This Week’s Gospel Message

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

This Week’s Gospel Message for Sunday, March 22nd is from John 9:1-41.

“As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’  Jesus answered, ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.’  When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, ‘Go wash in the Pool of Siloam’. . . So he went and washed, and came back able to see. . .They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees. . .  So some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath.’”

“The intellectual laziness of the Pharisees is exposed today.  Rather than take the time to use good judgment, they immediately dismiss Jesus as a sinner.  He did not keep the Sabbath!  If nothing else, judging exclusively by the letter of the law made life easier for them.  Illuminated by Christ’s light, we are called to make the effort to shine a light on all aspects of a person, event, or issue, so we can make a good and true judgment.” Source: Pastoral Patterns, Spring 2020

DAILY READINGS FOR THE WEEK

Monday Isa 65:17-21; John 4:43-54

Tuesday  Ezek 47:1-9, 12; John 5:1-16

Wednesday Isa 7:10-14; 8:10; Heb 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38

The Annunciation of the Lord (Solemnity) – “This feast celebrates the wondrous event that binds God and humanity forever.  Christ, the Word who becomes the Son of Mary, is enfleshed in her womb, making Mary the Mother of God.  The liturgy celebrates the beginning of God’s new redemptive work and recognizes Mary as the ‘new Eve,’ the obedient and faithful woman who agreed to be a participant in God’s plan of salvation.” (Living With Christ, March 2020)

Thursday Exod 32:7-14; John 5:31-47

Friday Wis 2:1a, 12-22; John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Saturday Jer 11:18-20; John 7:40-53

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