St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

P.O. Box 1748, 1927 RR 1431,

Kingsland TX 78643

Office: 325-388-3742

Lee Hall: 325-388-0397

Reverend Father Uche Evaristus Obikwelu

Mission: Our Lady of the Lake

120 RR 2233,

Sunrise Beach TX 78643,

4 miles off TX Hwy 71

Fourth Sunday of Lent/Laetare Dominica- Rejoice Sunday – 2018

Could you believe that this year’s Lenten Season has
entered the Fourth Week? I am not really amazed at the
flight of time, I’ve rather been left with the question: how
have I remained faithful to those promises that I
made when I began this year’s Lenten Season on that
faithful day when ashes were imposed on my forehead? As
I wrestle to address this question, I hope that the same also
beckons your attention? The reason for the Forty Days and
Forty Nights of prayers, fasting and almsgiving, brethren, is
not for us to just move from one Liturgical Season to
another; rather it is to dispose ourselves to the needs of
Lent, which I will suggest is to choose at least one sin
(weakness) that is plaguing us, and in the spirit of
(metanoia, Greek) – change our heart, and lift that
weakness up to Jesus, who is our model for these Forty
Days of Lent. Therefore, with one virtue down, we can go to
the next, with hope, trust and unflinching focus on our Lord,
so that with one step at a time we shall conquer the
remaining vices that torment our spiritual lives daily. Many
things seem to interfere with our daily struggle to conform to
our Lenten observance, don’t they?
My brothers and sisters, the above shared scenarios are
indeed an uphill battle, nevertheless, these actions are what
Lent entails. So, if we strive hard and remain faithful to
these Lenten demands, then, on this Fourth Sunday, which
is called Laetare Dominica, in Latin, meaning ‘Rejoice
Sunday’, Holy Mother Church invites us to pause and take
a little break from our intense penitential mood. The
reason for this pause is to remind us that the essence of
Lent is all about the Easter Resurrection – Christ has
conquered death! So, with joyful anticipation, we are invited
to look forward with a sincere gratitude to that time when
we shall return to Gloria and Alleluia with shouts of exultant
songs! All this points to a glimpse of hope. This hope and
joy is exemplified in this Sunday’s liturgical color – rose –
totally different than the regular Lenten penitential violet
This Rejoice Sunday depicts God’s abundant grace upon
his chosen people – the Israelites. On the same token, by
our baptism we too have become sons and daughters of
God. In the light of the First reading and the Gospel of this
Sunday, the reason for this Rejoice Sunday can be found in
the Book of Chronicles, which tells us, “In the first year of
Cyrus, king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord
spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord inspired King Cyrus of
Persia to issue this proclamation throughout his
kingdom, both by word of mouth and in writing: ‘Thus says
Cyrus, king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the
Lord, the God of heaven, has given to me, and he has also
charged me to build him a house in Jerusalem, which is in
Judah. Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part
of his people, let him go up, and may his God be with
him!’”. The Gospel of John tells us that, “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.” What beautiful expectations, brethren, to
rejoice on this Laetare Dominica!
In Christ,
Father Uche Obikwelu

Mar 11, 2018 Category: Pastors Posted by: cmscharles