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Congratulations to Mrs Catherine Mulrine on being visited by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Cllr Philip Braat, and being presented with a medal on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Japan for her part in the 2nd World War.

 

Mass:  Entry: You must love,   St Andrew Sanctus and Memorial; Dalreoch Agnus; I come that you; Be still and know;  Coda You must love   

A reading from the book of  Exodus 22:20-26 ©

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the sons of Israel this: “You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh with the widow, or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry; my anger will flare and I shall kill you with the sword, your own wives will be widows, your own children orphans.  ‘“If you lend money to any of my people, to any poor man among you, you must not play the usurer with him: you must not demand interest from him.  ‘“If you take another’s cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him before sunset. It is all the covering he has; it is the cloak he wraps his body in; what else would he sleep in? If he cries to me, I will listen, for I am full of pity.”’

Ps 17: I love you, Lord my God.

A reading from the 1st Letter to the  Thessalonians 1:5-10

You observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, and you were led to become imitators of us, and of the Lord; and it was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you. This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread – and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for the news of your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God; and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which is coming.

Alleluia, alleluia! If anyone loves me he will keep my word,  and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him. Alleluia!

Gospel
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’

intercessions  

That the church, and the whole of our national community, may have a care for the needs of the most vulnerable – including the widow and the orphan, the stranger and the refugee, the homeless and the poor.   Lord, hear us

We pray that the stress caused by the coronavirus may help nations and their leaders to realise that we are all part of one human family, and that we need to care for each other and for the world we share.    Lord, hear us

For peace in the Holy Land, the Yemen, Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa and everywhere where people’s lives are spoiled or taken from them by violence or neglect.            Lord, hear us

In this time of the Pandemic, we pray for healing for people everywhere who are ill, anxious, or housebound –  within our families and community, including Bernice Burke, Eddie Gettens, Molly McGavigan, Teresa Kidd, Margaret McLean, Andrine Mansi, Fred Newman, Mary Clunie, Sean Fitzgerald,  Ishbel MacMillan, Bessie Malane, Bill Harrison, Jack Rae, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt, Rae McVey, John Gibson, Eleanor Reid, for those being treated in the local Hospice, and for all who support them. We pray also for those who serve the country in the emergency services.       Lord, hear us

We pray for our dead and for those who mourn – including Richard Burton, James Mooney, Biddy Gilfedder, Agnes Burns, Sally Davis, Agnes Burns, Margaret Ann Gallacher, Tom MacAweaney, Alkis Constantouris, and Inna Mohammad.

And for those who anniversary falls at this time: Archie McKay, Annie Harris, Leo Gilbert, Mike Daly, Annie Gara, Nicola Clare, Kathleen McCann, Bridie McCallion.
Lord, hear us

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Pope Francis on  Elijah the prophet and man of prayer

Speaking to the faithful in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday, Pope Francis described the prophet Elijah as “one of the most compelling characters in the whole of Sacred Scripture.”   “He goes beyond the confines of his time,” the Pope said. He also recalled how Elijah appeared at Jesus’ side, together with Moses, at the moment of the Transfiguration.  In the Bible, the Pope noted, “Elijah appears suddenly, in a mysterious way.”

Pope Francis said the prophet Elijah is a man without “a precise origin, and above all without an end, taken up into heaven: for this reason, his return was expected before the coming of the Messiah.”

The Pope emphasized, “Scripture presents Elijah as a man of crystalline faith.”“Elijah is the example of all people of faith who know temptation and suffering, but do not fail to live up to the ideal for which they were born.”

Focusing on Elijah’s prayer life, Pope Francis underlined how prayer and contemplation sustained the Prophet not only in moments of great success but also in the face of adversity and persecution.

In off the cuff remarks, Pope Francis highlighted the need for the “spirit of Elijah” in today’s world.  “How much we need believers, zealous Christians, who stand up in front of people with responsibility with the courage of Elijah: to say, “You cannot do this.”

 “Elijah is the man of God, who stands as a defender of the primacy of the Most High. And yet, he too is forced to come to terms with his own frailties.”

Pope Francis explained to those gathered, that Elijah “shows us that there should be no dichotomy in the life of those who pray: one stands before the Lord and goes towards the brothers and sisters to whom He sends us. The proof of prayer is the real love of one’s neighbour.”

Elijah teaches us, commented the Pope, that fervent prayer and union with God cannot be separated from concern for the needs of others.    Digressing from his prepared text, Pope Francis noted that prayer is “a confrontation with God and letting oneself be sent to serve one’s brothers and sisters.” In prayer, Pope Francis pointed out, the prophet grew in discernment of the Lord’s will and found the courage to denounce injustice, even at great personal cost.

Elijah’s experience of God in prayer, he noted, culminated, when the Lord appeared to him not in wind and fire, but “in a quiet whisper.”

Elijah, a story for us all

“This is the story of Elijah,” the Pope concluded, “but it seems written for all of us.”   “In some evenings we can feel useless and lonely. It is then that prayer will come and knock on the door of our hearts.”“Even if we have done something wrong, or if we feel threatened and frightened, when we return before God  in prayer, serenity and peace will return as if by miracle.”