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March 11, 2018 

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Today the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrates “Laetare Sunday” (which means) “Rejoice Sunday”. It is the midpoint of our Lenten season. The opening prayer of today's Mass speaks of this joy; because even in the midst of a season of penance and fasting, we are called to joy because of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.


The readings chosen for today’s Mass have a common thread of “God's love and our ingratitude”. The first reading describes the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC and the “Babylonian Captivity”. God permitted this catastrophe happen because the people of Israel had become unfaithful to His covenant.


So many times, God sent prophets to convert His people and call them to repentance, but they would not listen to the prophets - they preferred to live in darkness; they laughed at, and mocked God's prophets and even killed them. Since they preferred darkness, God delivered them into the darkness of the Exile. He allowed Jerusalem to be destroyed, and He permitted one third of the people to be carried off to exile in Babylon and put in concentration camps.


The Responsorial Psalm speaks of the Babylonians trying to get the Jews to be joyful and sing some of their songs. “By the streams of Babylon, we sat and wept when we remembered Zion”. But out of that chaos, suddenly and unexpectedly comes change and joy. Persia’s King Cyrus, a pagan, an enemy, a foreigner proclaims the end of the Jewish exile, and promises to re-build the Temple in Jerusalem; imagine the joy in the camps: Were going home!”


In the second reading, we are reminded by St. Paul that God is rich in mercy. Our God lavishes us with His love and we can’t even begin to understand or imagine the riches of His grace.


The Gospel is the story of Nicodemus. It contains the famous verse 3:16: “God so loved the world that He gave us His Only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not die but have everlasting life”. This passage gives us another reason for joy. God does not abandon His people; He loves us - He loves us so much that He sent His only Son to us so that we can have life through Him, and with Him, and in Him.


Jesus came into our world to heal us; to forgive us; to comfort us; to bring us the Good News of eternal Life and yet so many people - even we ourselves from time to time – reject or ignore the importance of Jesus ‘message.


Jesus keeps coming to us offering us freedom from anxiety, offering us wholeness of life, offering us the opportunity to be beacons of hope in our families, in our community and in our world; and yet we feel threatened because it means change - it means letting go of certain attitudes we've been accepted.


Bishop Fulton Sheen once quoted a commentary on how Jesus is received by people of the modern world. He described what happened when Jesus visited a city - any city - our city: “When Jesus came to Golgotha they hanged Him on a tree. They drove great nails through His hands and feet, and made a Calvary: They crowned him with a Crown of Thorns, red were his wounds and deep; For those were crude and cruel days, and human flesh was cheap. When Jesus came to Marietta, they simply passed Him bye; They never hurt a hair of Him, they only let Him die. For men and women had grown more tender, and they would not give Him pain, They just passed down the street, and left Him in the rain. Still Jesus cried, “Forgive them, for they do not know what they do;” And still it rained the winter rain that drenched Him through and through. The crowds went home and left the streets without a soul to see, And Jesus crouched against a wall and cried for Calvary.


On this “Laetare Sunday”, are we filled with joy because we are convinced of all that God has done for us or are we indifferent? Do we take it all for granted? Does Jesus come into our midst only to be crucified by our indifference? Jesus asks for our commitment and so often, we simply pass Him bye. We even run from Him, much like His friends did on Good Friday.


In today's Gospel, Jesus says to Nicodemus: “The light has come into the world, but people preferred to live in the darkness instead of the light because their works were evil.” In this second half of Lent, come into the Light. The light of Christ beckons us to come out of the darkness into His marvelous light! On this “Laetare Sunday”, recognize with great joy and gratitude all that God has done for us!


May each one of us be renewed in our Lenten discipline. May we embrace, with joy, the Cross, and may we remember the salvation it brings. As we approach the days of Jesus’ final journey to His sacred Passion and Death, may we journey with Him so that in dying to ourselves, we will rise with Him to newness of Life.

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Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption
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