Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 14, 2021
'Laetare Sunday' and Discovering Joy

Dear Friends,

This fourth Sunday of Lent is known as 'Laetare Sunday'. In Latin laetare (rejoice) is the first word of the entrance antiphon: "Rejoice, Jerusalem…." Joy is the theme of this weekend’s Liturgy.

Can joy be turned on and off? You can no more arrange for joy to descend on you than you can arrange for the sun to rise. Joy is a fruit of God's Spirit, not a feeling that can be turned on and off.

It was this realization and discovery of joy, that compelled C.S. Lewis to convert from a staunch atheist to later become one of the most influential Christian authors of all time. In his famous book Surprised by Joy, he wrote "“Joy is distinct not only from pleasure in general but even from aesthetic pleasure. It must have the stab, the pang, the inconsolable longing.” According to him joy is never a possession. "It is a by-product. Its very existence presupposes that you desire not it, but something other and outer.”

Joy comes from the inside. Happiness is based on external circumstances. "The difference between shallow happiness and a deep, sustaining joy is sorrow. Happiness lives where sorrow is not. When sorrow arrives, happiness dies. It can't stand pain. Joy, on the other hand, rises from sorrow and therefore can withstand all grief. Joy, by the grace of God, is the transfiguration of suffering into endurance, and of endurance into character, and of character into hope--and the hope that has become our joy does not (as happiness must for those who depend upon it) disappoint us.” –Walter Wangerin Jr..

May you have the by-product of joy by walking with God, living your commitments, carrying your cross, and by not merely trying to hold on to the state of being happy.

Wishing you a blessed and Joy filled Lent,

Fr. Saju Joseph

March 13 - March 19
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St. Martin’s Peace and Justice Ministry offers a unique opportunity to pray and reflect on the stations of the cross during this Lenten season. This program is sponsored by a sub-group of the PJM entitled “Empowered Women Working for Justice in the Church and the World.” Each session will focus on experiencing the stations highlighting the activity of women in Jesus’ passion. It will also invite participants to reflect on how the stations can challenge us to see the particular pain and struggles women continue to face today—and how women uniquely share in Jesus’ redemptive suffering and work. The stations will be divided up and offered on three consecutive Monday evenings during Lent, March 8th, 15th and 22nd, at 7pm. Each session will focus on particular stations, offering scripture, prayer, and questions intended to invite ongoing reflection. The final session will allow time for participants to share their personal reflections on this experience of the stations. 

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March 14, 2021 4th Sunday in Lent 
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 • Ephesians 2:4-10 • John 3:14-21 
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” —John 3:17 

Some people think God is like an angry judge. They forget that he is a loving parent. He loves each one of us as his own children. Ask your parents how much they love you. It may be hard for them to express all the love they have for you in their hearts. But parents love their children a lot, wanting the best for them. God wants that for us, too. He saw that we needed to know his love, and the best way to show us was to send his Son. But he didn’t stop there. He allowed his Son to show us God’s love all the way to the cross. Jesus laid down his life for us, and then rose from the dead to love us even more. Our God really loves us a lot! 

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being a Father who is willing to go to any length to show us, your children, that you love us. 

Reflection: How do you view God? As an angry judge or a loving parent? Are you afraid of him or do you run into God’s arms for love? 
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The sacrament of reconciliation Pope Francis' prayer intention for March seeks to highlight the joy that the Sacrament of Reconciliation brings and reminds us that it’s a loving and merciful encounter between us and God. It’s a message full of hope, in which he invites us to rediscover the power of personal renewal that the Sacrament of Confession has in our life. Here is the Pope’s message in Spanish with English subtitles – 
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