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Saint Bride's RC Church, 21 Greenlees Road, Cambuslang, Glasgow G72 8JB

Recent Homilies

  • 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018 (Year B)

    I remember in the year 2014 speaking to you about the sadness that many people felt at the fire which had taken place at the Glasgow School of Art. You will know again that another fire has severely d...
  • Body and Blood of Christ 2018 - Year B

    Many of you will be enthralled by the recent TV adaptation (version) of Sherlock Holmes by the author Arthur Conan Doyle starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Each of the episodes has you...
  • Trinity 2018 - Year B

    You cannot but be angry when you hear of the recent shootings of the Israeli army at the border of Gaza and Israel. Many thousands of people were injured and over 60 people died. The incident happened...
  • Pentecost 2018 - Year B

    I wonder if you noticed that there is a problem in today’s readings. If you are looking for an answer to when the Holy Spirit first descends then there appears to be 2 differing stories flagged up in...
  • 7th Sunday of Easter 2018 - Year B

    A curious thing happens in the first reading of today mass. In order to find out who takes the place of Judas amongst the 12 apostles, they simply say a quick prayer and draw lots for it between 2 can...
  • 5th Sunday of Easter 2018 (Year B)

    Its every football fan’s dream to play for the team that you support, especially when you are young. They dream of getting the phone call from the manager asking them if they are free to play on Satur...

I have met 2 saints in my life, I have met Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. But I suspect that I have met many people who have gone on to be saints and who will never be formally canonised. 

  • I have met people of outstanding and heroic virtue. 
  • I have met people who have had excelled in the life of prayer. 
  • I have met people who have dedicated their life to God, even although life has never been easy for them. 
  • I have met people whose faith has been tried and tested and who have not given up. 
  • I have met great teachers of the faith. 
  • I have met people who are truly humble. 
  • I have met people who have given everything away to God and literally everything away to the poor. 
  • I have met priests, women and men, families, young people who shine out like beacons of goodness and holiness.

 

All of these people have been on the road and on the way to becoming saints.

 

Often when I meet such people you feel as if you are rubbing up against something unique, special, real and true. It gives you a hunger for the same, it gives you a desire to be in their shoes and to imitate them. 

 

There are saints living next door to us. Saints are in our families. Saints are among our friends. Saints who work with us. Saints work away quietly, under the radar. People who spend their lives praying for others. People who spend their lives doing good. People who offer up incredible lives of physical and spiritual suffering for others.

 

Today’s feast is all about them. The call to holiness is not a call to the few. God has not designed things so as a few get to heaven. God has not designed things so as he has a short list of people he counts as his friends. He offers his friendship to all, to all who are baptised and to everyone who has ever lived, ever existed, ever drew breath, every walked , ever talked, ever known life. 

 

His friendship is for everyone. That is what this feast is all about. It is about the call to holiness which has come to us all since life came to be on this planet.

 

 

Life gives us the chance to know his friendship. In life we are being made into saints, the nuts and bolts are being put into place.  Screws are being tightened, bolts are being fixed – we are being made into saints now and throughout our lives.  Saints are in heaven but saints are all around us. Saints are next to you in in the bus, in your house, at work and here  in Church is that person, you also are that person.