Pondering for Sunday, March 22, 2020

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Daily Office Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent: Year 2

Psalm 66, 67; PM Psalm 19, 46 Gen. 48:8-22; Rom. 8:11-25; John 6:27-40

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11)

All of our Christian faith rides on these words. The Spirit of God, who raised our Lord Jesus back to life, will also raise our mortal bodies back to life.  Eternal life is what we should be living for.  Even as we are going through this hard time with the Covid 19 virus, it cannot win over God.  Paul says, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.” (Romans 8:18 – 19)  In this section Paul mentions us as “Children of God” (a term that I really like) three times. So like our Brother Jesus, we to will be raised as he was to eternal life.  Thank You Lord Jesus

Part 2 of 2

Eucharistic Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent: Year A

1 Samuel 16:1-13  Psalm 23  Ephesians 5:8-14  John 9:1-41

“But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” (John 9:10 – 11)

Each line above can be the basis of a homily. The man called Jesus, (through whom all things were made) made mud, put it on my eyes (used God’s earth to cure those made of God’s earth) and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash (Go and be baptized) and (he had a responsibility to co-create with God) you must obey me.  I washed and received my sight (I obeyed and was able to receive my sight – sight I never had. And because of our Lord Jesus we now see as we have never seen before. So, the Incarnate Word through whom all things were made, made medicine, applied it to the eyes, ordered the man to go and rinse with water as in baptism, requiring his participation in seeing the Truth, the real Truth.  Our Lord Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14:6) Yes, there are many little homilies in this passage. But all of them the are very important lessons.  We too must believe, ask, accept, obey, participate and receive, and finally, see.  Thank You Lord Jesus.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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