4th Sunday of Lent (B)
NOTE: In places where the Second Scrutiny is celebrated to prepare catechumens for baptism this Easter, the readings will be taken from Year A.
The fourth Sunday of Lent is called Laetare Sunday, from the Latin word for “rejoice.” It comes from the entrance antiphon for today’s Mass, a verse from Isaiah 66 which begins, “Rejoice, Jerusalem…!” It is a reminder to a people in the midst of suffering that better things are to come. So it is a reminder to us in the middle of the penitential season of Lent that our penance has a joyful purpose. Though we may suffer in this life, our final end is eternal happiness, resting in the peace of God. It is this final end I want to focus on this week, drawing from a reference in the first reading about “retrieving the lost sabbath.”