This weekend finishes the famous Gospel of John readings of the Cycle A that come around every three years. On the Third Sunday of Lent, we heard of the Samaritan woman at the well with Jesus declaring Himself Living Water. Last week, we read of the man born blind who was healed by Jesus. This Sunday, we reach the pinnacle with Jesus raising Lazarus, His dear friend, from the dead. This is truly a foretaste of what will happen in a week with the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Himself.
Each of these Gospels is chosen to assist the Catechumen (those who are unbaptized) and the Candidates who are preparing to enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. The Church offers them Jesus who is their Living Water in Baptism, who clears the darkness out of their life and who, ultimately gives them eternal life in Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. We, as their companions on this Lenten Journey, are supposed to “overhear” these Gospels as well to be brought to a deeper conversion and re-commitment to our faith. How many of us would have the courage, the strength and the determination to study, week after week, the Sacraments and teachings of the church and to stand up in front of the congregation to profess our faith?! These are truly inspirational and courageous people. Congratulate them when you see them and affirm how their faith inspires us.