tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-76355499954418196502019-12-07T07:20:02.539+00:00St Peter's Parish in BiggleswadeSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.comBlogger467125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-43607729276683998512019-12-07T07:20:00.001+00:002019-12-07T07:20:02.405+00:00Our ShepherdMatthew 9:35 – 10:1, 6-8   The language of the Gospel recalls the words of the Old Testament prophets, especially Ezekiel.  Israel’s religious leaders had failed to give sure guidance to the people, to keep them faithful to the covenant and to maintain proper awareness of God in their midst.   God’s answer to this was to promise that he himself would come amonth his people to shepherd them (St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-48924527401601156252019-12-01T07:40:00.001+00:002019-12-01T07:40:04.862+00:00The First Sunday of AdventMatthew 24:37-44   ‘Advent’ literallly means ‘coming’, and the Church has always sought to remind us during this holy season of the three comings of Christ: his first at his birth, his second at his return to Earth in glory and his third when he comes into each of our lives.     The work of the Spirit in our lives is twofold: he compels us to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-24627896762067163592019-11-28T07:01:00.001+00:002019-11-28T07:01:29.942+00:00Come, Lord Jesus, comeLuke 21:20-28   We need to take Scriptures like today’s reading very seriously.  The same Luke who recorded the beauty of the nativity also gave us today’s apocalyptic vision of the end of the world.   Jesus warns that these events will cause the faith of many to be shaken.  But in warning of these events, his purpose is to assure his disciples that they are part of God’s overarching plan for theSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-91253039342537674162019-11-20T07:36:00.001+00:002019-11-20T07:36:44.489+00:00Our GiftsLuke 19:11-28   We are not unlike the servants in the parable: we have been entrusted with many gifts and we are awaiting the return of our King.     We are not to be like the unproductive servant and entertain unworthy and erroneous thoughts about our heavenly Lord.  God is for us and is delighted with all our efforts to produce fruit for his kingdom.  A fruit that is especially pleasing to God St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-59023808724438027722019-11-19T07:34:00.001+00:002019-11-19T07:34:33.618+00:00The grace of JesusLuke 19:1-10   Jesus came to seek and save the lost, for sure, but he also came to flip everything on its head.     If we could but grasp that none of us is righteous.  The only way that anyone can be reconciled with God is through the saving death and resurrection of Jesus.   We share a common humanity with every person on Earth: the drug addicts, the prisoners, the cheats, the adulterers and St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-5936509999136284992019-11-12T07:02:00.001+00:002019-11-12T07:02:17.849+00:00Lord, I am unworthy servantLuke 17:7-10   Who is greater: the one who sits at the table or the one who serves?  Jesus turned the idea of greatness on its head, linking true greatness with true service.   The prayer of tye true servant is the prayer of the unworthy servant, “Lord, I am an unworthy servant.  I have only done my duty."   How many strive for this level of total commitment and dedication?   The point, though, St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-43731311828167495502019-11-06T07:33:00.001+00:002019-11-06T07:33:43.892+00:00The Invitation to God's BanquetLuke 14:15-24   God invites not only a privileged few or those whom the world considers important, but everyone.  We should not take this invitation for granted but try to understand what a wonderful call it is.   The imagery of a banquet shows how God wants to lavish good things on us.  As we come to see this, we can see how foolish it is for us to be immersed in other things and telling St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-38074997813865682292019-11-03T06:48:00.001+00:002019-11-03T06:48:21.597+00:00Forgiveness, the Scandal of MercyLuke 19:1-10   This encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus the tax collector illustrates perfectly the ‘scandal of grace’.  It brings to the fore this very important biblical teaching that where sin abounds, grace super-abounds.   God loves the sinner, but hates the sin.   Through his encounter with Jesus Zacchaeus had an experience of God’s mercy and compassion which touched him and led him to St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-91740927448547207892019-11-01T07:31:00.001+00:002019-11-01T07:31:19.017+00:00The Beatitudes Matthew 5: 1-12 Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill.  There he sat down and was joined by his disciples.  Then he began to speak.  This is what he taught them: ‘How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  'Happy the gentle: they shall have the earth for their heritage.  'Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.  'Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-55120999527512293762019-10-30T06:54:00.001+00:002019-10-30T06:54:04.031+00:00The Narrow DoorLuke 13:22-30   The gate or door to salvation is Jesus himself (John 10:9).  He knocks on the door of our souls (Rev 3:20) and invites us to acknowledge that he is Lord.  God created us without us, but he does not save us without us.   How can we then be saved?  By turning to Jesus every day, acknowledging our need of him and asking for the grace to live out our vocation.   Lord Jesus Christ, youSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-2693019074450246422019-10-25T07:18:00.001+01:002019-10-25T07:18:57.833+01:00Signs of the TimesLuke 12:54-59   What are the signs of the times today?  How do we know that God is living and active among us?     The election of Pope Francis is a sign of the times, certainly: his love for the poor, his refusal to accept or mbrance many of the élitist trappings of his office; his passion for the simple Gospel message; and his love for God and for Jesus.   Another sign of the times is the rise St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-58864783880670227002019-10-22T08:26:00.001+01:002019-10-22T08:27:23.012+01:00Come, Lord Jesus Luke 12:35-38 “Be patient waiting for Jesus’ return.  The tension between now and the final event of Jesus coming again must be lived in serene hope, committed to the present moment – we are pilgrims in search for a lasting home; we hope, as our forefathers in faith did, for a better homeland, in other words for heaven.  Come, Lord Jesus, come.”  Pope St John Paul II St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-63413038805336478552019-10-19T18:04:00.001+01:002019-10-19T18:04:00.751+01:00"Whoever acknowledges me before men . . ."Luke 12:8-12   Today, in the here and now, it takes a certain courage to stand up for our faith.  It is easier on one level to stand up for Christian values and ethics.  People often talk about the Catholic or the Christian ethos as if simply speaking in these broad terms says as much as is needed about who we are as believers.  But what if someone asked, “What part does Jesus play in that ethos?St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-52035973750567788802019-10-08T07:22:00.001+01:002019-10-08T07:22:49.944+01:00The importance of listening – Martha or Mary?Luke 10:38-42   Mary did what Martha didn’t — she made time.   We know in our own hearts that the decision to find time to pray is often harder than the decision to attend to work, write another email, make a telephone call etc . . .   Today we put out into the deep in expectation of encountering the Lord in a new way in prayer.  Today we rejoice in the pearl of great price, the ‘one thing’ that St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-60169762728932146512019-10-07T07:30:00.001+01:002019-10-07T07:30:55.836+01:00Who is my neighbour?Luke 10:25-37   Who is your neighbour?  Our faith invites us to go beyond our immediate circle and to reach out to people who fall outside our neat categories and boxes.  We are called to love and to care for people who might be unlovable by the standards of the world: criminals, drug addicts, drug dealers etc . . .   Despite the social action element of the parable many Church fathers saw that St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-38855850911281572019-09-29T08:09:00.001+01:002019-09-29T08:09:18.449+01:00Remember the PoorLuke 16:19-31   In the developing world our brothers and sisters have immense needs.  Jesus came to “preach the good news to the poor” (cf Matthew 11:5, Luke 7:22).  How can we fail to lay greater emphasis on the Church’s preferential option for the poor and the outcast?   Indeed, it has to be said that a commitment to justice and peace in a world like ours, marked by so many conflicts and St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-68807727475694430182019-09-25T18:17:00.001+01:002019-09-25T18:32:47.008+01:00Rucksack Appeal Vincent de St Paul Society (Shefford & Biggleswade) Our SVP needs your help collecting items for……. RUCKSACKS FOR THE HOMELESS! We need donations of these items to fill as many rucksacks as we can for the homeless.Target: 12 completed rucksacks. Can you donate any of these items?…. 1 fleece or Jumper 1 deodorant 1 pack of razors 1 pack of wet wipes 1 pack of tissues 1 pack of St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-85372361020943150002019-09-21T16:51:00.001+01:002019-09-21T16:51:57.640+01:00Being with Christ Jesus says, ‘Whoever is not with me is against me; And whoever does not gather with me, scatters.’   I sometimes feel my life is like scrubland,   halfway between garden and desert.   I sometimes feel I live in a world of twilight,   halfway between day and night. I sometimes feel like lukewarm water, halfway between hot and cold. I sometimes feel I am in a St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-50887557368971209772019-09-17T07:24:00.000+01:002019-09-29T08:04:33.186+01:00The Faith of the Centurion Luke 7:11-17   Some of the most powerful and moving things Jesus said were connected with grief and loss.  Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. (Matt. 5:4).  When faced with the grief of Mary and Martha, John informs us that “Jesus wept”.     How moving it must have been to see Jesus, himself the Resurrection and the Life, weep freely and openly (John 11:35).  St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-34644794908602976832019-09-13T07:17:00.001+01:002019-09-13T07:18:51.816+01:00Love – Do good – GiveLuke 6:39-42   Love, do good, give; the moral and ethical teaching of Jesus can be summed up in these four words.   The Church draws on thousands of years of teaching and human experience, much of it rooted in the dark alleys of confusion, darkness and sinfulness of its sons and daughters, clergy and lay people alike.     But the wisdom of the Church resides first in the wisdom of Christ.  She isSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-83299847748703810782019-09-12T07:15:00.001+01:002019-09-12T07:15:35.212+01:00How and Whom we should LoveLuke 6:27-38   The Greeks had four forms of love, according to C S Lewis (The Four Loves); of these agape love is the most challenging, perhaps.  To get to grips with agape  love, pray and reflect on today’s Gospel.     Jesus tells us that it it not those who are good to us whom we should love, but those who take active steps to do us harm: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, blessSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-92043008180804778112019-08-29T06:35:00.001+01:002019-08-29T06:35:25.862+01:00Three Ways to RestThere is an entry on the You Version blog:   https://blog.youversion.com/2019/08/3-ways-to-rest-in-a-world-that-wont-stop-working/   That describes ways to rest, ways to stop doing stuff because doing stuff makes you feel as if you’re getting somewhere.   You might achieve something with the doing, but not as much or as happily if you’ve taken time to be close to Jesus first.   And I like the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-88452160554761004272019-08-21T07:01:00.001+01:002019-08-21T07:02:22.615+01:00God's ways, not ours. His will, not mineMatthew 20:1-16   The point of today’s parable is that in the kingdom the blessings and rewards of God are received out of God’s goodness and love, not on the basis of our merit or the length of our service.  Many years ago St Teresa of Avila wisely commented: :We should forget the number of years we have served him.  The  more we serve him, the more deeply we fall in his debt."   God’s ways – St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-81843071790869944562019-08-19T07:41:00.001+01:002019-08-19T07:41:13.507+01:00What must I do, Jesus?Matthew 19:16-22   Faith is an action word.  As James writes of Abraham, “Faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works.” (Jas. 2:22).  Jesus’s prescription to the young man, “go, sell . . . give,” paves the way for what comes: entering into and enjoying a continuing love-relationship with Jesus.     For the young man, wealth was a barrier to surrender; for us the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-35743342381040059322019-07-20T10:02:00.001+01:002019-07-20T10:02:58.152+01:00Avoid our hearts becoming hardenedMatthew 12:14-21   Here is my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved, the favourite of my soul.  I will endow him with my spirit, and he will proclaim the true faith to the nations.  He will not brawl or shout, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.  He will not break the crushed reed, nor put out the smouldering wick till he has led the truth to victory: in his name the nations will put St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0