GOSPEL COMMUNION: Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 22, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year A)

This Sunday’s Gospel of the Man Born Blind emphasizes the theme of light. Indeed, Jesus himself says, early on in the Gospel reading, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

The Collegeville composers found inspiration in the Second Reading, with its exhortation:

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light (Ephesians 5:8)


Walk while you have the light, or the dark will overtake you (John 12:35)

The accompanying canticle provides extended extracts from Isaiah 58 and Isaiah 60, a paean to the light, beginning with

Your light shall break forth like the dawn

and continuing with

If you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness….

The Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places….

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
the glory of the Lord has risen upon you….

The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night;
but the Lord will be your everlasting light….

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