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Study, Pray, Serve: 4th Sunday of Lent

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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.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent


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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.

3rd Sunday of Advent – The Lord draws near with power and might.


Study:  Consider a moment when you were greatly helped by someone.  How did it feel to have their support?

Pray: Set before the Lord your challenges and remember in your daily prayers the needs of others.

Serve: How has the Lord blessed you to help others?  What gifts and talents do you possess that make a difference today?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Isaiah’s prophecy proclaims the power and might of God.  Among the words of the 1st reading we find:

Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
make firm the knees that are weak,
say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing. (Is. 35:3-6)

These are words of hope!  In the midst of the challenges of life the Lord comes to strengthen our hearts and renew our lives.  Yes, there are difficulties; yet we face them boldly – supported by the grace and power of God.

This hope in God’s power appears in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus cites this passage from Isaiah to the disciples of John the Baptist.  Christ is the one who fulfills the words of the prophet; he is the one who comes to save us.

What’s more, those that receive this saving grace – the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven – are greater than all the prophets, including John.  In other words, when we accept the power and might of God we are transformed into a new creation as the old bondage of sin and death is destroyed.

May we claim this saving grace today!  As we call upon the Lord in our daily prayers, we ask that the power and might of Jesus Christ heals our hearts and strengthens our souls.  We have work to do!  May God’s grace help us to make it happen.

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