Scripture Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Year C, Lectionary 33

Hate feeling lost on Sundays at church? Searching for a better explanation of the Bible than what you hear from your pastor's sermon? Check out the following collection of audio, video, and text commentaries from various Christian experts for a better understanding of today's scripture that deal with: CommandmentCommunityConversionCovenantCreationDignityEgoEnvironmentFamineForgiveFreedomGatherGenerosityGraceIntentionJoyJusticeLentLightLoveMercyMotherNewParentPatienceProdigalReconciliationRepentSightSinSoulUnderstand

Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 34:2-7

“So today taste and see the goodness of God. Experience God with the entirety of your existence...use your body to carry God's love out into the world where others can see it and touch it”

Ellyn Sanna |
2 Corinthians 5:17-21

“so too Christ, as the emperor of the kingdom of Heaven, sends the apostles as his ambassadors. But his message isn't one of political subjugation or military occupation. His message is one of reconciliation.”

"Did Christ Become “Sin”?" | Brant Pitre |
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

“Jesus is using this parable here to teach the scribes and Pharisees about the kind of God the Father really is and about the mercy and compassion of God that we ourselves are to emulate in loving God and loving our neighbor”

"The Prodigal Son's Older Brother" | Brant Pitre |

“all of us come to God, religion, the Bible in different ways because of our own personal experience and if we're going to be peacemakers in our time we're going to have to listen to the stories of the enemy, those that we have on the other side of the table”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“So it's really a parable about the grace of God and about the mercy of God but also a parable for all of us as to how do we look at people who are in a public state of grave sin...Jesus' response is the way we treat those people is we receive them and we eat with them in the hope of their repentance and their salvation”

"The Prodigal Son" | Brant Pitre |

“God invites us to rejoice wherever beauty, truth, goodness and repentance reveal themselves. Even in younger brothers who squander their inheritance”

"A man had two sons" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“As Christians let us all be agents of reconciliation. Let us go in search of our lost brothers and our lost sisters. But if we cannot bring them back home, please, let us not become obstacles to them when they find their way back home.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“in our lives we've all had these moments where we've reached an all-time low and God gave us the grace to even feel shame for what we've done...don't wait to return to the Father. Go as you are.”

Antonio |

“That is what God is like: he always precedes us in love and runs towards us, sinners, to embrace us and to teach us to embrace each other”

Paola Piscitelli |
Overall Readings

“Today’s readings announce the good news of acceptance where all, irrespective of their dispositions are eligible to a warm re-entry”

Sr. Anne Celestine Ondigo, FSJ |

“So what was it that kept Jesus on the tree of Calvary? wasn't the nails that held him to the was love that held him there”

Fr. Tony Ricard |
Monsignor Raymond East |

“with eyes of faith we realize that our Lord is glorified even on the cross”

Fr. Addisalem Mekonnen | March 27, 2022