Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9
Monday 20th March
During this week we are looking towards the 4th Sunday of Lent, though most of us will know it best as Mothering Sunday. Though traditionally a (rare) Sunday off when domestic servants were allowed to travel home to their ‘mother church’, Mothering Sunday has become a day when we celebrate motherhood and show our loving appreciation of our own mothers.
But with the gratitude and joy Mothering Sunday can also be a difficult day, for those grieving lost loved ones or those who have known pain and difficulty in their family life. Next Sunday’s readings from1 Samuel and from John’s Gospel take us into the pains as well as the joys of human families, into the realities of the world in which we try to follow Jesus.
Thoughts and Prayer: Read these passages slowly then pray – for our own families and for families we know, bringing both gratitude & grief to God.