St-John’s
Catholic Church

Location:  
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Corner of Hw 9
Felton, CA 95018
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There are two parts for Celebrating the Word of God:

First Part - Scripture Readings
Second Part - Reflections

Fourth Sunday of Lent

FIRST PART - SCRIPTURE READINGS (Lectionary: 31)

Reading 11 SM 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A

The LORD said to Samuel:
“Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”
As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice,
Samuel looked at Eliab and thought,
“Surely the LORD’s anointed is here before him.”
But the LORD said to Samuel:
“Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
because man sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.”
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse,
“The LORD has not chosen any one of these.”
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
“Are these all the sons you have?”
Jesse replied,
“There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said to Jesse,
“Send for him;
we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here.”
Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.
He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold
and making a splendid appearance.
The LORD said,
“There—anoint him, for this is the one!”
Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
anointed David in the presence of his brothers;
and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.

Responsorial Psalm PS 23: 1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6.

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Reading 2 EPH 5:8-14

Brothers and sisters:
You were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light,
for light produces every kind of goodness
and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness;
rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention
the things done by them in secret;
but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for everything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore, it says:
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
Verse Before The GospelJN 8:12
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life.

Gospel JN 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.
We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day.
Night is coming when no one can work.
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
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” —which means Sent—.
So he went and washed, and came back able to see.
His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said,
“Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?”
Some said, “It is, “
but others said, “No, he just looks like him.”
He said, “I am.”
So they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”
He replied,
“The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes
and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’
So I went there and washed and was able to see.”
And they said to him, “Where is he?”
He said, “I don’t know.”
They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.
Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.
So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.
He said to them,
“He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”
So some of the Pharisees said,
“This man is not from God,
because he does not keep the sabbath.”
But others said,
“How can a sinful man do such signs?”
And there was a division among them.
So they said to the blind man again,
“What do you have to say about him,
since he opened your eyes?”
He said, “He is a prophet.”
Now the Jews did not believe
that he had been blind and gained his sight
until they summoned the parents of the one who had gained his sight.
They asked them,
“Is this your son, who you say was born blind?
How does he now see?”
His parents answered and said,
“We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.
We do not know how he sees now,
nor do we know who opened his eyes.
Ask him, he is of age;
he can speak for himself.”
His parents said this because they were afraid
of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed
that if anyone acknowledged him as the Christ,
he would be expelled from the synagogue.
For this reason his parents said,
“He is of age; question him.”
So a second time they called the man who had been blind
and said to him, “Give God the praise!
We know that this man is a sinner.”
He replied,
“If he is a sinner, I do not know.
One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see.”
So they said to him,
“What did he do to you?
How did he open your eyes?”
He answered them,
“I told you already and you did not listen.
Why do you want to hear it again?
Do you want to become his disciples, too?”
They ridiculed him and said,
“You are that man’s disciple;
we are disciples of Moses!
We know that God spoke to Moses,
but we do not know where this one is from.”
The man answered and said to them,
“This is what is so amazing,
that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes.
We know that God does not listen to sinners,
but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him.
It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind.
If this man were not from God,
he would not be able to do anything.”
They answered and said to him,
“You were born totally in sin,
and are you trying to teach us?”
Then they threw him out.
When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,
he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
He answered and said,
“Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”
Jesus said to him,
“You have seen him,
the one speaking with you is he.”
He said,
“I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.
Then Jesus said,
“I came into this world for judgment,
so that those who do not see might see,
and those who do see might become blind.”
Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this
and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?”
Jesus said to them,
“If you were blind, you would have no sin;
but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.

or

Jn 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
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” — which means Sent —.
So he went and washed, and came back able to see.
His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said,
“Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?”
Some said, “It is, “
but others said, “No, he just looks like him.”
He said, “I am.”
They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.
Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.
So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.
He said to them,
“He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”
So some of the Pharisees said,
“This man is not from God,
because he does not keep the sabbath.”
But others said,
“How can a sinful man do such signs?”
And there was a division among them.
So they said to the blind man again,
“What do you have to say about him,
since he opened your eyes?”
He said, “He is a prophet.”
They answered and said to him,
“You were born totally in sin,
and are you trying to teach us?”
Then they threw him out.
When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,
he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
He answered and said,
“Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”
Jesus said to him,
“You have seen him, and
the one speaking with you is he.”
He said,
“I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.

SECOND PART - REFLECTIONS

Brothers & Sisters In Christ,

Today is the first time in our church that we can no longer celebrate Mass together. Being your Pastor, I feel a great loss in not having the opportunity to offer you the Precious Blood & Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ. As I am called through the Ministry of Priesthood and in unity with our Bishop, I will continue to offer my Masses in private for all of you. Being able to reach out to all of you through this email enables me to maintain a certain degree of connection. My faith tells me that we are still united in this time of need because Christ is always with us.

In addition to this celebration, I would like to suggest that you follow this link http://massonline. org to view a live streaming Mass. This guide that I'm putting together is not a replacement of our actual Masses but a way to nourish us spiritually in Christ.

In our Readings today let me offer you important points to ponder as you spend your weekend making it a Holy Day dedicated to our Lord.

First Reading - I find it interesting today how God chooses David. The “how” is revealed to us as a guiding principle of making judgments. “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him, for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” I always trust in God’s judgement and still cultivating more on it. I marvel at God’s trust in me when he uses me to work for his mission. God trusted David even though he had his moral flaws, David was generally well disposed to doing God’s will and being faithful to God (CCC436, 695, 2579, CSDC378).

Second Reading - True humility is very difficult to find nowadays. This reading reminds us that even in evil deeds we can still be tempted to take pride of our sins. This urging from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians challenges to a radical conversion. A genuine repentance calls to action. Not only to be ashamed of sins but “even to speak of things that they do in secret.”

Gospel Reading - Our Church’s teaching is very clear on this. “Christ rejected the notion that the man’s blindness was necessarily caused by his own sin or the sin of his own parents. That sickness and misfortune were the direct result of sin was a common misconception. Although all sickness and death is ultimately rooted in our fallen nature caused by Original Sin and at times actual sins, physical ailments and all kinds of suffering permitted by God as a means of purification and as an opportunity for close union with Christ and His Cross. In this particular case, the misfortune of this man’s blindness became an opportunity for Christ to reveal the Glory of God. (CCC1500-1502)

Going back to the First Reading, the judgement of God is indeed incomprehensible. Pondering deeply on the wisdom of God leads us to the following realizations:

  • 1) It is a folly to rely solely on my own judgement. Do I pray every time I make an important decision? How often do I pray to ask God what is best for me?
  • 2) Do I still feel shame every time I manage to hide my mistakes before the eyes of others? Can I genuinely say “I am sorry” for those mistakes?
  • 3) How do I glorify God in my good deeds? Do I claim everything on my own merit?
  • 4) Do I have the courage to give testimony to others in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ?

A more practical question that I would like you to reflect on: What do you think is the message of God and why he permits this pandemic in our lifetime?

I am hoping that as we miss each other in the church, we can make this an opportunity to increase our longing for Christ and his church.

Fraternal yours In Christ,

Fr. Roy Margallo
Pastor, SJC

Note: All Mass Intentions during this time can be found on St. John’s website.


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