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Fourth Sunday of Lent

 Sister Tarcisia Roths, ASC

By Sister Tarcisia Roths ASC, former President of Newman

2 Chron 36:14 – 17, 19 – 23; Ephesians 2: 4 – 10; John 3:14 – 21

The message in today’s scripture presents us with images of LOVE, LIGHT, and LIFE: God’s LOVE for us, shown in his gift to us of the LIGHT who is Christ, who brings us LIFE. The message of God’s love is clear: “God has compassion on his people…” “God is rich in mercy, because of his great LOVE for us.” “God so loved the world that he gave his only son…”

God sent his own son—Christ, the LIGHT—into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. By coming into the LIGHT of Christ, we who were dead in sin now live this gift of God’s LOVE. “It is not our own doing, it is God’s gift.” We are truly God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus, to lead the life of good deeds which God has prepared for us. With such a powerful affirmation of God’s LOVE, and empowered by the LIGHT of Christ, we are challenged to bring God’s LIFE into our broken world.

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