March 16. Boetie was in his final year before Confirmation and he told the family the task the teacher had given  “I think I need your help too,” he said. “This gospel today shows how confused some of the people were about who Jesus really was and whether he could be the Messiah.  I don’t think we aren’t waiting for a Messiah like that now, but young people, especially, seem to be confused about which church they want to belong to and why.  Why are we Catholics and is God really on our side?  I’m supposed to do a project to answer those questions.”   

Reflect, share. Scripture: Read the relevant scripture passages.   At that time when they heard the words of Jesus some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?” John 7:40-41. Pope Francis:  The Church esteems the ways in which God works in other religions and rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. Others drink from other sources. For us the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  From it there arises for Christian thought and for the action of the Church the primacy given to relationship, to the encounter with the sacred mystery of the other, to universal communion with the entire human family, as a vocation of all.  FT 277.  Through the Church, marriage and the family receive the grace of the Holy Spirit from Christ in order to bear witness to the Gospel of God’s love. AL71. LSAP 5.   Ecological education.    Pray a Lenten prayer.  God of Love, creator of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are a family, a community of love, a model and inspiration for us, the human family.  Choose appropriate action.