14th February -Sunday next before Lent 

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Sunday next before Lent

Gospel: Mark 9. 2-9

We observe the 14th of February as Valentine’s day and on this day we remember our loved ones and in a variety of ways show how much we love them. We thank God for the gift of love.

We are also observing Racial Justice Sunday, and as a church we celebrate the diversity of people. The Church is global family of people of different ethnicities and languages.

In the Bible we discover an amazing love story, God’s story of God’s love for all humanity.

God is constantly reminding us of his love towards all who love him, who are unloving and who become unlovable. God loves us all.

On the mount of transfiguration God sends two great prophets Moses and Elijah to assure his son of his love and for the sake of others, God thunders his love from the clouds, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’.

God does not only love his Son but loves us all as John’s Gospel proclaims; ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Jesus is the love of God in flesh to accept us, to forgive us, to heals us and restore us to life, to care for us and to lead us.

We look to Jesus the fount of God’s love to fill our hearts and minds with a grace to accept God’s love and in turn become people who are filled with love.

John in his letters to churches says that anyone who has love has God in their lives because God is love.

We respond to God’s love by asking God to fill us with his love that we will be accepting, forgiving, caring, sharing, sacrificing and compassionate to others who love us and even those who do not love us.