Lectionary Reflections: Fourth Sunday of Lent [c] March 6, 2016

Engaging Faith | Tue, Mar 1, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Fourth Sunday of Lent [c]

March 6, 2016


Joshua 5:9a, 10-12

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32



March 8: International Women’s Day

March 12: Anniversary of the Death of Anne Frank (1945)

March 13: Daylight Savings Time begins in most places in the U.S. & Canada

March 13: Third anniversary of the election of Pope Francis



God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind! God does not abandon us!

-Pope Francis, 2016 World Day of Peace Message

Do not forget that the mercy of God is our shield and strength against injustice, destruction and oppression.

-Pope Francis @Pontifex Feb 17, 2016

Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favorable a time for conversion.

-Pope Francis, 2016 Lenten Message

God “… has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation.”

-1 Corinthians 5:18

In view of the risks which humanity is facing in our time, all Catholics in every part of the world have a duty to proclaim and embody ever more fully the ''Gospel of Peace,”

-Pope Benedict XVI, 2007 World Day of Peace Message

God is Love which saves, a loving Father who wants to see his children look upon one another as brothers and sisters, working responsibly to place their various talents at the service of the common good of the human family.

-Pope Benedict XVI, 2007 World Day of Peace Message

“Daily human events clearly evidence how much forgiveness and reconciliation are undeniably needed for bringing about a real, personal, and social renewal. This is valid in interpersonal relations but also among communities as well as nations.  … The only way to peace is forgiveness. To accept and give forgiveness makes possible a new quality of rapport between people, interrupting the spiral of hatred and revenge and breaks the chains of evil which bind the heart of rivals. …To love the one who offends you disarms the adversary and is able to transform a battlefield into a place of supportive co-operation.  … The Christian must make peace even when feeling as the victim of one who has unjustly offended and struck. … In our times, forgiveness appears more and more as a necessary dimension for an authentic social renewal and for the strengthening of peace in the world.

-John Paul II, 2001 Lenten Message


Thoughts for Your Consideration

The second reading reminds us in this “Year of Mercy” that we have been called to a “ministry of reconciliation.” 

The gospel makes the “forgiveness experience” concrete in a wonderful story.

The process of reconciliation is sometimes a long journey. Consider the years it took for the people of Israel to get to where they are in the first reading – eating the yield of their own land. 

The reconciliation process between the peoples of the Middle East has been going on for countless generations and has still not been completed today.  In fact it seems more and more complicated.

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