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4th Sunday of Lent
1 Samuel 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A
Psalm 23 1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
Today˅s readings begin with anointing of David by Samuel: ˈThen, Samuel,
with the horn of oil in hand, anointed David, in the presence of his broth-
ers; and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.ˉ The
psalm is the familiar Psalm 23: ˈThe Lord is my shepherdˎ.ˉ Paul reminds
us to be ˈchildren of the light,ˉ and John˅s gospel tells the story of the
man born blind who tells Jesus, ˈI do believe, Lord.ˉ
As I was beginning to reflect on these readings, we received word from
London that our dear friend, Gladys, age 97, is dying. As I write this re-
flection, waiting for further word that Gladys is in the arms of our God, I
meditate on these readings with the reali-
zation that the spirit of the Lord surely
rushed upon Gladys, and she lived as a
child of the light with a deep faith in the
Lord who was her Shepherd.
The story of Gladys is both ordinary and
extraordinary. Today, upon learning about
Gladys, our son wrote to our family, ˈWhat
a wonderful and marvelous woman -- a
true model for living life to its fullest.ˉ
Gladys˅ husband and my father were busi-
ness associates who met in Geneva over
50 years ago. I first met Gladys as a young