Monday, fourth week of Lent (Sts. Perpetua & Felicity )
Blessed Sts. Perpetua & Felicity’s Day!
You can find their story here.
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 (well, we will once we finish celebrating this string of saints!),
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.
Romans 8:31-39 (we conquer overwhelmingly through Him who loves us)
Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8 “Our help is in the Name of the Lord”
+Matthew 10:34-39 (those closest to us will oppose us because of Jesus)
It is the Lord
Who strengthens me
to stay the course
becomes a raging torrent
bent on sweeping me away.
Do I entrust my peace of soul to God
when relatives try to “push my buttons”?