Lenten Season Blog
During her time in Kenya, Sister Janet Mullen, SNDdeN, and young artists she trained, p...
The primary theme of the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Lent is the triumph of light over darkness. The formerly blind man gradually has his eyes, heart, and mind opened to the truth about Jesus, the Light of the world. The man moves from speaking about the man called Jesus who made clay and anointed my eyes and told me to ‘Go to Siloam and wash’, to identifying and naming Jesus a prophet, to testifying to receiving sight for the first time in his life, to finally believing in and worshipping Jesus.
All too often in life, we die before we die. We give up. We stop growing and loving. We bury our giftedness. How sad this is. The Lazarus Gospel and the whole Lenten season invites us to look within, to notice how we have been entombed. As winter melts into spring, may we too experience a metanoia… allowing life, love, and new growth to COME FORTH.
“But whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Almighty and ever living God, you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent. May this time be one of outward focus; seeking you in those we often ignore. Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter. Give us hearts hungry to serve you and those who need what we have to give.
Almighty Father, as we walk with Jesus through these days of Lent, show us how to know Him more nearly and love Him more dearly each day. Confident of the light and strength of the Holy Spirit, as we embark on our Lenten journey, we ask these graces in the name of Jesus who lived and died that we may have new life. Amen.