Matthew and Luke both tell the story of Jesus’ Beatitudes, but with significant differences. Matthew has more than Luke, but Luke matches each beatitude Blessed are you…) with the opposite; negative (woe to you…). both Matthew and Luke present Jesus the teacher in the tradition of Moses. In Matthew, the background to the beatitudes is Moses climbing the mountain to receive the the Law. Luke portrays Jesus coming down the mountain after spending the night in prayer, just as Moses spent time with God before receiving the stone tablets with the Law. Both Gospels depict Jesus fulfilling that important story about Moses, but from different perspectives!
In the gospel for Sunday 6 Year C, Jesus contrasts those who have plenty with those who have nothing. In a very challenging way, he says blessed (or ‘happy’ in the translation of the liturgy) are those who are poor. To be blessed is to be in God’s favour. To be in God’s favour is to be detached from material things. Those whose focus in on material things run the risk of failing to see God and the things of God in their lives.
Tuesday 21 November 2017 – a memorable day for St. Matthew’s Parish when along with members of local churches, some parishioners went to HMP Low Moss for a very moving service of dedication of the Stations of the Cross as depicted by inmates past and present. The Stations had been crafted in Mosaic form during St. Matthew’s 70th anniversary year, and had been in place in the church for some time. Now they are relocated in a prominent and public part of the prison chaplains Revv. Martin Forrest, Deacon Kenny McGeachie, and John Gannon and worked on the format of the stations,. Inmates, some of whom had worked on the Stations, led a very moving service of dedication which was introduced by Canon Robert Hill of St. Matthew’s, and opened and closed with prayer and blessing by Archbishop Mario Conti, former Archbishop of Glasgow. The occasion was a wonderful and memorable coming together of church and prison communities.
Also on the agenda on that day were the unveiling of the altar and chair, made by Low Moss inmates under the supervision of Officer Vincent Stewart and his colleagues. The altar will be used when we move into the church during the renovation work which will take place in St. Matthew’s, and the church next year. The chair is already in use.
St. Matthew’s Parish Community would like to acknowledge our sincere and deepest gratitude to all at Low Moss for their reaching out to our parish, and to pledge our prayers and good wishes for all at Low Moss.
Photo record of the memorable day below, as well as a picture of the Low Moss Chair in form of a Celtic Cross, drawing on the St. Matthew Cross on Iona, outside the Abbey Building.
The Stations on display, and the guys who led the service