Fourth Sunday in Lent

Finding Meaning in Suffering – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

Finding Meaning in Suffering – Gospel in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

We were not created to suffer. But the gospel is that God was not content to leave us in our suffering, nor did he remain aloof to it. Rather, he himself came to suffer and die so that the very life which we have marred though our sin and rebellion might be beautifully and wonderfully redeemed. And through the healing of the blind man, we have a small foretaste of the incomparable glory that awaits those of us who hope in the Lord.

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Life from the Dead – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Life from the Dead – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

“Often today people don’t believe there is much wrong with the human race and with themselves in particular. As a result they don’t see very much need for God’s grace…All that God has to offer, it seems, is a kind of spiritual enhancement of ordinary life, a gentle enrichment of what’s already there rather than a radical rescue from imminent danger…But Paul’s gospel is all about grace that is more than mere enrichment. It gives life to the dead.” (N.T. Wright)

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The Lord of History – First Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

The Lord of History – First Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Of Course, it is not so. We are only fooling ourselves. God is still involved in history, holding nations and cultures accountable for their actions. It is with that in mind that everyone who stands for justice and righteousness should take heart and refuse to be discouraged by any contemporary rush away from God and God’s ways, trembling at the mantra that those who don’t go along are “on the wrong side of history”… After all, God is the Lord of history.

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