Readings for March 26, 2017 — Fourth Sunday of Lent
1 Samuel 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A; Psalm 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
Suggested Reflection Questions:
- The Psalm this week nicely summarizes a theme of Lent, “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” During this special time in the Liturgical year, we fast, pray, and give of our time or treasure. Notice “want” is not included. How can we put aside our wants this Lenten season? If you’ve giving something up, it’s especially tempting to complain and think about wanting what you gave up. How can we turn that want into giving?
- In the second reading we see the contrast of lightness and darkness, sight and blindness, good and evil. Faith breaks through the darkness and the blindness, but it isn’t always easy. Why is it so difficult to see who we truly are and what God is doing in our lives?
- The Gospel reading this week is trying to dispel the notion that God punishes those who sin. The blind man is treated as an outcast because the people believe he is blind as a punishment for sin. Jesus came into the world to heal and show compassion towards those who are suffering. While Jesus healed the man physically, he also heals him spiritually. What can you do to heal your spiritual life? Reflect on what you gave up or did additionally this Lenten season so far. How is this challenge helping you to grow closer to God?