Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

Against the back­drop of re­cent tragedies in Paris, Brus­sels and La­hore we have cel­e­brated Easter.

Thetragic deaths of so many has had its ef­fect on all of us.

Hav­ing lived in Peru dur­ing the very vi­o­lent and un­pre­dictable pe­riod from 1989 to 1999 we were com­pelled to search for a way of deal­ing with vi­o­lence. The de­ci­sion to stay there and to lead a nor­mal life was im­por­tant.

I be­gan to think of the time when Je­sus grew up. Be­fore he was born, Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth when they were or­dered to go to Beth­le­hem to com­ply with the Ro­man cen­sus. Soon af­ter His birth they be­came refugees in Egypt. Back home when it was safe, in the vil­lage sy­n­a­gogue, at the age of 30 he be­gins to ex­plain his mis­sion,

Here in Ruther­glen we have cel­e­brated Holy Week and Easter with a united cel­e­bra­tion in St Mark’s Church at­tended by mem­bers of the dif­fer ent churches. On Good Fri­day we re­called the trial of Je­sus, his bru­tal treat­ment and his death by cru­ci­fix­ion. Why did his dream all turn out so wrong af­ter all the good he had done? What had he achieved?

We Chris­tians be­lieve Je­sus rose and promised his friends that death is not the end for all peo­ple of good will and that they were to be mes­sen­gers of peace wher­ever they went.

Very early on Easter morn­ing hun­dreds on spe­cial needs peo­ple left Glas­gow Air­port for Lourdes where they will re­ceive the love of the many vol­un­teers who ac­com­pany them.

Ruther­glen is united when so many good neigh­bours care for each other in a very quiet and dig­ni­fied way.

For the above rea­sons, Easter has helped me in 2016. Fa­ther Pat Hen­nessy St Colum­bkille’s

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