St Isidore's Catholic Church
“God is light; In him there is no darkness...”
[1 John 1:5]
SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC WORSHIP during
St Isidore's and St Mary Magdalene's are CLOSED for the celebration of Holy Mass.
Following the First Minister's announcement on Monday 4th January and subsequent clarifications, which outlines further restrictions in Scotland, regrettably regular public worship will be temporarily suspended, with all churches closed for communal Masses and services with immediate effect.
Daily Mass and devotions will be available via a livestream service from our sister parish at St Mary’s in Lanark. These will be shared on our Facebook page.
If you have booked a wedding or baptism in St Mary’s, Lanark; St Mary Magdalene's, Forth; or St Isidore’s, Biggar, for 2021, then please call or email Fr John-Paul as soon as possible to start the relevant paperwork and confirm dates and details.
If you would like to get married in one of our parishes this year, and have not yet reserved a date, please contact Fr John-Paul to start proceedings.
At present Baptisms are cancelled during Lockdown, however, the number of attendees is changing frequently.
Reflection for Sunday
The readings for today are: First Reading – Genesis 22:1-2,9-13,15-18; Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 115(116):10,15-19; Second Reading – Romans 8:31-34; Gospel – Mark 9:2-10
On this Second Sunday of Lent the Liturgy is dominated by the episode of the Transfiguration which in Luke’s Gospel immediately follows the Teacher’s invitation: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9: 23). This extraordinary event is an encouragement in the following of Christ.
Luke does not speak of the Transfiguration but describes what happens through two elements: the Face of Jesus which changes and his clothes that become a dazzling white in the presence of Moses and Elijah, a symbol of the Law and of the Prophets. The three disciples who witness the scene are heavy with sleep: this is the attitude of those who, although they have seen divine miracles, fail to understand. It is only the struggle against drowsiness that enables Peter, James and John to “see” Jesus in his glory. Then the rhythm quickens: while Moses and Elijah take their leave of the Master, Peter speaks and as he speaks a cloud envelops him and the other disciples in its shadow. This cloud, while it covers them, reveals the glory of God, just as happened for the pilgrim people in the desert. Their eyes can no longer see but their ears can hear the voice that comes out of the cloud: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” (v. 35).
The disciples no longer have before them a transfigured face or dazzling garments or a cloud that reveals the divine presence. They have before them “Jesus… alone” (v. 36). Jesus is alone with his Father while he prays but at the same time, “Jesus… alone” is all that the disciples and the Church of every epoch have been granted; and this must suffice on the journey. The only voice to listen to, the only voice to follow is his, the voice of the One going up to Jerusalem who was one day to give his life to “change our lowly body to be like his glorious body” (Phil 3: 21).
“Master, it is well that we are here” (Lk 9: 33) are Peter’s ecstatic words, that often resemble our own desire before the Lord’s consolations. However the Transfiguration reminds us that the joys sown by God in life are not finishing lines; rather they are lights he gives us during our earthly pilgrimage in order that “Jesus alone” may be our Law and his word the criterion that directs our existence.
In this Lenten period I invite everyone to meditate assiduously on the Gospel. I also hope that in this Year for Priests Pastors may be “truly pervaded by the word of God… really know that word… to the point that it really leaves a mark on [their] lives and shapes [their] thinking” (cf. Homily, Chrism Mass, 9 April 2009). May the Virgin Mary help us to live intensely our moments of encounter with the Lord so that we may follow him joyfully every day. Let us turn our gaze to her, invoking her with the prayer of the Angelus.
- Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus Address for Second Sunday in Lent (Year B), 28th February 2010 -
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