HOMILY FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR B
2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23
THEME: WE ARE GOD’S WORK OF ART
Dearly beloved, today we gather to celebrate the fourth Sunday of Lent. Today, we are charged to rejoice in the Lord because no matter the situation of our lives, God still calls us and draws us to himself. Also we are to rejoice for we have reached the mid point of Lent and are very close to the joy of Easter.
Today is therefore called Laetare Sunday (Rejoice Sunday) because in spite of our sins God came to the world to redeem us. He did not remain passive in the face of our sins and failures.
In the first reading, we are told that human beings find it difficult to remain faithful but God always comes in to save a remnant. We are a sinful people called to grow in faithfulness and holiness.
Beloved, unfaithfulness brought Israel to exile but God did not abandon them. He gave them a second chance, something He gives us also in the death and resurrection of His Son.
When we accept God’s invitation to become His sons and daughters, we come to a position where He can mould us to reflect his glory. We become his handiwork, created to lead the life of good deeds (Eph 2:10) that manifest His boundless love. Therefore we have none but ourselves to blame if we fail to obey God.
Finally, in the gospel, just as the bronze serpent on the tree saved the Israelites, so will his death and resurrection be for those who believe in Him.
Beloved, today, we have a reason to rejoice because all is not lost yet, we have a second chance with God and we need to grab and make the best of it.