Fourth Sunday of Lent: Laetare

“Rejoice, for the Kingdom of God is near. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that none of those who believe in Him should perish but have eternal life. Because God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him will not be judged; he who does not believe is already judged, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. The judgment consists in this: that light has come into the world, and men preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who works perversely hates the light and does not come near the light, so as not to be accused of his works. Instead, the one who does the truth approaches the light, so that it can be seen that his works are done according to God ”.

This Sunday is for Joy, and its readings make the heart happy. The Lord is already close to those who love him. However, the wrath and mercy of the Lord are manifested in the deportation and liberation of the people. This Sunday we continue to see a rereading of the History of Salvation and an announcement of the passion of Christ.

The First Reading summarizes in a very tight synthesis the events that marked the exile of the Jews to Babylon, during the sixth century BC. This was for the Jews like drinking the chalice of death.

The Second Reading according to Saint Paul to the Ephesians is a precious letter. He insists that they should feel joyful, because God is rich in mercy.