News for the Third Sunday of Lent

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th March 2021: The Third Sunday of Lent

This Sunday, the Third Sunday of Lent, our First Reading reminds us of the Ten Commandments as they were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, and recorded in the Book of Exodus. This is God's Covenant with Moses and the Jewish people; a renewal of the Covenant that God made with Abraham. The Commandments provide a set of rules which form the foundations upon which the basis of a civilised society can be built. But in Jesus, we see the new Covenant with God. When Jesus is questioned as to which is the greatest commandment he replies: “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 13 v 28-31). Jesus IS that New Covenant. Jesus IS Love. “Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.” (John 3 v 16)

Lent gives us the opportunity to reflect on this and to react, to do something to show how much we love God. Whether that is to give alms to charity, to become more familiar with scripture, to deepen our prayer lives, to put God's love for his people, for our neighbours, into practice. Each of us must respond in our own way. Helping us on our journey through Lent there are many different resources. We are pleased to be able to share with you the Stations of The Cross which have been recorded in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. They last 30 minutes and are led by Bishop Philip Egan
and whilst not a replacement for 'walking the way of the cross' in church or elsewhere, in these days of 'lockdown' they might just be a help to our Lenten devotions. Please also remember to join with us on a Thursday evening from 6.45pm – 7.30pm in prayer at our “Parish Time” before the Blessed Sacrament.

Please take some time to pray for the plight of Father Stan Swamy who has been arrested in India under anti-terrorist legislation and is featured in this month's ACAT (Harrow) Prayer case of the month. In the footnotes, you will also see that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is due to be released from prison in Iran on Sunday 7th March. Let us pray that she will finally be able to rejoin her family in the UK.

This weekend, the first Mass of Sunday is on Saturday 6th March at 6.00pm. We are pleased (as always) to welcome Father Mike Still to the Parish Mass at 10.30am on Sunday 7th March. Fr Mike will be our Celebrant and Preacher.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

David Griffiths