Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“The joy of the Lord must be your strength.”  The fourth week of Lent is marked by the importance of joy in the lives of the faithful.  Today’s Gospel bears witness to Jesus’ unique ability to transform sorrow into joy.  He does this by healing – not just the physically ill, but those who are afflicted in spirit.  Joy returns to the heart when wholeness is restored.  Most of us suffer brokenness that goes much deeper than what can be seen on the surface of our lives.  It is a hidden brokenness, and we are unsure to whom we ought to expose it.  If by exposing it we can receive healing, we can have the courage to do so.  If we lose hope in the possibility of being healed, we carry around that brokenness as bitterness. read more