St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD


Reflecting on next week’s Gospel Reading


Below you will find the Gospel reading for next week.  You are invited to take some time to reflect on the reading and consider what God might be saying to you… 

  • Find yourself a quality moment, not always easy!
  • Pray for God to speak to you through the reading.
  • Read it once and underline a word or sentence that strikes you
  • Read it again and ask yourself what God might be saying to you?
  • Read it once more and ask what God might be saying to Pip and Jims?
  • Finish with a prayer

When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’

Continue the conversation with friends and family during the week and at Church next Sunday!

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