4th Sunday of Lent Year A

Published on 10 Mar 2020
Stained glass window of Christ healing the blind man

‘Wake up from your sleep and Christ will shine on you!’

O God, who through your Word

reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way,

grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith

the Christian people may hasten toward

the solemn celebrations to come.

If you are a Catholic and cannot go to Mass as there are no public Masses, you may like to make an act of 'Spiritual Communion' and say these words. 

My Jesus,

I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things

and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,

come spiritually into my soul

so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.

Amen. 

You can also pray with the Sunday readings using our reflections, by downloading the PDF. 

Each year, Laetare (‘Rejoice’) Sunday gives encouragement to all those travelling the Lenten road to Holy Week and Easter.

Today’s readings affirm that I do not make this journey alone. I am offered a helping hand by the Lord who is my shepherd and guide (Psalm). By leading me on the right path in goodness, he is being true to his name. I want for nothing. Though I may have been walking in darkness, even sometimes feeling as if I am trapped in the valley of the shadow of death, I am now exposed to the light of the Lord.

And the Lord, looking with love at my heart rather than at external appearances (First Reading), illuminates me, turning me into light (Second Reading).

Jesus curing the man born blind is a well-known piece of scripture (Gospel). Perhaps I am like the one without sight who can suddenly see. And finding myself looking at the Son of Man, I can come to believe and to trust in him even more deeply.

Reason, indeed, to rejoice today!

People look at appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart.      First Reading

Near restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirit.      Psalm

You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord.       Second Reading

Lord, I believe!’      Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

1 Samuel 16: 1.6–7, 10–13; Ps. 22 (23); Ephesians 5: 8–14; John 9: 1–41