Here are some of the themes in the Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent.
1st Reading – 1st Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a
- The Lord sends Samuel to Jesse in Bethlehem to anoint one of his sons as the new king.
- The Lord then tells Samuel that, “Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.”
- Samuel will eventually anoint the youngest of Jesse’s sons, David.
Psalm – 23:1-6
- “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”
- The Lord guides through the dark valley and protects us, anointing us with oil and blessing us.
2nd Reading – Ephesians 5:8-14
- Once we were in darkness, but now we live as children in the light of the Lord.
- We expose whatever is shameful to the light of Christ.
Gospel – John 9:1-41
- Jesus encounters a blind man and heals him on the sabbath.
- Christ proclaims that he is the light of the world, healing both body and soul.
- Cured of his blindness, the man comes to believe in Jesus.
Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent
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