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Monday, fourth week of Lent

March 11, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Monday!

As of today, our season is starting to shift.
Up to this point, we’ve heard almost exclusively from the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew.
Today we move to St. John’s Gospel, and stay there for the rest of the season, with only 2 exceptions (Palm Sunday and Wednesday of Holy Week).
St. John’s Gospel is markedly different from the other three
(which are collectively referred to as the synoptic Gospels),
both in style and in content.
John’s main purpose in writing is stated at the end of his book:

That you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that believing you may have life in His name
~John 20:31

As we approach the mystery of Jesus’ Passion and death,
we need to be very clear about who He is
–the Son of God–
in order to understand the meaning underlying His words and actions,
and the significance they have for our own lives.
We turn to St. John, that he might teach us.

Entrance Antiphon:
As for me, I trust in the Lord.
Let me be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have seen my affliction.

Collect:
O God, who renew the world
through mysteries beyond all telling,
grant, we pray,
that Your Church may be guided by Your eternal design
and not be deprived of Your help in this present age.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Isaiah 65:17-21 (new heavens and a new earth)
Psalm 30:2-13 “I will praise You, Lord, for You have rescued me”
+John 4:43-54 (Jesus heals the ruler’s son)

God’s Word creates

In the beginning was the Word…
and the Word was God…
all things were created through Him
~John 1:1, 3

And God said,
“Let there be light”
and there was light
~Genesis 1:3

…and recreates:

they told him,
“The fever left him yesterday
at the seventh hour.”
The father realized that just at that time
Jesus had said to him,
“Your son lives”
~John 4:52-53

With just a word
the Word restored
the boy to perfect health.

But that was just the iceberg-tip
the toppling of a domino
that sparked a chain-reaction
deep within the father’s soul.
The word and its fulfillment
healed his doubt
created faith,
brought his whole family
to confidence in God.

This new creation
thrills the Heart of God!

Thus says the Lord:
Lo, I AM about to create new heavens and a new earth…
I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and exult in My people
~Isaiah 65:17, 19

God exercises more power in sanctifying a single soul
than He did in creating the world,
for in creating the world He met with no opposition.
~St. John of the Cross

Have you let the Word of God recreate your faith?
…recreate your life?

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