Let’s explore some of the major themes in the readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent.
1st Reading – Joshua 5:9a,10-12
- The people of Israel no longer eat manna; they now eat the produce of the land of Canaan.
- This marks a new transition as the the Lord has “removed the reproach of Egypt” from them.
Psalm – 34:2-7
- “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
- The Lord, who brings blessings and deliverance, is the source of our hope and joy.
2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21
- Whoever is in Christ is a new creation.
- As ambassadors for Christ we are given the ministry of reconciliation with one another.
Gospel – Luke 15:1-3,11-32
- The parable of the Prodigal Son reveals God’s goodness, patience, and desire for our reconciliation.
- The Father reaches out to both his wayward younger son and his angry, stubborn older son.
Note: These are the readings for “Year C” in the Lectionary for Mass. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent, parishes may use the “Year A” readings at Masses that include members of the RCIA process.