4th Sunday of Lent Year B

Published on 11 Mar 2016
The Crucifixion by Graham Sutherland via Flickr Commons

God sent his Son into the world so that through him the world might be saved.

Let us pray that by growing in love this Lent we may bring the peace of Christ to our world.

God our Father, your Word, Jesus Christ, spoke peace to a sinful world and brought humankind the gift of reconciliation by the suffering and death he endured.

Teach us, the people who bear his name, to follow the example he gave us: may our faith, hope and charity turn hatred to love, conflict to peace and death to eternal life.

God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy.. ….it is through grace that you have been saved.
2nd Reading - Eph.2

We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as ….. He had meant us to live it. 
2nd Reading - Ephes. 2:10

God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life through him.
Gospel Jn.3:15

The person who lives by the truth comes out into the light, so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God. 
Gospel Jn.3:21

I begin my prayer by turning to God with faith in his presence and with the desire to open my heart and mind to Him.  I still my body and mind as best I can, becoming conscious of my breathing and allowing it to carry my desire to love and praise.

I read the prayer slowly, savouring any word or phrase which holds or stirs me and responding to it as God draws me.  Is God’s Spirit showing me what “bearing the name Christian” asks of me today? How do I respond in faith, hope?

I ponder the grace of being one of ’the people who bear his name’ and ask that I may grow in faith, hope and love. I end by praying for the peace and reconciliation of Christ for our broken world.