Pastors Desk: Fourth Sunday of Lent / B

Posted 10th March 2018 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 11th March 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Lent / B

let-it-shineAs days and weeks pass the hours of daylight increase. Sunrise is slightly earlier each day with brighter early mornings, and we can see a ‘stretch’ in the evenings, as it gradually gets darker later. It’s important to recognise how daylight affects our overall health and sense of wellbeing.

In today’s gospel, during a conversation, Jesus tells Nicodemus that God loved the world so much he was prepared to give his only son to ‘be lifted up’ so that those who believed in him may have a share in eternal life, a life after death. It was through his son and that sacrifice on the cross that all in the world would be saved. The love that we have for others comes nowhere near the love that God has for each one of us.

We can all go through periods of darkness and despair in our lives. That space can sometimes be created by situations of our making or ones that we don’t ask for, but which life sends our way. Either way they are not good places for us to dwell for too long as they prevent us from living life to the full as the Lord intended for each of us.

Today he warns that there are those who prefer to live in darkness for fear their evil deeds might be exposed. As followers, Jesus is the light that leads each of us forward. However, when we live by the truth we can confidently come out into the light and show that all our actions are done in God.

This Lent, may we have the courage to step out of the ways of darkness into the light of Christ.

Fr Gerry