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Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B

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Lectionary: 32
Read the Gospel: John 3:14-21

Gospel Summary
God's love is clearly demonstrated in this gospel reading. Some people of Jesus' time had shallow faith and would believe only if they saw signs of God's power. Jesus helped his listeners recall an event in which God instructed Moses to lift up a bronze serpent. Anyone who looked at the snake would be cured of poisonous snakebites. In the gesture of Òlifting upÓ Jesus projected his own glory. God loved the world so much that he sent his own son. He did this to make clear to us how very much God loves us and wants to provide salvation for all of us who have failed.

Reflection for Families
It is not hard for parents to understand how much God loves his people. No matter how many times we have to discipline, guide, and correct our children, our love never diminishes. We know that our efforts and energy are shaping them into the best people they can be. We only need to show them the light of God's way and walk with them in that light.

Bringing the Gospel Into Your Family
Think of someone your family knows who might be experiencing a time of darkness - a time when it might be hard for them to understand that God really loves them. Think together of a way your family can reach out to that person by sending a card, making a phone call, or sharing friendship with them.

Discussion Starters
1. I remember facing a dark time in my life. The person who was there to show me the light was...
2. There was no doubt in my mind of God's love for me when...
3. I was light for someone in darkness once when I...

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