Shadows and Sunshine

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 03/12/2015

in Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent–Cycle B
March 15, 2015

“But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done by God.”
(John 3:21)

Shadows and Sunshine

Sunlight creates shadows.

Lent is a time of soul searching and
stumbling in the shadows.
Our lives are lived in a boxing ring,
ducking and dodging our darkness,
Unable to face the shadows until the Son,
Who is the Light, falls gently upon the soul
like morning dew.

The Son is the Light.
The Son conquered darkness as he hung upon the cross.
We can leave the “boxing ring of Lent” no longer jabbing,
but letting go of our shadow side; we can
allow it to fade into the brilliant light
won for us on Calvary.

No wonder we rejoice! Latare!

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why do we shy away from pondering our shadow side?
  2. What might we find if we invited this shadow side to reveal itself to us?
  3. What might happen if the Holy Spirit sends light into this darkness?
  4. Latare Sunday is the mid-point of Lent. How are you doing with resolutions you made?
  5. Like the people, who rejected Jesus depicted in John’s account, what might their reasons?
  6. What might you and your family do to truly rejoice this Sunday?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly Schlereth March 12, 2015 at 11:18 am

Sr. Julie Marie—Another great “Prayer Poem!” Very insightful and thought provoking. Thank you for challenging us to be more reflective along our journey.


christina March 19, 2015 at 9:11 am


God uses you in SUCH a wonderful way in my life! I wish I could share all that is happening in our family, but it’s too involved for a comment. Know, dear Sister, that you are bringing a much needed ray of sunshine, and putting things in perspective!


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald March 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Praise God, my dear Christina, for it is He who is working through his words as a comfort to you. Happy Easter to the whole family. You are prayed for each night. Jm


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