03.30.14 ~ Fourth Sunday of Lent


Jn 9:41

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.

In Conversation with God:

Joy is essentially a Christian characteristic, and in this liturgical season the Church does not fail to remind us that it should be present at every moment of our lives. There is a joy proper to the hope of Advent, then the joy of Christmas itself, so lively and warm. And as the year advances there is the joy of increasing closeness to the risen Christ… today, as we approach the end of Lent, we meditate on the joy of the Cross… Should we have the misfortune to encounter sorrow, undergo suffering, experience misunderstanding, or even to fall into sin, how quickly will our thoughts turn to the One who… overcomes in every trial, fills our emptiness, forgives all our sins and eagerly impels us towards a new path that is safe and joyful.

This Sunday is traditionally called Laetare Sunday… The strictness of the Lenten liturgy is interrupted… Today… the alter can be decked with flowers as on no other day in Lent.

… the Church wishes to remind us that joy is perfectly compatible with mortification and pain. It is sadness and not penance which is opposed to happiness…

The mortifications we do during these days should not cast a shadow over our interior joy… our Redemption is near at hand; the pouring out of love for mankind…

Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the occasions of pleasure, but finds great difficulty in giving birth to happiness. For happiness has its origin elsewhere: it is a spiritual thing. Money, comfort, hygiene, material security etc, may often not be lacking, but nevertheless, despite these advantages, boredom, suffering and sadness are frequently to be found supervening in the lives of many people…

A heart in union and at peace with God, even though it knows itself to be that of a sinner, goes to the source of all forgiveness, to Christ in the sacrament of Penance.

Lord, it is with great joy that we offer you the sacrifice that brings everlasting healing… suffering of itself alone neither transforms nor purifies. It may even be the cause of rebellion and hatred…

God asks us to lose our fear of pain and tribulation…

… in toil and hardship… in hunger and thirst… in cold and exposure… I am filled with comfort. With all our affliction, I am overjoyed…

… is it not true that as soon as you cease to be afraid of the Cross, of what people call the Cross, when you set your will to accept the Will of God, then you find happiness, and all your worries, all your sufferings, physical or moral, pass away?

CCC #332

Angels have been present since creation and throughout the history of salvation, announcing this salvation from afar or near and serving the accomplishment of the divine plan: they closed the earthly paradise; protected Lot; saved Hagar and her child; stayed Abraham’s hand; communicated the law by their ministry; led the People of God; announced births and callings; and assisted the prophets, just to cite a few examples. Finally, the angel Gabriel announced the birth of the Precursor and that of Jesus himself.


… better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere…


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