Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church, Harwich, Essex

Fourth (Laetare) Sunday 25/26 March 2017

Fellow Parishioners


The Daily Missal for this Sunday in Lent shows a quote from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI: These Sundays in Lent, the liturgy takes us on a true and proper baptismal route through the texts of John’s Gospel: last Sunday, Jesus promised the gift of “living water” to the Samaritan woman: today, by healing the man born blind, he reveals himself as “the light of the world”, next Sunday, raising his friend Lazarus, he will present himself as “the resurrection and the life”. Water, light and life are symbols of Baptism, the Sacrament that “immerses” believers in the mystery of the death and Resurrection of Christ, liberating them from sin and giving them eternal life.

This Sunday’s readings show us that God sees things differently to our human eyes. He sees much more because He sees right into the soul of everyone He created.

When Jesus found the man He had cured of blindness He asked him “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” the man replied, “Tell me who he is so that I may believe in him” when Jesus responded, “You are looking at Him; he is speaking to you” The man replied “Lord, I believe”.

When we hear the Lord calling to us, do we respond in faith or do we mishear the voice and not understand that God is speaking to each of us? The Lord calls us to go beyond ourselves and strive to achieve His dream for us. Who do we know that heard His voice and achieved great things through God’s mercy? Each of you will know someone who is and has been an inspiration in our lives. We need to keep inspiring others in the truth of the good news, so that everyone will know we are Christians by our love of each other and the wider community. Pope Francis is known for his smile when he meets everyone – let us all be the smile and light of Christ to all those we meet in the week ahead.


Sheila Wright


Thought for the week: “A relationship is like a house. When a light bulb burns out, you do not go and buy a new house, you fix the light bulb.”                     www.marriagecare.org.uk