Thought for the Week
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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