Church of England Diocese of Norwich Ringland

Thought for the week of 21st March 2021

20 Mar 2021, 7:57 p.m.

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

John 12 : 20 - 23

Bible reading : John 12 : 20 - 33

Thought for the week

In our Gospel reading some Greeks come to the disciples and say, “We want to see Jesus”. How will people see Jesus today? How can people know His love for themselves?

As we come to Passion Sunday we witness the incredible love of Jesus who gave His life for the forgiveness of our sins and New life in Him.

In all we have been through this year and the state of the world now the question keeps being raised, ‘How have we come to this?’ We have clearly gone wrong, been at best distracted from what matters, at worst we have willfully gone our own way. We have turned our backs on the one who loves us. We thought we knew best!

The Lord has met our personal sin with the Cross. In the turmoil and suffering of the world Jesus offers us rescue, and certain hope. He has conquered sin and overcome death. He went to the Cross in pure selfless love for us.

How will people see Jesus? We are called to tell them the Good News, and show them Jesus in our lives. The Lord’s Saving and forgiving love. Let us believe boldly, and pray confidently and celebrate Jesus’ love is for everyone.

Rev Paul

Prayer for this week

Gracious Father,

you gave up your Son

out of love for the world:

lead us to ponder the

mysteries of his passion,

that we may know eternal peace

through the shedding

of our Saviour’s blood,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.