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7th April 2019

Mothers' Day or Mothering Sunday:

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We still live in a hostile world and so it is important for us to heed Paul’s words and encouragement. During Lent we focus on God, remembering the good news of the Bible and reminding us of who we are and who we must become.  Each Sunday of Lent plunges us into the centre of the Christian faith and, today, we are reminded about the real meaning of life, the joy in life with Jesus, and joy in life by serving Him.

 

Let us, with God’s help, lay aside everything harmful, and forsake even the good things that may distract us from being effective Christians and disciples.

The apostle Paul gives an inspirational personal testimony in his letter to the Philippians,  especially in Chapter 3:4-14.  He explains that human achievements, no matter how impressive, cannot earn a personal and eternal life with God.   In fact Paul, having considered everything he had accomplished in his own life, said that it was all worthless when compared with knowing Christ.  This is a profound statement about values and directs us to a living relationship with Christ.

 

To know Jesus Christ should be our ultimate goal; to be like Christ, and to be all Christ has in mind for us.

 

This Letter is all the more significant as it was written by Paul while he was in prison, and near the end of his life.  It is known as his JOY letter.  He writes to thank the people of this Church for their great encouragement to him.  It is also a joyful letter as it emphasizes the real joy of the Christian life.  It’s important to note that Paul watched as the early flush of excitement and expectancy was tempered by the sober necessity of living in a hostile world.

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