March 2, 2008, Fourth Sunday in Lent
Jesus said, “I have come into the world so that the blind will see.” (John 9:39)
1. 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a
2. Ephesians 5:8-14
3. Gospel of John 9:1-41
REFLECTION: The Gospel readings for Lent lead us on a mini-tour of the Christian life of faith. On the fourth Sunday, our vision is restored, and we are invited to re-enter the light of goodness and truth. The healing of the blind man’s eyes brought him much more than physical sight.
PRAYER: Lord God and Father, open our eyes that we might see anew. Like the spring rain that brings life from the seeds, may your voice refresh us and soften our winter hearts. Amen.
Reflect on this week’s Sunday Gospel, John 9:1-41.
Try a sacrificial menu tonight such as soup, hard-boiled eggs, toast, and fruit.
Pray the Rosary tonight for all those who are physically and/or spiritually blind.
Do something “soft-hearted” or gentle today. It can be done for another or it can be done for you.
Make a special point to do some form of fasting today.
Do something today to encourage or affirm a family member.
PRAYER: Merciful Father, fill our hearts with your love and keep us faithful to the Gospel. Give us grace to rise above our human weakness. Amen.
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