4th Sunday of Lent

March 14, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

2 CHR 36:14-16, 19-23 PS 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 EPH 2:4-10

Explore the Sunday Gospel



JN 3:14-21

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

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,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

See the Appendix for the Scrutiny readings.


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Bl. Victor Emilio Moscoso-Cárdenas (Feast Day May 4)

April 21, 1846 – May 4, 1897

Victor Emilio Moscoso-Cárdenas was born in Cuenca in Ecuador on April 21, 1846. He studied law in college but felt drawn to the religious life, so he abandoned his studies in order to join the Jesuits in 1864. He began his novitiate in Cuenca where the Jesuits had settled since the order was forced to leave Quito due to the anti-religious sentiment and persecution at the time. Moscoso studied in the San Luis college where he did his philosophical studies.

Moscoso first began his duties as a priest and as a teacher. He was known for his kind and generous personality and a serene, simple, and humble character. In 1895 the Liberal Revolution broke out in Ecuador, which triggered a series of persecutions and a wave of anti-religious sentiment against religious orders and priests. On May 4, 1897, the soldiers who were authorized to take priests as prisoners, barged into the church, killed several people, and broke the tabernacle. The men proceeded to throw the hosts to the ground and drink the wine mocking the sacraments. They found Moscoso in a room kneeling. There, he was shot and killed. On February 5, 2019, Pope Francis -- himself a Jesuit – approved his beatification and declared that he had been killed “in odium fidei” (in hatred of the faith).


Take time to chat

  • Why was it necessary for God to send his Son into the world to die for our sins?
  • What does Jesus mean when he says that whoever believes in him will not be condemned?
  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus refers to himself as “light” and says that some prefer darkness to light. Why would someone prefer darkness (to do evil works) rather than follow Jesus?
  • Where do you see darkness and light in the story of Bl. Victor Emilio Moscoso-Cárdenas?


Recipe of the week

Potato Garlic Soup with Rosemary Butter

We can take comfort in knowing that God sent his Son to save us. Enjoy this comfort food today!

4-5 cups chicken broth or bone broth for extra protein

6 whole garlic cloves, peeled

4-5 large russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and chunked

1 cup whole milk  

salt to taste  

1/8 tsp. white pepper

1 Tbsp. finely chopped rosemary

¼ cup Butter

Place broth, garlic cloves and potatoes in pot. Bring to a boil and lower to simmer until potatoes are tender. Carefully blend ingredients with immersion blender or slightly cool to puree in batches in blender until smooth. Add milk and salt and pepper to taste. Prepare garnish by adding rosemary to butter.

Garnish with generous dollop of chopped fresh rosemary butter.


Family Fun

Flashlight Tag

To remember that Jesus is the light shining in the darkness, play a game of flashlight tag tonight. When it starts to get dark, select one person to be "it." The person who is “it” gets a flashlight and counts to 50 with their eyes closed. While he or she is counting, everyone else hides. When the person is finished counting, he or she has to find the others by shining the flashlight on them. The next person who becomes “it” is either the first or the last person found.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

St. Joseph Prayer

The Feast of St. Joseph is on March 19th. This week call on his protection and intercession.

A Prayer to St. Joseph for Protection

St. Joseph, whose protection is so great,
so strong, so prompt before the throne of God,
I place in you all my interests and desires.

St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession
and obtain for me from your divine son
all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our Lord;
so that having engaged here below your heavenly power,
I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms.
I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart.
Press him in my name and kiss his fine head for me,
and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for us.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

During Lent, those preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil participate in three rites called the Scrutinies, which happen on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent. The Scrutinies and the readings for these Masses offer a special chance for personal reflection and self-examination for those preparing for baptism. The scrutiny readings are located in the Appendix.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Make a John 3:16 sign and place it in a prominent place in your home. Invite each family member to memorize John 3:16: "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."

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Fun Facts!

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Christians started holding “John 3:16” signs at sports stadiums beginning in the late 1970s as a way to spread the Gospel. The phrase explains the God’s saving work in a nutshell.