ST MARY’S PARISH Northcote …together we grow to reflect the face of Christ
Fourth Sunday of Lent 22 March 2020
Although we do not have public Mass in our parish today, I invite you to pray and reflect on the Sunday Gospel reading.
Remember that you can also follow Sunday Mass through our diocesan website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz, available from 6:00 pm each Saturday.
United with you in prayer.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Pause for a few moments and ask the Lord for pardon and peace.
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten toward the solemn celebrations to come. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Gospel for Sunday 22 March 2020
As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man, and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (a name that means ‘sent’). So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.
His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, he only looks like him.’ The man himself said, ‘I am the man.’
They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been a sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.’ Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the sabbath.’ Others said, ‘How could a sinner produce signs like this?’ And there was disagreement among them. So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ ‘He is a prophet’ replied the man.
‘Are you trying to teach us,’ they replied ‘and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!’ And they drove him away.
Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said, ‘Lord, I believe’, and worshipped him.
(Pause for reflection.)
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Look upon those who call to you, O Lord,
And sustain the weak;
Give life by your unfailing light
To those who walk in the shadow of death,
And bring those rescued by your mercy from every evil
To reach the highest good.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.