were about the last words of the dying Christ. He was telling
us that he had achieved all we had set out to do. Later St
Paul in a letter to his friend Timothy would echo the same
sentiment when he rote, “I have fought the good fight.
I have finished the race”. He was really saying that
he never gave up.
Just what had Jesus accomplished? He had loved us to death.
He had given us the most perfect definition of true love that
the world had ever known. “Greater love than this, no
one has, than to lay down his life for his friends”.
How different from the so often degraded and selfish use of
the word love in our world today.
A love like that cries out “Love
me back!” Accept that challenge. You have it in you.
I have witnessed so many times your generous hearts and unselfish
love for others, at Lourdes, at home, in poor countries.
So you cannot yet say “it is
accomplished”. There is still a long way to go for you.
Still much to be done. I know you are proud to belong to and
be part of a Church that cares for the poor and speaks out
against injustice and unjust structures. You are that Church!
Use your God given talents to love and serve God and others.
That way, you too will be able to say one day that your special
task has been accomplished.
+John, Bishop of Paisley
When all had been accomplished and you died on the
cross, you showed us the perfect sacrifice you were
prepared to make for us.
As we set out in life, without knowing what you have
prepared for us, given strength and courage to face
the sacrifices we have to make to accomplish all you
have planned for us.
S5 St Luke’s High School, Barrhead