Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A, 22nd March 2020

Wake up from your sleep and Christ will shine on you!

Each year Laetare (‘Rejoice’) Sunday gives encouragement to all those travelling the Lenten road  to Holy Week and Easter.

Today’s readings affirm that I do not make this journey alone.  I am offered a helping hand by the Lord who is my shepherd and guide (Psalm).  By leading me on the right path in goodness, he is being true to his name.  I want for nothing.  Though I may have been walking in darkness, even sometimes feeling as if I am trapped in the valley of the shadow of death, I am now exposed to the light of the Lord.

And the Lord, looking with love at my heart rather than at external appearances (First Reading), illuminates me, turning me into light (Second Reading).

Jesus curing the man born blind is a well-known piece of scripture (Gospel).   Perhaps I am like the one without sight who can suddenly see.  And finding myself looking at the Son of Man, I can come to believe and to trust in him even more deeply.

Reason, indeed, to rejoice today!

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