Fourth Sunday of Lent: 26 March – John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38 ~ seeing and believing

Fourth Sunday of Lent: 26 March 2017

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

O God: you renew the world through mysteries beyond all telling; grant, I pray, that your people may be guided by your eternal design and not be deprived of your help in this present age. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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Reading: John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38 (NLT)

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.
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Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!

His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!”

But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”
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Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”

Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.

Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?”

The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.”
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“You were born a total sinner!” they answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.

When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.”

“You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”

“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.
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Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: Light of the world – open my eyes to recognize your hand at work in the miraculous and the mundane.

+ Lord, open my eyes to the needs of people in my neighborhood.
+ Lord, show me the good works you are already doing in their lives.
+ Lord, give me discernment to recognize opportunities to join your work.
+ Lord, help me make the most of these opportunities to love them and honor you.

Lord Jesus Christ: Light of the world – display your wonder-working power in my neighborhood; that all may acknowledge you as the Son of God and worship you – to the glory of the Most High God. Amen.
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“This I Believe” – Hillsong Worship


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Closing:

The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away. – Isaiah 50:4-5 (NLT)

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Format adapted from Lectio Divina: USCCB Lenten Resources, 2017



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