Scripture Notes – Sunday 7th March 2021

 ” Zeal for your house will devour me”


El Greco: Jesus in the Temple

On the third Sunday of Lent, we leave Mark behind until Palm Sunday and begin reading from the Fourth Gospel for the rest of Lent. Everything in that Gospel is carefully written and also carefully placed. A scene in John offers a kind of mosaic — the overall picture is powerful (even violent in this Gospel) and the individual pieces (tesserae) sparkle with insights into the thrilling world of John the Evangelist.

In Lent, all three readings belong together, as we saw last Sunday. What about these readings for the third Sunday of Lent…they seem to be on different tracks? Perhaps a schema such as this might help.

  • Exodus 20: how to stay in relationship with God.
  • 1 Corinthians 1: in paradox of the cross, a very different relationship with God is put in place.
  • John 2: the “locus”of our relationship with God is now Christ — the way , the truth and the life.

The Readings

Tarsus Scripture School

Holy Week and Easter 2021

Weaving the tapestry of death and new life

The Holy Week/Easter programme is now ready for booking. All the details plus registration may be found at our dedicated website: The focus is on the readings of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum to help us engage more deeply with the great events that give us new life in Christ.

  • “Behold my servant”: the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah (Jessie Rogers)
  • “And when I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself”: Easter in John(Sean Goan)
  • “Dying and raised to new life in Christ”: Salvation in Romans. (Kieran J. O’Mahony)

One’s own Lent/Holy Week book may still be ordered. Wishing you all every blessing in these testing times,

Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA