Fourth Sunday of Lent

[Excerpted from the March/April 2017 issue; by John R. Barker, OFM, a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist]

So far this Lent many of the Sunday readings have focused on death and God’s promise of new life. Freedom from bondage to sin, fertility from barrenness, water in a rocky wilderness: these all witness to the power and commitment of God to bring life where none seems possible, to conquer death in its many forms out of mercy and fidelity to God’s creation. This week, we turn for a moment to a related theme, God’s offer to bring light to darkness and sight to the blind.