Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

Last week in St An­thony’s we cel­e­brated the 50th an­niver­sary of the foun­da­tion of the parish.

Cru­cially, what we were cel­e­brat­ing was the be­gin­ning of the parish com­mu­nity and not the open­ing of the church build­ing which came a short num­ber of years af­ter that.

We were cel­e­brat­ing not the fact that we had a par­tic­u­lar place of wor­ship, but that we are a com­mu­nity of wor­ship ( the orig­i­nal Greek word for church trans­lates as “assem­bly”).

In other words, what makes a parish is the group of mem­bers of that parish shar­ing a com­mon faith and com­mon wor­ship.

It is a re­minder to us that God did not make us to be iso­lated in­di­vid­u­als but in­stead in­tended us as so­cial be­ings: that we de­pend on oth­ers and that oth­ers should be able to de­pend on us.

In cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of our parish we were cel­e­brat­ing the shared joys of our com­mu­nity as well as the shared mo­ments of suf­fer­ing and grief.

In all the 50 years God’s love was ev­i­dent most of all in the faces of oth­ers.

We are given dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­counter Christ and one of the prin­ci­pal ways is to meet him in the peo­ple around us.

Let’s look out for the face of Christ in those we love, in those who need our help, and in those we might pre­fer to avoid. We are not made to be iso­lated in­di­vid­u­als, which is why we are com­manded to love God and love our neigh­bour.

And let’s keep an eye out for those who have be­come iso­lated and would gain so much from a sim­ple act of friend­ship. Fr. Frank Dougan Parish Priest of St Mark’s and St An­thony’s

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