The Fourth Sunday of Lent Year A
‘I was blind and now I can see!’
26th March 2017 by Fr.Philip Inch
God’s loving vision is a light that guides us out of darkness and heals our spiritual blindness. God sees the potential in us through his loving gaze. His judgements are based on compassion and love, and not on our human standards.
In the first reading Samuel is surprised that God chooses the simple shepherd boy David to be the King of Israel, when his brothers all seemed so much more suitable. In time, David’s descendant Jesus will become the true Good Shepherd: the Servant King who opens the eyes of the blind.
Psalm 22 (23) is the “Good Shepherd” Psalm. Its words of comfort describe how God tenderly cares for his people, giving them rest, guiding them through darkness, and richly anointing them with love.
St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians calls us to wake from our sleep so that we can
see ourselves as God sees us. We are children of light! Darkness no longer has a
hold over our lives, and as children of light we are called to share fully in the life
of the Risen Christ.
Today’s Gospel describes the healing of a man from lifelong blindness. It shows how his eyes are opened not just physically but spiritually too, so that he can see who he truly is. He is now able to recognise Christ and declare his belief in Him. Just as Samuel was surprised at God’s choice of a king for his people, the Pharisees cannot believe that Jesus chooses a “sinner” to be healed. Their judgements make them blind
Lent 2017: This week:
Sunday: Stations of the Cross and Benediction at St Teresa’s at 4.00pm
Tuesday: “Our search for happiness.” 7.00pm - 8.00pm in St Oswald’s Presbytery.
Wednesday: 10.00am Stations of the Cross at St Mary Magdalen.
Thursday: Holy Hour at St Teresa’s from 7.30pm- 8.30pm, come for some
or all of it, stay for the whole hour or slip in and out as you please.
Friday 9.00am at St Oswald’s: Stations of the Cross.
6.00pm: Training Session for the Faith in Action sponsored event.
Meet outside St T Church, you can walk or run on this training.
Class Masses: Year 6 St T class Mass on Wednesday this week
In 2018, Pope Francis will invite Bishops and others to Rome to talk about
Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. At this gathering they will discuss how
the Catholic Church can accompany young people in their faith and help them to
hear God’s call. If you are aged between 13-29 years old, the Catholic Church in
England and Wales would like to hear from you; your thoughts on faith and how
you connect with the Catholic Church. A Youth Poll can be accessed using this
Please keep in prayer those from the RCIA group this year: Clare Miller, Catherine Godbold, Yvonne Cragg, Joe Whitaker, Vernon James Cross, Karen McCallum, Kathryn Quinn, Roger Hough, James Fuller, David Terry, Jane Riding Smyth, Janine Pickering. They are preparing to enter the Church at the Easter Vigil.