Sunday, March 18, 2007

Fourth Sunday of Lent

As I sit to write these few thoughts, the words of David Haas' "Now It Is Evening" are going through my head -- "Now it is evening, lights in the city bid us remember, Christ is our Light ..."

Yesterday, as I dealt with clearing out after Friday's messy weather, I was struck by the juxtaposition of the St. Patrick's Day celebrations and the commemorations of the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. I was struggling for thoughts to bring together the complexity of the world events of this weekend with the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Trying to synthesize those, I was thinking ahead to today's Gospel reading (which for us was from Cycle A because we have catechumens/elect among our community) -- the story of the blind man healed by Jesus. In Haas' lyrics, by no coincidence, is found the focus:

Christ is our Light!

In the midst of the darkness of the sorrows and struggles of life around us, Christ's light remains as a guidepost, as a comfort, as a sure and certain side that Jesus is with us. In the darkness of a world at war with one another and itself, we are called -- challenged -- to reflect Christ's light. Sometimes because of our human frailties and failings, the light may seem to flicker, but Lent calls us to fan the flame of Christ's light and penetrate the dark night one small flame at a time, recognizing that all of us together can illuminate the world with Christ-Light.

As this fourth Sunday of Lent -- Laetare -- draws to a closer, the invitation to reflect Christ's light renews itself and the question "How am I doing at how am I being?" continues to resonate for me.

Jesus, you came to bring light to a world yearning for you.

Enable us through our Lenten journey

to be healed of all that blinds us

and prevents us from reflecting Your Light

in all its brillance,


and glory.


At 11:51 AM , Blogger marthatherese said...

"Christ is our Light!" a definitely "yes". We can go tell the whole world if we all are together.
Once someone told me, "There's an invisible yarn that tie each individual with Jesus. Everytime she has fallen. Jesus picks her up and tie a knot. Eventually, a strand is no longer there. Jesus and she become one."
Have a quiet the rest of Lenten journey. Let our light shine for JESUS in our own special way.

At 10:31 AM , Anonymous randy said...

Where are the heros of our time? Realizing they may not be on the front pages, who comes to mind when you ponder some of the "leaders" of today? Is it so that we should just look to God and the saints of earlier times, or are there some contemporaries that come to mind?


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