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2014 Mid-Atlantic Congress -- Reflection on the 4th Week of Lent
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4th Sunday in Lent

Sunday Scripture Readings

1 Sam 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A
Ps 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6
Eph 5:8-14
Jn 9:1-41

Reflecting on the Readings

The following ideas and phrases from this Sunday’s readings stand out.

  • The readings for the fourth Sunday of Lent remind us that the story of salvation is rich, complex, and paradoxical.
  • The story of good versus evil, light versus dark, and strong versus weak, and the triumph of faith and God must be told in its entirety, even when evil, darkness, and weakness appear to be stronger.
  • In the first reading, Samuel challenges our thinking about what it means to be a king. He anoints a young boy, a shepherd, because of what is in the heart.
  • We are reminded that power is from God and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and is not something we gain for ourselves.
  • The psalm asks the question, "What does it take to be able to rest comfortably in the phrase, ‘there is nothing I shall want’?”
  • In Ephesians, Paul exposes the lies of the darkness in the light of faith, and calls us to not deny whose and what we are.
  • At the beginning of the Gospel, the disciples start the wrong story. It is Jesus who corrects them so that they may see more deeply into the richness of what is taking place before them.
  • The simplicity of the blind man’s story causes so much angst among the Pharisees. They refuse to believe the evidence before them.

What phrases or ideas stand out to you and why?

Making Connections

Recall the fourth point that Rev. Bob Barron made during his closing keynote:

  • Tell the great story of salvation history.
  • Jesus is more than just a guru or wise figure.
  • He is the climax of the greatest story on earth.
  • Share the whole story beginning with the Old Testament through its fulfillment in Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

As you read the Scriptures for the 4th Sunday in Lent and think about the points from Rev. Barron’s presentation, what connections do you see? How are they meaningful to you?

Reflection Questions/Activities

As you reflect on the following, share your thoughts or images on Facebook (#MACongress), Twitter (#MACongress), Instagram, or Pinterest.

In what ways does Pope Francis model the biblical image of a king? How can you better embrace that model of kingship—we were baptized as priest, prophet, and king—in our daily lives?

In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul invites us to continue to deepen our testimony as bearer of the light through our actions. How do you show others the light of Christ in your actions?

What does it mean for you to "dwell in” the house of the Lord? How does dwelling in the relationship with God in Christ help you to better tell the story of salvation?

Where is your dwelling place within the story of salvation?

Additional Resources

Road of Hope   

Pope Francis Speaks to Our Hearts

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