LIVING THE WORD
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 26, 2017
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MASS
Find the readings at www.USCCB.org or in a Bible.
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6 –7, 10 –13a
Psalm 23:1– 3a, 3b – 4, 5, 6
Ephesians 5:8 –14
John 9:1– 41 or 9:1, 6 – 9, 13 –17, 34 – 38
Pray with the Word
O God whose face we long to see, in Christ you come in search of us,
judging not by outward appearance but gazing into our hearts at the light you have kindled.
As once you gave Samuel insight to see young David as your shepherd-king,
as once you led the man born blind to look on Christ and behold the face of your Anointed,
so now clear our vision and focus our sight that all of us, the elect and baptized,
may acknowledge Christ as the Light of the world.
Who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Prepare for the Word
Use these questions to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attending Mass:
To find clarity in a situation, we often need to see things from a different perspective. How can you look at things from a different angle this week when things get difficult?
As you listen to the readings this week, think about a time when God has done something incredible for you. Give him thanks for all that he has done for you.
Reflect on the Word
Use these questions to reflect on the readings after attending Mass:
Jesus cured the blind man so people would come to believe in God through him. Who is someone that has strengthened your faith because of how they live?
We are often blind to our own faults, as the Pharisees are in this Gospel. What are some things to which you have been turning a blind eye?
Act on the Word
Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
We live in a culture where we are constantly bombarded with judgmental comments. Celebrities, for example, are always under the scrutiny of the public eye; we hear about what they wore or what they did and why it wasn’t good enough. Our culture does not, however, typically focus on self-reflection, on taking time to look at our own lives to see ways in which we can improve ourselves. This week, your challenge is to reflect on your day every night. Think of three things you did well and three things you would like to improve if you were given the chance.
The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by Sarah Ault; prayer written by Peter J. Scagnelli. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on November 12, 2015
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