Sunday, March 30, 2014
Lenten Reflection for Sunday, March 30
March 30, 2014
THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
1 Samuel 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A * Ephesians 5:8-14 * John 9:1-41
In today’s Gospel, a blind man receives his sight and sees more clearly than the Pharisees. The blind man is able to see more clearly through the darkness that clouds the minds of the Pharisees because, through his encounter with the Lord Jesus, Christ’s light entered into the darkness of his heart. For this reason, he was able see the truth clearly through the darkness. As Christians, we are called to live and judge the world by Christ’s light. This demands that we be close to Christ and allow his light to penetrate more deeply into the dark places of our hearts. We place a particular emphasis on need for conversion of heart during the Lenten season in order that his light may fill our lives more fully.
Throughout this season, fasting, prayer, and almsgiving are practiced with special intensity to renew our commitment to an ongoing conversion of heart, which is an essential aspect of Christian life. By baptism we have already become Children of Light, but we are not yet perfected. This is why the whole of Christian living is a life of sanctification. As we open the dark parts of our hearts to the light of Christ, the darkness is overcome and we burn a bit more brightly. By the sacraments, we participate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus; and by our participation in them, Christ’s saving work is made present to every time and place. Through our participation, we carry Christ’s light with us, and our very lives give witness to his truth. Together we pray for our continued sanctification and that we may see and judge the world by Christ’s light.
Deacon Craig DeYoung
Class of 2006
Major: Industrial Distribution
Future Plans: God willing, I will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin in 2014.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.