Today is also Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday in the season of Lent. Traditionally, this Sunday has been a day of celebration, within the austere period of Lent. This Sunday gets its name from the first few words of the traditional Latin entrance for the Mass of the day. “Laetare Jerusalem” (“Rejoice, O Jerusalem”) is Latin from Isaiah 66:10.
Fr Hugh’s Homily for 4th Sunday in Lent
What Jesus saw in the man born blind was his heart. Remember that line from the first reading: ‘Man looks at appearances but God looks at the heart.’ Jesus knew that the man had heart enough, was honest enough, and tough enough to accept the truth, and importantly to stand up for it. So when he is cured his neighbours doubt it, the authorities attack him, his parents don’t back him up, he is on his own….