Newsletter - March 18, 2012
18th March 2012 FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
In today’s readings, we hear some of the most consoling words of scripture from St. John’s gospel: “Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life”. Here we see a good summing up of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
And Ephesians tells us:
“God loved us so much with his love, that he was generous with his mercy … and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus … we are God’s work of art …”
These are images of God that we need to cherish. They are true and need to counteract some of the less merciful ideas we may have of God. Yes, God will judge us, but he is a merciful judge!!
The gospel gives just part of an important conversation Jesus has with Nicodemus who came to him under the cover of darkness. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, so that would not be seen by his fellow Pharisees. He must have seen something very moving in what Jesus stood for and wanted clarification and so make up his own mind. We do not know the outcome, but the dialogue would have given him great insight as to who Jesus was. We too benefit with much clarification as we read the message.
As ever, St John speaks of the light of Christ in our world as opposed to the darkness of evil. This conflict between good and evil still goes on in our own lives, our communities and our world. This is what makes the gospel relevant even in our time.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all mums today. Hopefully you will be totally spoiled by your children and loved ones.
PASTORAL LETTER ON MARRIAGE: As you will have notices there has been much reaction on this Pastoral Letter – much in support and others vehemently opposed. Archbishop Vincent gave a very good presentation on Thursday, on News night with Jeremy Paxman. While the debate goes on, we can sign the petition supporting the understanding of marriage. It is not necessarily a reflection on our views of other relationship combinations.