Cycle C Mass without RCIA Cycle C is what we have been using this year.
Usually one Mass this Sunday will be for Cycle A with the RCIA those to be Baptized at Easter
Cycle A Mass with RCIA
Cycle C Mass without RCIA continues below
Cycle C Reflection continues below
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Latare Latin for
The liturgical color for this day
can be rose or continue with the Lenten violet
My reflection below is on the readings used at Mass without the RCIA Scrutinies or Cycle C
In the first reading we see that, after being freed from the slavery in Egypt, and after wondering for forty years in the desert God has brought his people to the land He had promised to give them.
God has provided food, manna and quail so that each person had just enough. Now Joshua, the successor of Moses, told them that this would stop now that they were about to enter the Promised Land.
They were to be given a land flowing with milk and honey.
Yet our God never gave up on the people, and God will never give up on us, no matter how many times we fail. He wants to bring each of us to the promised land, to eternal life.
As we listen to the Gospel of Luke about the prodigal son, it is important for each of us to see ourselves are, at times, like that prodigal son.
In the second reading, the converted Jews, (57 A.D) are being reminded by Paul that they have been called by God and through their baptism; they now have a way to turn from sin and live the Gospel.
We can be made new because of all that Christ has gone through for each of us. Now is a great time to use the sacrament of Penance, so we can experience absolution and know that we are forgiven.
Listen to my Homily from 2012