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Monday, fourth week of Lent

March 27, 2017

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.

Readings:
Isaiah 65:17-21 (new heavens and a new earth)
Psalm 30:2-6, 11-13 “I will praise You, Lord, for You have rescued me”
+John 4:43-54 (Jesus heals the ruler’s son)

I won’t believe
until I’m driven
to extremity.

The Lord
would much prefer
a course
that isn’t
quite so hard
on me!

Am I more interested in signs and wonders than in what God’s trying to tell me?
Do I have to learn the hard way?

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