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September 2013

Dwelling on the Word of God: the least among you is the greatest (Monday 30th September 2013)

From today's Gospel (Luke 9:46-50)
'An argument started between the disciples about which of them was the greatest. Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child and set him by his side and then said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For the least among you all, that is the one who is great.’'
Those who society consider the least among us are the greatest.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Suffering for Good (Friday 27th September 2013)

 
From today's Gospel passage (Luke 9:18-22):
 
''The Son of Man' he said 'is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.'
 
 
Here Jesus reveals to his disciples the extent of what he must suffer but that this suffering is not the end.  In fact, it is the new beginning.  Jesus, the new Adam, is going to reconcile the world again to the Father and overcome death itself.

Number of Catholic People on the Rise in Scotland

 
The number of Catholic people in Scotland has risen since 2001 according to the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper.
 
The 2011 census showed an increase in Scottish adherents to the Catholic faith of some 37,000; taking the total number of Catholic people in Scotland to 841,000.
 
The census also revealed that 54% of the country identify themselves as Christian.
 
It would appear that talk of Christianity 'dying' is, as we suspected, premature and lacking in any foundation.

Learn the Catholic Faith Day 1: What is the Plan of God for Man?

 
 
Every Tuesday and Thursday we are going to bring you a little piece of knowledge about the Catholic Faith, with thanks to the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church! 
 
The Compendium was put together by a Vatican commission headed by then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger who was, at the time, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
 
It's a more compacted version of the full Catechism but provides a detailed enough guide to the Faith.  Through this feature we expect the Compendium will provide answers to a lot of questions you have about the Catholic Faith.

Dwelling on the Word of God: A Warning Against Greed (Thursday 26th September 2013)

The Prophet Haggai
 
From today's reading by the Prophet Haggai (Haggai 1:1-8):
 
'So now, the Lord of Hosts says this: Reflect carefully how things have gone for you.  You have sown much and harvested little; you eat but never have enough, drink but never have your fill, put on clothes but do not feel warm.'
 
This passage certainly rings true for our world today.  Greed and want is the new idol and we can never have enough!  We never have enough money or food or drink!  We never have enough of what we perceive to be good things!   Yet we can have everything we need if we open ourselves entirely to God's Love.

Dwelling on the Word of God: sending out the disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God (Wednesday 25th September 2013)

From Luke 9:1-6
 
'Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal.'
 
 
In today's Gospel passage Jesus calls the disciples together and instructs them to have authority over evil and to cure diseases and heal.  It's the kind of ministry Jesus has been undertaking since his Baptism in the Jordan.  And he now wants others to do the same.  Later in scripture Luke will speak about the mission of the seventy-two disciples.  Both of these passages compliment each other and reveal a lot to us about the mission of the Church.

Dwelling on the Word of God: putting the Word of God into practice (Tuesday 24th September 2013)

 
 
Today's Gospel     Luke 8:19-21
 
'The mother and the brothers of Jesus came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd.  He was told, 'Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you'.  But he said in answer, 'My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.'
 
 
In today's Gospel Jesus perhaps surprises people by not seeming to care much for his own mother and his brothers who wanted to see him.

Joy in Cumbernauld as Parish of St Lucy Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 
Click the link, below, to find out more about this most special occasion and how the crowds gathered to venerate Our Lady in the town of Cumbernauld!
 

Dwelling on the Word of God: nothing is hidden, nothing is secret (Monday 23rd September 2013)

In today's Gospel passage Jesus makes it clear that nothing we do can ever be hidden or done in secret.  He knows all that we do.
 
He also encourages us to listen more; to listen to Him and to His Word.  The more we listen to the Word of God the more we will receive....
 
From Luke 8:16-18 
 
'For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light.  So take care of how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.'

Dwelling on the Word of God - we have all been granted the grace to build up the body of Christ (Saturday 21st September 2013)

Today's scripture message sees St Paul continuing the theme of providing a guide to Christian living, this time to the Ephesians.  He also confirms that each of us has been given grace by Christ and these are gifts we must use to build up the body of Christ.
 
 
Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13
 
'Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called.
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