March 28-April 3:  Readings for the Fourth Week of Lent

MARCH 28 Mon Lenten Weekday6 Is 65:17-21/Jn 4:43-54                                         

29 Tue Lenten Weekday Ez 47:1-9, 12/Jn 5:1-16                                               30 Wed Lenten Weekday Is 49:8-15/Jn 5:17-30                                                31 Thu Lenten Weekday Ex 32:7-14/Jn 5:31-47                                       APRIL 1 Fri Lenten Weekday  Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30                2 Sat Lenten Weekday [St Francis of Paola] Jer 11:18-20/Jn 7:40-53                 3 SUN FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT Is 43:16-21/Phil 3:8-14/Jn 8:1-11 or, for Year A, Ez 37:12-14/Rom 8:8-11/Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

Our gospel readings for this week and the remainder of lent are mostly from St. John’s gospel. Until now, they were often from the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew’s Gospel – Jesus’ teaching on prayer and mercy and forgiveness of others. Some readings from Luke’s Gospel presented Jesus’ journey through Galilee where he taught and worked wonders, but he was not well received. 

Yet God’s Mercy, made flesh in Jesus Christ, continues a saving journey.

As he reaches Jerusalem, Jesus works wonders, gave sight to the man born blind, raised Lazarus from the dead and taught in the temple, but opposition to him grew stronger, John’s Gospel reports. 

More than the other gospels, John sees Christ on his glorious way to accomplish his mission to bring life to the world, even if that world opposes him or clings to the darkness, like Nicodemus. (John 4:43-54)

John’s Gospel dominates the readings for the next few weeks of Lent.

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