March 15, 2015

Fourth Sunday in Lent 2015

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Passage: Galatians 4:21-5:1, John 6:5-14
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On the Sunday before Lent our annual Lenten journey was described for us as a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. ‘Behold,’ said our Lord, ‘we go up to Jerusalem’. In the first instance, the Jerusalem to which we were called to journey was the earthly city, the site of the Temple and the place of our Lord’s death and resurrection. And yet the lesson from St Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians for Mothering Sunday reminds us that the goal of our journey through Lent and, ultimately, of our lives, is not an earthly, but a heavenly, city. “Jerusalem which is above is free,” we have heard today, “which is the mother of us all.” Today we are reminded that this Kingdom is the fulfillment of all our yearnings for justice and peace, for harmony and love, for life to conquer death – these yearnings will have their fulfillment in this great Kingdom that will descend in its fullness from heaven at the end of time. In it (as St John teaches in the Book of Revelation) all things are made new; there are no more tears; Christ is King. This Kingdom is the destiny and the end of all creation – to be drawn from darkness and division into the light of this eternal home and communion with God and one another. ...

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