It is once more good to be able able to send you the Newsletter and Readings for Holy Mass this weekend. Our Liturgy on this fifth Sunday of Lent introduces us to a family in Bethany – Martha, Mary and Lazarus. It is a sad scene, and carefully woven into the teaching Gospel of St. John is the strong character of Martha. Full of spirit she confronts Jesus, and He responds by offering her one of the seven revealing “I am” statements to be found in St. John’s account of the Good News. It is quite an amazing encounter, reflecting the depth of relationship that existed between Jesus and Martha, and how by the end of the text that which seemed so damaged and broken at the outset has been reconciled, healed, restored and enlarged. It is a reminder that relationships can be strengthened and enriched through uncomfortable and difficult encounters.
With an assurance of daily prayerful remembrance of you and those you hold dear, kindest thoughst and affection.
As ever, Fr. Nicholas
O blessed St. Martha, your faith led Jesus to proclaim, “I am the resurrection and the life”; and faith let you see beyond his humanity when you cried out, “Lord I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” With firm hope you said, I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him, and Jesus called your brother Lazarus back from the dead. With pure love for Jesus you welcomed him into your home. Friend and servant of our Saviour, I too am “troubled about many things.” (Pause for silent prayer.) Pray for me that I may grow in faith, hope and love, and that Jesus, who sat at your table, will hear me and grant me a place at the banquet of eternal life. Amen.