Fourth Sunday of Lent


By Lisa Fernandes

Two weeks ago we all made the change to Daylight Savings Time. If you’re like me you might find the dark mornings difficult to adjust to but, like me as well, you’re probably looking forward to those light Spring mornings that will soon come. The readings this week talk about how we, as Catholics, can move from our metaphorical darkness to the light with the help of God’s love. In the Second Reading, for example, we’re reminded that we all started in darkness: “For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light…” (Ephesians 5:8).

By finding what is pleasing to the Lord we can find the light. In the Gospel, Jesus cures a blind man, helping him to move out of his personal darkness. Jesus promises us our own journey out of darkness: “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). Ironically, even though Jesus did a wonderful thing for the blind man he was criticized by the Pharisees; doing work on the Sabbath, even healing someone, was “against the rules”. But, just as Jesus acted contrary to the accepted rules of his society to do a greater good, we may sometimes have to resist peer pressure or protest the actions of the majority to do good and walk in the light ourselves. The theme of darkness to light is echoed further in one of everyone’s favourite Psalms: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me…” (Psalm 23:4).

At points in our lives we may all find ourselves in a valley of darkness but we get through it with God’s help and by looking forward to emerging into the light. And if we focus on the presence of God’s love we may get there sooner. As we move towards Easter and celebrating the Resurrection, we move through the light of Spring and to the light of the world, Jesus.

Sunday’s Readings:

1 Samuel 16.1b, 6-7, 10-13

Ephesians 5.8-14

John 9.1-41