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Fourth Sunday of Lent - Year A

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Fourth Sunday of Lent - Year A

March 26, 2017

Gospel: JN 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, "Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" - which means Sent -. So he went and washed, and came back able to see.
His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, "Isn't this the one who used to sit and beg?" Some said, "It is, " but others said, "No, he just looks like him." He said, "I am."
They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees (1). Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath (2). So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see." So some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath." But others said, "How can a sinful man do such signs (3)?" And there was a division among them. So they said to the blind man again, "What do you have to say about him, since he opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
They answered and said to him, "You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?" Then they threw him out.
When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man (4)?" He answered and said, "Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he." He said, "I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him.
The difficult words
(1)The Pharisees are Jews who try to remain faithful to Moses' law, even in the smallest arts of daily life. Jesus criticizes them for too severely judging those who don't live like they do.
(2)In the Jewish religion, the sabbath is the seventh day of the week, or Saturday.
No work was allowed on the sabbath.
(3)Signs are miracles.
(4)The Son of Man is another name for the Messiah, Jesus.
This week’s spotlight
The anointing of David
In the Bible, a person had to be anointed in order to become king. Anointing was a beautiful gesture in which a special oil was poured onto the person's head. In our first reading at Mass today, God sends Samuel to Jesse's home so that he can anoint his son David and make him the next king of Israel.
Sunday of joy
Today, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we are halfway down the path that takes us to Easter. Just as if we were on a hike in the mountains, we take a break at the halfway point and look back with satisfaction at how far we have traveled already. The readings at Mass today invite us to stop and look with joy at the wonders that the Lord does for us. This Sunday is called Laetere Sunday, or the Sunday of joy. So let's be joyful! Let us all take delight that we are on the road toward Easter, where we will meet our risen Lord!   
Live in the light
The blind man in the Gospel cannot see the light. He needs others to help him find his way. His need for help, however, has made his heart more open to the light of Christ. When he finally met Jesus, he was cured and was able to see truly for the first time! Meeting Jesus made the man’s whole life change: the man was blind, but now he could see. There are times in our lives when we feel blind. We may be trying to make a decision, but we may sometimes feel confused about where to turn. That’s when we need to open our hearts to Christ so that he can give us the help we need. Fortunately, we have already met Jesus and received his light in baptism. He will guide us safely along the way to God. He will open our eyes to the beauty of the world and to the needs of others. The light of Christ gives us new eyes so that we can live as children of light, as children of God!
Discussion questions
1.What happens when Jesus meets the blind man ?
2.How does Jesus heal the man?
3.What happens after the blind man is cured?
4.What does the man come to believe about Jesus?
Praying after Communion
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Thank you for sending us Jesus, the light of the world. May this Communion in his Body and Blood open the eyes of my heart to see your beauty in the world, and to notice the needs of others.
This week…
Turn toward the light
Think of the people who brighten your week with smiles and acts of kindness. Their joy and care remind you of God’s love for you. Thus they help you to turn toward the light and to walk with Jesus. Pray for them and thank God for their love.
Live as a child of light
Count how many people smiled at you today. Tomorrow, try to give others two more smiles than you received today. For example, if you received thirteen smiles today, then give out fifteen smiles tomorrow. Some days will have more smiles than others, but don't worry: your smiles and joy help you show the light of the Lord!
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Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm



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