March 22, 2020

4th Sunday of Lent

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light (Ephesians 5:14).

A shift takes place in this liturgy. The music needs an upbeat and excitement. We welcome the catechumens for the second scrutiny with a joyful Laetare: Be joyfulexult and be satisfied at her consoling breast. As a community of believers who exemplify holy mother church, we are challenged to create this tender image of God to those who will soon be baptized.

The Word of God interplays blindness and seeing; darkness and light; death and life; sin and salvation. The first reading is set at a sacrificial banquet with Samuel seeking one to anoint with oil. The elect, chosen by God, will be anointed at the Easter Vigil. This text needs to speak directly to them, for human beings judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart. You may want to anoint them with the oil of catechumens at this time. Saint Peter Julian, in prayer, taught, “I must strive to acquire love in order to have the spirit of Jesus, who will then be the spirit of my heart…” (Retreat of Rome, February 17).

The liturgy wants to hasten us to the Sacred Triduum in time to awaken the dead and rise in the light of Christ. Our eyes touched by Christ open and see with faith the mystery that is set before us in bread and wine. At this sacrificial banquet, we answer the question, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? With a simple act of worship, we receive the mercy and peace that comes from the cross. United in the living Christ, we bring light and healing to others.

Let us pray:

Lord, Jesus, you are the true light that enlightens the world. Through your Spirit of truth, free those who are enslaved by the father of lies. Stir up the desire for good in these elect, whom you have chosen for your sacraments. Let them rejoice in your light, that they may see, and, like the man born blind whose sight you restored, let them prove to be staunch and fearless witnesses to the faith, for you are Lord forever and ever. Amen. (Second Scrutiny)


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


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