Monday, fourth week of Lent
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.
As for me, I trust in the Lord.
Let me be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have seen my affliction.
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.
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 has a better answer
than the one I beg from Him.
If I will put
what little trust I have
and follow through,
I’ll walk into
a house renewed,
Do I insist on my answer to my prayers?
Do I “Do whatever He tells me” even when God seems to rebuff me?