4th Sunday of Lent - the Light has come!

A Reading …

14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

 

17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

John 3: 14 - 21

New Revised Standard Version

A Thought …

In today’s reading we are reminded of the greatest good news ever given to our world … God loves us! 

Verse 17 tells us that God so loved the world He sent His only son so that ALL who believe in Him may not perish but have eternal life. What good news! What a promise! But so many folk do not see it, they are still walking in darkness unaware that this news is for them.

I often read these verses at Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, because this is when God broke through into our world with the miraculous arrival of His son, this is when we celebrate God ‘gifting’ His one and only son to us.  And through this reading we are reminded of this event and of one of the names given to Jesus, ‘Light of the World’. 

If you are able why not light a candle, a torch, or the light on your mobile phone and reflect on the light that Christ has brought into your life.  As you gaze upon the flame/light read through today’s scripture again taking time to pause and see what word or phrase God might ask you to ponder on.

 

Then, when you are ready begin to pray.  As you talk with God bring into the light of that conversation anything that is hindering you or worrying you, disturbing you or concerning you. Maybe there are things that you need to say sorry for, words said or not said, things you have done or not done, or thoughts that cause you pain.  Now take hold of the promise that God loves you, let fear and worry be replaced by God’s great love for you as you say sorry to God, let His forgiveness reign over you and wipe the slate clean.

The light of the world has come and oh how we need that light!

A Prayer …

Christ as a light, illumine and guide me
Christ as a shield, over shadow me
Christ underneath, Christ over me
Christ beside, on my left and my right

This day be within and without me
lowly and meek yet all powerful
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
In the mouth of each who speaks unto me

This day be within and without me
lowly and meek yet all powerful

Christ as light, Christ as a shield
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.

Amen.
 

Blessings to all,

Deacon Maria

 

Please use this links to view Maria's other Lent thoughts:

1st Sunday of Lent

2nd Sunday of Lent

3rd Sunday of Lent

5th Sunday of Lent

Palm Sunday

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