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Fourth Sunday of Lent - Year B

Updated: Mar 29

Do you remember a Quarterback for the Denver Broncos named Tim Tebow? He made national headlines not only for his playing ability but also for his faith. Under his eyes he would often write the scripture abbreviation John 3:16. Growing up I would often see people at various sporting events holding up the same bible reference. Why is this verse of Sacred Scripture so important?


Today’s gospel reading is that very same verse. It is a primary gospel message and it is short and powerful. It reminds us that God gave us His only begotten Son and to believe in Him. (Incidentally, begotten is a term which means of the same essence). However there is more to that passage which is often not quoted or painted on faces and signs. It is this: “people preferred darkness to light”.

This ties in well with the other two readings. In Chronicles we read that people kept adding sin upon sin and disregarded God in their lives. This led to years of captivity and the temple being destroyed. St. Paul tells us that even while we were doing stupid, sinful things, God loved us and sent Christ Jesus for us, to remind us that we are God’s handiwork and to walk as children of the light.


As we look at today’s society and the news, or movies or television shows, we can plainly see the sins and vices of humanity openly displayed. We see our Church and beliefs mocked and ridiculed, and if someone tries to live a virtuous life, then they are considered out of touch or more “holier than thou” etc. How sad is this?


The words of our Lord have come to pass. People would rather live their lives in the darkness of sin, then to live in the light. Mr. Tebow had it right in trying to remind this generation that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life”.


So, if you have been wandering in darkness, if you have felt alone and wounded by bad choices, if you are just tired of being tired, then it is time to walk in the ‘Son-shine’ and allow the Light of Christ to melt the sin in your soul. Aren’t you ready for a change? Something to think about. May God richly bless you always!

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