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Passion Sunday

John 11: 1 - 45 The Raising of Lazarus This Sunday is Passion Sunday, the start of two weeks in which we enter more intensely into the suffering of Christ, leading to the joy and hope of Easter Day In a carefully detailed narrative, today’s Gospel (read here) relates how Christ, six days before His own death, went to His dead friend Lazarus at Bethany outside of Jerusalem. With epic simplicity the Gospel records that “Jesus wept” (John 11:35); He was greatly disturbed. In this current time of pandemic, the weeping and distress we see across the world and in our own country may touch our own lives. As we live with lockdown, as we face uncertainty, we enter Jesus’ passion. The word pass

Mothering Sunday

Today the secular world and the Church combine in saying thank you for the mothers among us and for all those: men and women; old and young who have the ability to mother others when that is most needed. I suppose that is at the root of the two names we have for this day. Mother’s Day is focusing particularly on the gendered mothers among us whereas the more seemingly old fashioned ‘Mothering’ Sunday invites us to have a wider understanding. ‘Mothering’ is active and intentional and can be done by anyone. In St Luke’s gospel Jesus says, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a he