Sunday, March 14, 2021
The readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent for Year B focus on God’s faithfulness in drawing us closer to him. The first reading (2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23) tells how God inspired Cyrus to allow the chosen people to worship once again in Jerusalem. The psalm (Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6) is ” Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!” The second reading (Ephesians 2:4-10) is a reminder of God’s amazing love and mercy for us who are sinners. And in the gospel (John 3:14-21) tells of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, where Jesus explains that he was sent to us out of the boundless love of God.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,John 3:16 – 17
but that the world might be saved through him.
Discussions for these readings could include topics such as God’s love for us, light and darkness, and our longing for God. Here are some ideas: