As we prepare for the final Sunday in Unit 3 of the Gospel Weeklies, we note that it’s also Laetare Sunday. Much like Gaudete Sunday in Advent, Laetare Sunday is a day for joy, a day to recognize the midway point in our Lenten journey. Flowers may be used at the altar on this Sunday, and the priest may wear rose (or violet) vestments. It’s a day to rejoice that God sent Jesus into the world as light and truth to save us from the darkness of sin and evil.
In parishes where there are adults or young people preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil, the Sunday Gospel may be from the Year A readings instead of the one covered in the Weeklies (Year B). The Year A Gospel is about Jesus healing the man born blind. The theme of Jesus as the light certainly ties in with this Gospel as well. If you are using the Gospel Weeklies with children preparing for Baptism at Easter, find resources here.
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