4th Sunday of Lent – March 11 , 2018

Lord, our God, sometimes, like the Pharisees,
we think we can see it all and even act like we know it all.
Sometimes we even scrutinize our brothers and sisters
  who do not see things as we see it or do not want to follow our way.
We beg you to help us see our own blind spots truthfully
  and grow each day in surrendering to your will and your ways.
Like the man born blind, help us mature in our appreciation of your Son
  and give witness to his true identity.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen
4th Sunday of Lent - Year A

First Reading
1 Samuel 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A
Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 23: 1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6
Second Reading
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41
Singing Our Faith

During the season of Lent, we've been singing some of the Mass parts in Latin. This isn't just to challenge the assembly! read more...
Universal Prayer

We pray for Christ to cure various types of blindness that prevent us from being more like him. read more...
If we meditate on this Gospel passage, we can surely identify with any one of the “cast of characters”—the man born blind, the Pharisees, the parents of the man, or even the group of his acquaintances. Given our Lenten context, it might be good to slip into the sandals of the man born blind. Seemingly, in just this one person, we witness someone who matures in his appreciation of Jesus and his true identity.
Under intense “scrutiny,” it is the man born blind who is absolutely unable to deny his cure. The Pharisees make every attempt to discredit him, but under their intense questioning and probing, the man who can now see uncovers by his own testimony the true identity of Jesus. First, he identifies his healer as, “that man they call Jesus”; after that, he names Jesus “a prophet,” then “the Son of man,” and finally, “Lord.”
Each of us has been invited to use this holy season to mature in our relationship with “that man we call Jesus.” And in doing so, we embrace the Lord’s truth and hold on to his promise to heal our blind spots, too.

Reflection by Fr. Jim Bessert
Office of Liturgy
Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan
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