Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A, 29th March 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak

At this time when praying in groups isn’t an option for many of us, please do use the weekly Prego to help you pray on your own. As we settle to pray this coming week, let’s hold each member of the St Beuno’s Outreach family across the world in prayer, and remember especially all those who are affected in any way by the virus. If you know someone who is self-isolating and feeling lonely, a friendly phone call or email can make a big difference. Some might also welcome having a copy of a Prego leaflet pushed through their letter box.

With the Lord there is Mercy and Redemption

Although our liturgy brings us nearer this week to the climax of Passiontide, our readings are full of hope and life.

In our First Reading, the people of Israel are exiled in Babylon. The prophet tells them that God will put a new spirit in them and raise them from their graves.

The Psalm is a prayer of trust in God, who is full of mercy and compassion. He will redeem Israel.

In the Second Reading, St Paul tells us that because we have received the Spirit of Christ, then ‘he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies.’

The Gospel unites all these themes of mercy and trust, of death and life, of redemption and resurrection, in the miracle of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. This great sign of Jesus being ‘the resurrection and the life’ leads us into the coming weeks.

As we contemplate these readings this week, may we draw closer to our Lord and accompany him as he sets his face towards Jerusalem.

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