Fifth Sunday of Lent – If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest

Mass today will be online only.

 

St. Teilo’s reopens for public worship next Sunday with Mass at 10.00am – Bookings will be by telephone on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Carole Burns is the contact and can be telephoned on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm on Monday, March 22nd for Mass on Palm Sunday, March 28th.  PLEASE DO NOT RING OUTSIDE THESE HOURS.

 

Please keep praying for Canon Isaac as he is currently critical in intensive care while his remaining liver is encouraged to take on the work of the significant part that was removed. The operation took place as planned on Thursday. It was a long and arduous operation, but the surgeon was very pleased with the outcome of the operation. However, on Friday afternoon, Canon’s liver had not responded as hoped, so he was placed on a device to clear the liver toxins, to give his liver chance to improve, progress as of Saturday evening is positive, but slow and steady, so every prayer will help.

 

Today’s Gospel reading is taken from the Gospel of John (12:20 – 33). This is the part of St. John’s Gospel which is a preparation for the beginning of the passion narrative. Jesus has just raised Lazarus from the dead which inspired many people to believe in Jesus. This event also marks the turning point in Jesus’ conflict with the Jewish authorities. St. John’s Gospel tells us that the Sanhedrin met after this event and made plans to kill Jesus.

 

Jesus predicts his suffering, death, and Resurrection and prepares his disciples to believe in the salvation that his death will accomplish. Using the metaphor of the grain of wheat, Jesus presents the idea that his dying will be beneficial. He also teaches that those who would be his disciples must follow his example of sacrifice. This theme will be repeated in John’s account of the Last Supper, when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples as an example of how they must serve one another.

 

Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.

 

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