Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - PRIMARY ONES -

I’m writ­ing this in Ed­in­burgh hav­ing just taken part in the fu­neral mass of a friend, Mon­signor Mike Re­gan.

Mike was a priest and ad­min­is­tra­tor of St Mary’s Cathe­dral and his fu­neral mass took place in a packed church.

For us all it was ob­vi­ously a time to mourn but there was also much to celebrate as we re­mem­bered the man but es­pe­cially as we re­flected on his own faith in the res­ur­rec­tion.

Priests and min­is­ters spend a great deal of their min­istry with fam­i­lies who have lost a loved one, bring­ing the mes­sage of Christ’s death and res­ur­rec­tion into that mo­ment of loss and grief.

It is par­tic­u­larly poignant then when you at­tend the fu­neral of some­one who has spent years cel­e­brat­ing the fu­ner­als of oth­ers.

What we were cel­e­brat­ing in Mike’s fu­neral was a faith in God’s prom­ise of res­ur­rec­tion that he had brought to oth­ers and that was now bring­ing us to­gether on his be­half.

The sim­ple fact is that if the Chris­tian faith is to speak at all it has to have some­thing to say to us when we ex­pe­ri­ence the loss of loved ones.

And it does speak, and the words are sim­ply “he has risen”.

Our faith is in a risen Christ who has passed through death to life so that we can go the same way.

That was very much the mes­sage that we all heard in church at my friend’s fu­neral to­day and it’s one we all need to hear and it’s one that is given in ev­ery Chris­tian fu­neral: Christ has risen so that we can share in his life Fa­ther Frank Dougan Parish priest St Mark’s and St An­thony’s

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