Thought for the Week
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