St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

5th Sunday of Lent, B18

Why would some Greeks approach Philip to ask to see Jesus? And what are they doing, worshipping at the Jewish feast of Passover?

Philip and Andrew are Greek names, not Jewish. Philip was from Bethsaida in Galilee, a town with a Jewish name but just over the border in Gentile territory. Those Greeks may have been proselytes, people who have totally converted to Judaism or “God-fearers”, a step below. The question I have is: Did they ever get to meet Jesus? The text gives no indication that they did. Philip goes on a mission to consult with Andrew and together they go to tell Jesus about the visitors who, it seems, were standing there and waiting to hear whether Jesus would meet with them. Instead Jesus answers Philip and Andrew by saying what we just heard read in today’s Gospel. Nothing more is said about those Greeks. They are forgotten.

What was John’s purpose by including them? First this episode verifies the previous verse (not included here) where the Pharisees claim that the whole world has gone after him (Jesus). Secondly, the whole complex process of their trying to get to Jesus through Philip and Andrew reveals the hesitation with which the later Jewish-Christian community had in welcoming foreign outsiders or Gentiles. Thirdly, it gives the evangelist an opportunity to introduce his on-going theme of “the hour”. Remember in an earlier passage from John’s Gospel when at Cana Mary told Jesus they have no wine and Jesus answered his hour has not yet come? Now Jesus finally announces it has come. And lastly, it introduces John’s alternative to the other Gospels’ agony in the garden scene by having Jesus say: “I am troubled now” but accepting the Father’s will.

Death is the ultimate threat to humanity, the one weapon that tyrants can use to threaten people. John presents Jesus as going freely to his death and overcoming death because of his faithfulness and trust in his Father. Jesus drives out the ruler of the world and all who follow him and promises that he, Jesus, will draw everyone to himself in the reality of the resurrection.

Two questions flow from this account.

  1. Who are the “Greeks” among us today who want to see Jesus? Could they be those suffering from addiction? Are they immigrants or people who are trying to escape persecution, war, or poverty? Are they those whose life-style or situation that goes contrary to Church teaching?
  2. Do they meet him either in or through us? Or are they forgotten?

Get your spring cleaning done and help support

STJF Knights of Columbus Parish Tag Sale
May 19th, 9am-2pm (Rain date: May 26th)

Tag Sale KoCWe have two options for this sale:Rent a space from us and sell your goods. ($20 per space) OR Donate your goods to us! No items too big! Call us and we’ll even pick them up!!

Please note: Limited volunteers are available tohelp sell your appreciated items; so, please take the time to choose your donations carefully. All proceeds will go toThe STJF Capital Development Fund.Reserve your spot now:

Jean Jacques @ 860.295.0001

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

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Saturday, May 5th  - Come to the YARD GOATS Game! We have great seats behind the dug out of the Portland Sea Dogs, a Double‐A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox! We will leave immediately following the 4:00pm mass. Tickets are $11.00 each. You must sign up and pass your permission slip and money in by April 25. After that point ticketswill be open to all parishioners. Please bring money for snacks.

Permission Slip:   May 5 Yard Goats Game

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

TeenCookoutSaturday, June 16th  - spring into summer with our ANNUAL COOKOUT! Come celebrate our seniors at the 4:00pm mass where they will be recognized then join us down stairs for a cookout, s’mores and field games. 4:00(mass) 8:00pm.

WildWestCampVACATION BIBLE CAMP

Your child will go back in time to the Wild, Wild West for a Wild Western Adventure Romp! They will enter a world of outlaws, cowboys, frontier games and even some wild animals. I hope many of the children join us on this spectacular adventure right here at St John Fisher Church! This will be an opportunity for kids to explore not only the thrilling Wild West, but also a way to discover a living spiritual relationship with Jesus and learn more about some Bible “outlaws” who chose to follow God and do what’s right. There will be Western themed games, crafts, activities, music and snacks It will be a week of ROOTIN’ TOOTIN” FUN !!!!

Date: August 6-9 Time: 9:00-noon  Where: St. John Fisher Church Hall

This camp is open to children entering grades 1-6  Cost is $25 per child

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