Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent.

God loved the world so much.

The fourth Sunday of Lent gives us one of the most important lines in the Gospel: John 3:16, “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.”

This week we are invited to reflect on how much God loves us, his people and ourselves individually. By reflecting on this love we can become more attuned to his voice as he speaks of that love even in surprising ways, like Cyrus in the first reading.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.


The Lord, the God of their ancestors tirelessly sent them messenger after messenger, since he wished to spare his people and his house. (2 Chronicles 36:15)

  • Who has God sent into your life as a messenger?
  • How tireless is God’s love for you?
  • Have you ever felt ‘spared’?
  • What message does the Lord have for you now?


Thus speaks Cyrus king of Persia, “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; he has ordered me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may his God be with him! Let him go up.” (2 Chronicles 36:23)

  • Has God ever used anyone surprising to communicate his love for you?
  • What place in your spiritual life does the church building play?
  • How does it feel to be part of God’s people?
  • What is God ordering you to do today?


God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4)

  • Have you ever felt dead spiritually?
  • Remember the generous love of God that you have received.
  • Remember and savour experiences of God’s love for you.
  • Listen to God speaking of his love for you now.


Because it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith, not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

  • What graces have saved you?
  • Name some of the gifts you have received, then spend some time thanking God for them.
  • Do you sometimes think that you can be saved by your own efforts?
  • In faith, sit with God as he pours out his free gifts on you.


We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.  (Ephesians 2:10)

  • How do you see yourself as God’s work of art?
  • How do you picture the good life for which you have been created?
  • Is there anything in your life that detracts from being God’s work of art?
  • Spend a moment seeing yourself as God sees you.


The Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. (John 3:14-15)

  • The serpent that Moses lifted up was to cure those who had been poisoned. How is sin poisoning your life?
  • What does believing in God mean for you?
  • What does eternal life mean for you?
  • Look upon a crucifix, see there the Lord lifted up for you.


Yes, God loved the world so much, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

  • When have you felt lost?
  • God gave his Son to you when you were lost. How have you known this?
  • What struggles do you have believing?
  • Replace your first name with ‘the world’. God loved ‘Name’ so much that he gave his only Son.

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