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Our Lady of Victory / St. Malachy
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Our Lady of Victory
490 Charles Street
Gatineau, Québec
J8L 2K5

Mass:     Sunday   9:00 AM
            Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Malachy
3889 Route 315
Mayo, Québec
J8L 3Z8

Mass: Saturday 7:00 PM





Fr. Albanus’ Reflections on the Sunday Liturgy

The fourth Sunday of Lent is known as “Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday,” expressing the Church's joy in anticipation of the Resurrection of our Lord. Today’s readings remind us that it is God who gives us proper vision in body as well as in soul and instruct us that we should be constantly on our guard against spiritual blindness. In the first reading, we are presented with the story of choice of a successor to King Saul. The Prophet Samuel is sent to Jesse of Bethlehem to anoint one of his eight sons as the future king. Impressed by the eldest son and his built, the prophet had no doubt about him being the choice - but no. After presenting seven of his sons Jesse has no idea that his youngest son David, in the hill tending the flock, might be the suitable one. The seven brothers are strong, handsome, capable, intelligent and yet none of them is God’s choice.

We too may be astonished at the way God does certain things. But why does He behave that way? The reason is clear: whenever God has to choose someone for a great mission He seems to take pleasure at upsetting all the logical rules of common sense.

God in setting the course for human salvation chose the Israelites, the small and weak, instead of the more powerful and highly religious Egyptians and scientifically advanced Babylonians (Deut.7:7-8). He also chose Gideon from the weak clan of Manasseh (Jdg 6:5). So here, in this story, the Lord sees in David something more than meets the eye. The young shepherd boy, David, is God’s eccentric choice for the future king. Jesus does the same: He chooses the small ones, the sinners, the poor, the shepherds and the ones who are despised and gives them the first places at the banquet of the kingdom. Why God does not look at things and people through human eyes; man looks at appearances, the Lord looks at the heart. If we listen to the voice of the Lord and accept it in faith, then we learn to look at the world and humankind through the eyes of God.

In the Gospel we also see another example of God’s choice, one that amazes the religious leaders of the day. A beggar becomes a ‘teacher’ for them on the person of Jesus. The evangelist carefully tells us how a blind beggar comes to see the light in Jesus, both physically and spiritually. Despite their doubts, the man who has become new, thanks to his encounter with Jesus, becomes the one that displays the work of God and points to who Jesus really is. They drive him away but Jesus seeks him out and reveals Himself to him. The man, though rejected, is the only person in the community to see Jesus as the Son of God.

Brothers and sisters, both the story of David and the story of the blind man speak of God’s choices. God sees the heart and so chooses differently from the way that we do. God does not choose based on appearances. He sees the real - despite our appearances, God has chosen us to display his works. By virtue of our baptism, we have been chosen to point to Jesus by the witness of our lives as Christians. To many people, including ourselves, we may seem an unlikely choice. Our greatness lies in the fact that we have been chosen, not in ourselves alone. We are still a work in God’s hands. We are not a “finished product” yet. Allowing God to work in us, we can keep alive the story of God’s eccentric choices! Happy Sunday!


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