Christ Healing Bonnell

We will show an Adam Hamilton Video series in the library after both the 8 and the 10. The video is on an aspect of Luke's Gospel, which should tie in well with the Zoom Monday night Bible study on Luke, already in progress. The videos are about11 to 13 minutes long and we will follow with some brief reactions. The "8 o'clockers" can join after a brief coffee and chat. If the "10 o'clockers" would like a cup of coffee for the video, you're welcome to put that together.

Creighton University's Lent Resource Page

A link to a Youtube of a Scriptural Way of the Cross (13 minutes):

The Way (Stations of the Cross)

Fr. Ron's wife, Eleanor, has written a letter of thanks to the parish and about Fr. Ron, which she wished me to share. Here it is:

Eleanor Wickey's Letter to the parish

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Old Testament

1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.



The Psalm

Psalm 23

Dominus regit me

1 The Lord is my shepherd; *

I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *

and leads me beside still waters.

3 He revives my soul *

and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.

4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I shall fear no evil; *

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *

you have anointed my head with oil,

and my cup is running over.

6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.




The Epistle

Ephesians 5:8-14

Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Sleeper, awake! 

Rise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.”


Fr. Plant's Gospel Study for This Sunday

Because of the length of this week's Gospel, our two readers will take Voices 1 and 4 and the congregation will take Voice 3

The Gospel

Voice One: Narrator Reader1

Voice Two: Jesus  Priest

Voice Three: All other speakers THE CONGREGATION

Voice Four: Man born blind Reader 2


John 9:1-41 

Voice One As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him:

Voice Three "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

 Voice One Jesus answered: 

Voice Two:  "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

Voice One: When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man's eyes, saying to him: 

Voice Two:  "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam"

Voice One: (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.

Voice One: The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask: 

Voice Three "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?"

 Voice One: Some were saying: 

Voice Three "It is he." 

Voice One: Ohers were saying: 

Voice Three "No, but it is someone like him." 

Voice One: He kept saying: 

Voice Four: "I am the man."

Voice One: But they kept asking him: 

Voice Three "Then how were your eyes opened?" 

Voice One: He answered: 

Voice Four: "The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me: 'Go to Siloam and wash.' Then I went and washed and received my sight." 

Voice One: They said to him: 

Voice Three "Where is he?" 

Voice One: He said: 

Voice Four: "I do not know."

Voice One: They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them: 

Voice Four: "He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see." 

Voice One: Some of the Pharisees said: 

Voice Three "This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath."

 Voice One: But others said: 

Voice Three "How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?" 

Voice One: And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man: 

Voice Three "What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened?" 

Voice One: He said: 

Voice Four: "He is a prophet."

Voice One: The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them: 

Voice Three "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" 

Voice One: His parents answered: 

Voice Three "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself."

Voice One: His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said: 

Voice Three "He is of age; ask him."


Voice One: So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him: 

Voice Three "Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner."

Voice One: He answered: 

Voice Four: "I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." 

Voice One: They said to him: 

Voice Three "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

Voice One: He answered them: 

Voice Four: "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?

Voice One: Then they reviled him, saying:

Voice Three "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from."

Voice One: The man answered: 

Voice Four: "Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." 

Voice One: They answered him:

Voice Three "You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?" 

Voice One: And they drove him out.

Voice One: Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said: 

Voice Two:  "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" 

Voice One: He answered: 

Voice Four: "And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him." 

Voice One: Jesus said to him:

Voice Two:  "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he." 

Voice One: He said: 

Voice Four: "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped him.

Voice One: Jesus said: 

" Voice Two:  I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind." 

Voice One: Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him: 

Voice Three "Surely we are not blind, are we?" 

Voice One: Jesus said to them: 

Voice Two:  "If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say: 'We see,' your sin remains.

(Structure of Extract by Francis Moloney. The Gospel according to John, Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998: 291.)


Jesus Heals the Blind Man Claerhout

Link to Self-Guided Retreat and Reflections on this Sunday's Scriptures by Episcopal Priest Suzanne Guthrie

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