The text of Mass on 26th July – (and some parish news pending)
Brothers and sisters, on this 17th Sunday of the Year,
we are here together, bringing all that’s in our minds and hearts before God,
looking for grace and strength, healing and forgiveness
for ourselves and for each other – and for the world we are given to cherish.
Let’s call to mind our sins.
|Matthew 13:44-52 ©|
Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it. ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth ‘Have you understood all this?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.’
the start of a homily
The ‘wisdom of Solomon’ was and is legendary. Today’s reading from the 1st Book of King gives us a snapshot of King Solomon at his best, young but already a formidable figure, able to focus on what he really needed – guidance on how to tell good from ill, how to care well for the common good of the people entrusted to him, – how to be a good king. When we think of the wisdom of Solomon then this is one of the key texts which give him that reputation. Sad to say, he seems to have been able to sustain such greatness throughout his life, but his achievements were many and – including the building of the Temple, let ‘s hope they outshine his faults .
The parables of Jesus that we heard in the Gospel today are designed to make us think a bit more deeply about our decisions – the treasure and the pearl of great value are on offer – if we can identify them and surely we can – but only if we are prepared to commit to them, to pay the price of discipleship. Should we be asking ourselves what are the treasures and the pearl of great value in our lives? Family, friends, work, gifts, faith, God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Do we realise how important they are? Do we sometimes make the mistake of taking them for granted? Probably . . . . . . . . almost certainly . . . . . . what are doing about it?
Let us pray in our intercessions for the church and the world – for those in need.
That we and our families may be able to prioritise what is really important in life and not be distracted by the trivial. Lord, hear us
We pray for peace in the Holy Land, for Syria, Iraq, the Yemen, and all the troubled countries where people’s lives are spoiled or taken from them by violence or war, poverty or neglect. Lord, hear us
In this time of the Pandemic, we pray for healing for people everywhere who are ill or anxious, for the housebound within our families and community, including Sheila Robb, Margaret McLean, Fred Newman, Sean Fitzgerald, John Scullion, Alec Howie, 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 those who have died recently including Michael McGhee, Mary Kerr, Duncan Cameron, Mary McNeil, Mary McLellan, Martha McCluskey, David Farrell and Calum Scrimgeour, and Denis McKay. We pray for those who mourn, for those whose anniversary falls about now including Erna and Martin Harrison, Catherine Smith, Elsie Steele, Michael Gara, Mary McKenna, Mattie Riley and Margaret McCafferty. Lord, hear us
Letter from the Archbishop:
25th July 2020
Feast of St James, Apostle
Dear Monsignor, Canon, Father
Dear Rev Deacon
Phase 3 of the route-map out of the Covid-19 lockdown has allowed us to resume the public celebration of Mass and the Sacraments. After four months without the Sacraments and without Holy Communion, this development is a matter for thanksgiving.
At the same time, the resumption of public acts of worship has not been without its challenges. As you know, there has been a focused effort of planning and preparation on the part of our parishes. I want to thank everyone who is contributing to that effort and especially the volunteers who are helping to steward the Masses and to sanitise our churches so that everyone can be safe.
Of course, the virus, while much suppressed in Scotland, is still alive. This means that our experience of coming to church is necessarily different so that we can minimise the risk of cross-infection. There are booking procedures in most places. We can only come in much reduced numbers. The people wear masks at Mass. They keep a two-metre distance from others. The liturgy is curtailed in some respects. There is no choir or congregational singing. Holy Communion is received only in the hand. It is important that priests reinforce these measures in their churches.
It is essential that we priests comply with the restrictions that concern us too, especially the sanitising of hands before the distribution of Holy Communion and the wearing of masks when distributing Holy Communion. Our people are very sensitive to the safety messages from Government, and it is essential that priests help them to feel safe in church.
There is a review date for Phase 3 on 30th July. We hope that the situation with the virus will allow for a further easing of restrictions, but we are also ready for the current restrictions to be continued in whole or in part.
Once again, I want to thank you for guiding your people through this time and to encourage you in your priestly ministry. Our people are very grateful for how their priests and deacons have served them during this pandemic. Let us continue to show them the face of Christ the Good Shepherd who comes to them above all in the Holy Eucharist, which once again can be celebrated in our churches.
Yours devotedly in Christ,
Archbishop of Glasgow
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