tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-76355499954418196502019-05-18T12:53:25.030+01:00St Peter's Parish in BiggleswadeSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.comBlogger433125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-7376399432322654162019-05-18T12:13:00.001+01:002019-05-18T12:40:01.812+01:00The Deep End – Love One Another‘Love one another’ is the basic principle of Christianity, as Jesus loved. It is simple, yet we can make it so complicated. Jesus’s love was controversial for some people, because it was love without exclusion. To love as Jesus loved is to love those it is hard to love. This love ultimately leads to Jesus’ death. Jesus loved sinners, tax-collectors, prostitutes, people of other religions, the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-81588133431405984252019-05-12T07:21:00.002+01:002019-05-18T12:40:45.620+01:00The Good ShepherdGospel: John 10:27-30 Jesus said: ‘The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone, and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.’ How do we hear the voicer of the Shepherd?  In our prayer, through the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-47059330468692806122019-04-28T07:19:00.002+01:002019-04-28T07:20:14.091+01:00Doubt Faith in God and acceptance of Jesus is often reached through a process which involves questions, struggles and difficulties.  Indeed, there can be a way in which, as St Augustine said, doubt and unbelief are really no more than fear dressed up: "For I keep my heart from assenting anything, fearing to fall headlong; but hanging in suspense I was worse killed." Doubt can be the gateway to faith.St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-66563906254069858912019-04-18T07:42:00.000+01:002019-04-28T07:20:34.958+01:00Maundy Thursday Today's Gospel reading: John 13:1-15 Jesus washes the feet of his disciples; he humbles himself to them to show them how they must serve each other. 'Jesus, come, my feet are dirty.  You have become a servant for my sake, so fill your basin with water; come wash my feet.  I know that I am bold in saying this, bur your own words have made me fearful: "If I do not wash your feet you will have noSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-3621458876314893252019-04-13T06:55:00.001+01:002019-05-18T12:45:51.261+01:00Plotting against JesusToday's Gospel reading: John 11:45-56 As we stand on the eve of Holy Week, we are invited to enter into the mystery of the cross.  It is not possible to escape the difficult reality that God's beloved Son was delivered up to the most brutal, cruel and torturous method of capital punishment known to mankind.  The only way the human race could be saved was by Jesus embracing the cross.  Flesh and St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-91146751772404378982019-04-09T06:27:00.000+01:002019-04-09T06:27:23.302+01:00The Cross Today's Gospel reading: John 8:21-30 The cross was an historic event which is made present to us every time we celebrate the Eucharist.  St Bonaventure said of St Francis of Assisi:”The memory of Christ Jesus crucified was ever present in the depths of his heart like a bundle of myrrh.”  This Lent we pray for this same grace – that the memory of the cross, of Jesus lifted up, may so burn St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-52986036473416281962019-03-20T06:27:00.002+00:002019-03-20T06:28:30.174+00:00Humility Today's Gospel reading: Matthew 20:17-28 " . . . the Son of Man to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." The Lord uses this instance of naked ambition to teach true greatness: humility. But what is humility?  We can be tempted to think that humility is about low self-esteem or running ourselves down, but humility has more to do with having a sense of God's St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-36476391483027727092019-03-15T16:53:00.001+00:002019-03-15T16:54:34.202+00:00Jesus and Anger Righteous anger is rare; it was the anger that Jesus displayed when he drove the market traders out of the temple (John 2:13ff) but perhaps he is the only human being who has expressed sinless anger. During Lent we can examine our hearts and confess our sins, and it is an ideal opportunity to look at the causes of our anger.  The way to overcome anger is to repent.  We come before the Lord and St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-37247233791712233972019-03-13T06:09:00.000+00:002019-03-13T17:06:01.368+00:00Sin and Repentance Today's Gospel reading: Luke 11:29-32 The crowds got even bigger and Jesus addressed them.  ‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign.  The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah.  For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.  On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation and condemn St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-85085804715741130052019-03-10T07:44:00.000+00:002019-03-10T07:48:46.488+00:00LentLent is also a time for us to discover anew and afresh the Gospel, the "Good News", which Jesus began to proclaim immediately after his time of testing. What is the Good News? The Good News is a message of two parts. The first part is to repent and the second to believe in the Gospel. We walk together on this road marked out for us by the Church and take up our call to resist the devil, St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-16842557672849409192019-03-02T06:43:00.000+00:002019-03-02T06:52:20.223+00:00Childlike FaithMark 10:13-16Jesus wants each of us to possess a childlike faith – a pure , unassuming faith. This straightforward type of faith allows us to receive God's gift of salvation without pretention or hyporcrisy. It allows us to believe unswervingly that God is who that he says he is. Like children who rely on their parents' provision for their daily needs, we should humbly depend on our heavenly St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-78790312254778321402019-02-28T09:37:00.002+00:002019-02-28T09:46:16.819+00:00The Big Picture - You, The Bible & God's Plan.... <!--[if gte vml 1]> <![endif]--><!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]--> Do you wonder what relevance is the bible to me in my life?  Are you confused as to what the bible is all about? Have you tried to read it but found it a struggle and gave up?   If any of this is you then this course is just what you need…. Any adult 17 +yrs, or youth Albanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11966709367579003126noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-59207385105569776922019-02-17T11:11:00.002+00:002019-03-02T06:51:48.376+00:00The Beatitudes in St Luke's Gospel The Beatitudes are not only for the saints but for all of us. They contain both promises of what we shall become and a revelation of what we have begun to be, albeit in perhaps a dim or somewhat hidden way. One way of living the Beatitudes and of putting them into practice is to memorise them, to become as familiar with them as we are with the Our Father or the Hail Mary. This simple step willSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-90033401258271775822019-01-29T06:20:00.000+00:002019-01-29T06:24:54.095+00:00The will of God As we set out today to obey God and do his will, our heart, our mind and our conscience will learn to detect what brings us peace, wellbeing and happiness – and what does not. Pope John XXIII said once, "You know it is not the noise we make in our liver, nor the things that we see, that count, but the love with which we do the will of God."Chris(from today's Reflections in Bible Alive)St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-1291069599906421452019-01-12T17:31:00.000+00:002019-01-12T17:36:41.198+00:00Baptism of the LordJesus's baptism was the acceptance and inauguration of his mission as God's Suffering Servant. He allowed himself to be numbered among us sinners – he is truly "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29In today's Gospel we are seeing unfolding before our eyes the "fulfilling of all righteousness" (see Matt. 3:15). We are witnesses to Jesus's consenting to his Father's St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-90422423372705080472019-01-07T06:22:00.000+00:002019-01-07T06:25:52.566+00:00The Holy SpiritThe Spirit knows our hearts and our shortcomings but wants us to have confidence in his power to renew us. The command to love one another would be impossible to fulfil were we to rely on ourselves – we need his love, help and support. When we welcome the Spirit to be our teacher and guide he will come without our knowing, without our being aware of how it happens. But we will find him St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-61197920501854296862019-01-05T07:11:00.000+00:002019-01-05T07:17:41.097+00:00LoveToday's first reading is from St John's first letter, 1 John 3:11-21. John knew and talked to and touched Jesus, the Son of God, the one who laid down his life for mankind."This how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." (v16).And from Victor Hugo, "To love another person is to see the face of God". The key to loving St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-41878377828072097542019-01-01T07:26:00.000+00:002019-01-01T07:34:44.857+00:00The New YearHappy New Year!We do not know what the New Year will bring us or our community, or any community around the world. But we do know that whatever happens to us, tragedy or joy, peace or war, tumult or stability, we are children of God, redeemed by the Son and sanctified by the Holy Spirit.Regardless of any New Year resolutions that we might make the most important resolve that we can commit to St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-79682616426457137572018-11-02T06:05:00.000+00:002018-11-02T06:09:05.020+00:00Who will be saved? Luke 13:22-30According to C.S. Lewis, "A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do."Heaven and eternal life are our goal and purpose. This is not to deny that we have free will and can ultimately reject God through our own decision – but because God desires that everyone should be saved (see 2 Peter 3:9).fromSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-92009015957622533632018-10-19T06:34:00.000+01:002018-10-19T06:40:47.318+01:00Every human . . ."I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God." Luke 12:8.And C S Lewis summed up the meaning of today's gospel (Luke 12:1-7) like this:"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-56212845456387483942018-10-09T06:09:00.001+01:002018-10-09T06:13:21.552+01:00The Lord – Blessed John Henry Newman"May the Lord support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and our work is done."Then in his mercy may he give us safe lodging, and holy rest, and rest at the last. Amen"Blessed John Henry NewmanSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-60976246127799043722018-10-06T17:29:00.000+01:002018-10-06T17:30:42.360+01:00MarriageWe pray for married couples, giving praise to God for their witness of love. We pray, too, for those who are separated or divorced that they would know in a practical and real way the support and prayers of the Church community.from Bible Alive Reflections.St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-62856665109865739542018-09-30T17:35:00.000+01:002018-09-30T17:40:46.957+01:00StrangersToday's gospel, Matthew 9:38-48, deals with strangers who deal in the business of the disciples – driving out demons in the name of Jesus. The disciples appear to be jealous of outsiders doing what was their prerogative (or that of Jesus, their Lord).But Jesus reminds them that if these people are not against Jesus and his disciples they are for them: no one can be neutral when it comes to the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-20944198082972621752018-09-20T06:50:00.000+01:002018-09-30T17:40:22.316+01:00The scandal of graceLuke 7:36-50In today's gospel, Jesus teaches the Pharisee about grade. Every human being has fallen short of God's glory; those who find themselves in the cycle of addiction, the trap of sexual sin or the grip of obsession appear in greater need of salvation. Simon the Pharisee considered himself superior to the woman "who had lived a sinful life".But we all need God's grace; we all benefit St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-39961117440973100602018-08-11T10:14:00.000+01:002018-08-11T10:18:02.995+01:00Notes from Canon BennieThank you everybody who kept things going while I was on Holiday.I had a great break, thank God. I spent all of my time in County Cork after travelling to see friends in the Dublin & Leinster area.May God reward you who give God and His Church of your time.Praise indeed! From our Local Authority.Bishop Peter, a few years back, asked us to question ourselves….. what impression do our Churches St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0