A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 17 March

fifth sunday of lent

Psalm 126, Isaiah 43:16-21, Phil 3:8-14
John 8:1-11

Filled with joy

At the centre of this psalm is the phrase “we are filled with joy”. The words that come before it are a backward glance. The words that come after it are a forward look. Joy has both a memory and a hope. For the children of Israel the stories of God’s deliverance and provision in the past gave them joy. As they looked forward in anticipation of God’s continued guidance, they gave thanks. What memories enable you to look back with joy today? What blessings from God do you pray for and anticipate as you look forward?

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