary and dedicated the new year to the intercession of the Mother of God. It is also observed now as the World Day of Prayer for Peace. O God of infinite mercy and generosity, we give you thanks forSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-39127682045078983452021-01-01T07:55:00.001+00:002021-01-01T07:55:36.307+00:00Mary, Mother of GodGalatians 4:4–7 Mary, Mother of God (Solemnity). Today the dawn broke on another year. We look out on it as it stretches ahead of us, full of hope, and we pray and ask for grace. For sure, the passage of time is relentless, unstoppable and, for all of us, an ever-present reality. The young urge time to go faster that they may grow up more quickly and do all the things they want to do. As we age, St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-43157225369695654732020-12-24T07:02:00.001+00:002020-12-24T07:04:27.996+00:00Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel 2 Samuel 7:1–5, 8–16 • Psalm 88(89): 2–5, 27,29 • Luke1:67–79 John’s father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited his people, he has come to their rescue and he has raised up for us a power for salvation in the House of his servant David even as he proclaimed, by the mouth of his holy prophets from ancient St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-74093290755115158392020-12-22T06:26:00.001+00:002020-12-22T06:27:22.110+00:00The Magnificat1 Samuel 1:24–28 - 1 Samuel 2:1, 4–8 - Luke 1:46–56Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my saviour; because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.  Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me.  Holy is his name, and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.‘He has St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-85134465302594600082020-12-20T18:15:00.001+00:002020-12-20T18:17:28.208+00:00Fourth Sunday of AdventHow shall we prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus as our King this Christmas? A king can rule only when the people give him authority to reign over them.  Jesus will be our king only if we invite him to rule over us by placing our whole lives under him, leaving no area of our lives outside his kingship and holding nothing back from him. We must make the decision to follow him, obey him and serve St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-63329761040844894302020-12-17T07:08:00.001+00:002020-12-17T07:09:53.315+00:00John the BaptistIsaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25 • Psalm 84(85):9-14 • Luke 7:19-23    John the Baptist was one of the greatest men who ever lived and figured prominently in the period immediately preceding the ministry of Jesus. Not only had John foretold the coming of Jesus (Matt. 3:11f.), he had recognised him, pointed him out to others (John 1:29) and baptised him (Matt. 3:13-17). John had faithfully and fearlessly St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-34699689609734424292020-12-07T08:17:00.001+00:002020-12-07T08:17:56.862+00:00Faith and ForgivenessIsaiah 35:1-10  Psalm 84(85):9–14  Luke 5:17–26The paralysed man is healed, not because of his own faith, but through the faith of his friends. This fascinating incident highlights that a sure knowledge and experience of forgiveness is a fundamental human need which strikes at the very core of who we are. And who are we? We are persons created in the image and likeness of God, but fallen and St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-88458091780948998032020-12-02T07:50:00.001+00:002020-12-02T07:51:18.133+00:00Jesus heals the sickIsaiah 25:6–10 • Psalm 22(23) • Matthew 15:29–37   A great crowd was brought to Jesus for healing and he healed them all.  Jesus is still able to heal broken lives, and we can be the ones to bring suffering people to him.   Who do you know who needs Christ’s healing touch?  You can bring them to Jesus through prayer or by explaining to them the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15 – St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-25092971506617356362020-12-01T07:30:00.001+00:002020-12-01T07:30:18.866+00:00The Root of JesseIsaiah 11:1–11   1 And a rod will go forth from the root of Jesse, and a flower will ascend from his root. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety. 3 And he will be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He will not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reproveSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-55135930633341077352020-11-28T07:40:00.001+00:002020-11-28T07:48:54.002+00:00Our goal, destiny and purpose Luke 21:34–36 Jesus understood the human: condition with all its weaknesses, inclinations and peccadillos. He counsels us to be careful or our hearts will be weighed down with three things: dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and ‘that day’ will close unexpectedly on us like a trap. The day the Lord was referring to is the day of his coming, the day of judgement but also the day St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-69242405527693590482020-11-26T07:49:00.001+00:002020-11-26T08:03:43.305+00:00Amen. Come, Lord Jesus, come  Luke 21:20-28 The disciples’ admiration and appreciation of the beauty of the temple has prompted Jesus to make a long discourse about the destruction which he foresees will happen to Jerusalem, and which in fact did happen when the Romans marched on the city and destroyed it in AD 70. As is typical in prophecy, Jesus presents the events of Jerusalem’s fall and the end of the world side by St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0