tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-76355499954418196502021-10-23T21:29:35.826+01:00St Peter's Parish in BiggleswadeSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.comBlogger604125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-20488431570371342132021-10-15T07:04:00.001+01:002021-10-15T07:04:12.355+01:00Faith and St Teresa of ÁvilaLuke 12:1–7 • St Teresa of Ávila (Memoria!)   Fear of God is not a virtue we often come across nowadays, but it was cherished by the ancients and seen as the beginning of wisdom. This great virtue needs to be recovered in our own time and lives. What does it mean to fear God? Consider that he – who governs the sun, moon, oceans, earth, stars and cosmos – also knows when a mere sparrow falls down.St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-34675734495591302072021-10-11T06:53:00.001+01:002021-10-11T06:56:27.057+01:00The Sign of Jonah and Repentance http://www.ingodsimage.com/2016/04/the-sign-of-the-prophet-jonah/ Luke 11:29–32 On several occasions the Jews demanded miraculous signs (see Matt. 12:38; Mark 8:11), but Jesus rejected these requests because their motives were wrong.  In today’s passage Jesus says that those who demand a sign would indeed be given one – but only the sign of Jonah (v.29).  Jonah spent three days and three nightsSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-65992750329419815612021-10-03T07:06:00.001+01:002021-10-03T07:16:19.430+01:00Guardian Angels   Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash Matthew 18:1-5, 10 Today we celebrate the feast of the Guardian Angels. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.  Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-91415593912595443242021-09-30T07:48:00.001+01:002021-09-30T07:48:14.643+01:00St Jerome Memorial  ‘ “Like the deer that yearns for the fountains of water, so my soul is yearning for you, O God." As those deer, then, yearn for fountains of water so it is with our deer: they have come out of Egypt and left the world, they have slain Pharaoh and all his army in the waters of baptism. Now, after slaying the devil, they yearn for the fountains of the Church: the Father, the Son and the Holy St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-56650681444996045862021-09-24T09:59:00.001+01:002021-09-24T09:59:50.008+01:00Who do you say that I am? Haggai 1:15–2:9 • Psalm 42(43):1–4 • Luke 9:18–22 image from http://heartsofcompassioninternational.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-hear-from-god-part-1.html A Chinese proverb says that a person who asks a question is a fool for five minutes, but one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever. There are a number of key questions in life which we ignore at our peril. What is the purpose ofSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-37212523296357913802021-09-18T07:21:00.001+01:002021-09-18T07:23:04.590+01:00The SowerImage from http://www.luciasblog.com/2017/10/the-implanted-word-of-god.html   Luke 8:4–15   The Parable of the Sower is the “parable of parables”.  Jesus taught that understanding this parable is the key, or gateway, to all the others (Mark 4:13).   One way of looking at the Parable of the Sower is to understand the soil as our mind.  As the word of God engages with our mind a number of things St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-28694550124065990142021-09-09T06:29:00.001+01:002021-09-09T06:29:47.676+01:00Love whom? First Reading: Colossians 3: 12-17 You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins.  The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same.  Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love.  And St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-74514891568594594092021-08-26T06:33:00.001+01:002021-08-26T06:33:28.245+01:00Jesus tells us always to be readyMatthew 24:42–51 We do not know when we are going to die, or when the Lord is coming again, or even what will happen today or tomorrow.  We live in time but walk on the cusp of eternity.  We forget – or put out of our minds – how brief and fragile is life and that we have an eternal destiny. Jesus wants to shake us out of this kind of self-deception.  He captures a very common experience in the St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-69543803256318443852021-08-12T07:09:00.001+01:002021-08-12T07:09:34.581+01:00MercyMatthew 18:21 – 19:1   Our world is crying out for mercy, but it does not realise it.   In today’s parable, Jesus invites us to consider how the two qualities of forgiveness and mercy work int he human heart.  The servant is a classic example of one who, despite being the recipient of great mercy, fails to change his heart.  His behaviour towards the servant in debt to him is reprehensible.  The St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-76867820300956426032021-08-03T08:24:00.001+01:002021-08-03T08:24:02.857+01:00When the Storms of Life Assault Me   Matthew 14:22–36   Jesus retired to a private place to pray.  He knew the importance of refreshing himself in communion with his Father.  During the night he walked across the water to meet his disciples and calmed the storm.  We face many storms that frighten us and which threaten to overwhelm us, but when matters seem at their worst Jesus is with us saying, “Do not be afraid.”.  It brings usSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-76871361626366697422021-07-01T07:01:00.001+01:002021-07-01T07:02:33.281+01:00Forgive me, O LordMatthew 9:1–8   St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-53138308901032594182021-06-17T07:46:00.001+01:002021-06-17T07:46:04.635+01:00Our Lord's PrayerMatthew 6:7–15  Much is written about prayer but only one thing is needed. Much is said about prayer but only one thing is needed. The one thing that is needed is to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from him, for he is the Teacher and he is the Master of prayer. Today, we do just this: we sit at the feet of our Lord, our Master and our Teacher and learn from him, for he is gentle and humble ofSt Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-61356069936651342922021-06-06T07:42:00.001+01:002021-06-06T07:47:36.362+01:00The Body and Blood of ChristMk 14:12-16, 22-26   Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash What is the source and summit of the Christian life? Is it feeding the poor and alleviating world poverty? Is it a holy life or the witness of a saint? Is it a life dedicated to self-sacrifice and service of others? The Christian life is many things and it is certainly all of these. However, the source and summit of the Christian life is St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-44063881748080013962021-05-30T07:41:00.001+01:002021-06-06T07:42:40.799+01:00The Holy Trinity  Photo by Thaï Ch. Hamelin / ChokdiDesign on Unsplash Sunday 30 May (B) (Solemnity) The Holy Trinity. Matthew 28:16-20 In today's reading Jesus confirms that there are three Persons in one God. The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God. We are sent out as evangelisers, as apostles and witnesses of Christ because we are baptised into the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Some St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-24489469591431148852021-05-16T07:36:00.001+01:002021-05-16T07:36:05.669+01:00Jesus the High Priest prays to the FatherJohn 17:11–19   There have been many ordained priests, but actually there is only one Priest: Jesus the Great High Priest.  An ordained priest shares in the priestly ministry of Jesus, but there is only one mediatory between God and man – Jesus of Nazareth, our Lord and Saviour (1 Timothy 2:5).   John 17 is the high-priestly prayer of our High Priest.  If you want to know how our Priest prays, St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7635549995441819650.post-58661610424331369542021-04-19T07:13:00.001+01:002021-04-19T07:13:23.817+01:00Imitating God"Once you start to imitate God here on earth, then you will realise that your soul already lives in heaven, and you will begin to understand the mysteries of God.   “You will love and admire those who are being persecuted because they refuse to deny God,  You will condemn the conceit and error of this world.  You will hold even death itself in contempt, becoming fearless in speaking to others St Peter's Parish, Biggleswadehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04326675301177558859noreply@blogger.com0tag: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.com0