410 NH Route 4A - PO Box 420 

Enfield, NH 03748

Fr. John P. Sullivan, M.S., Director

Office hours, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Tel: 603.632.7087 Fax: 603.632.7648

La Salette of Enfield

Center for Reconciliation

410 NH Route 4A - PO Box 420 Enfield, NH 03748 

Tel: 603.632.7087 

Fax: 603.632.7648 

Office hours, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Director Fr. John P. Sullivan, M.S.

Open by appointment

Reflections from the Shrine ...


                                                     God  Loves  a  Cheerful  Giver

      Today is called " Laetare Sunday" from the Latin word "rejoice". It is taken from the opening lines of the Entrance Antiphon: "Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied  at her consoling breast."

      The priest is able to wear rose colored vestments. Flowers could also be  placed on the altar even though it is still the season of Lent. Why such joy? It is because we are more than half way through our pilgrimage up to Jerusalem, to Jesus' crucifixion and death, but also His  Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

      Like the Samaritan woman in last Sunday's Gospel  who was transfigured by her relationship to Jesus, the blind man in today's Gospel  is changed from being a beggar by the side of the road to an eager disciple of Jesus Himself.

      "While I am in the world, I am  the light of the world." When he had said this, he spat on the ground  and made clay with the saliva, and  smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, "Go wash in the Pool of Siloam." Like in Genesis, Jesus takes clay from the earth to fashion something new. One who was a poor beggar is now a vibrant  witness of Christ.

      In the beautiful psalm 23 that we read today that is so familiar to us, the psalmist writes: "He guides me in right paths for his  namesake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and staff that give me courage."

      Today as we celebrate "Rejoice  Sunday," perhaps we too are walking in the dark valley of our  own fears and doubts. Perhaps locally there are problems at home be it finances or relationships with other family members.  And globally we ask ourselves where is the world going  with so much division and acts of violence  like in London recently?

      That is where the man in the Gospel who was healed not just physically but also spiritually can be a teacher or model  for us. Through Jesus  reaching out to him, he became such a joyful spokesperson  of the healing powers of God.  As he says of Jesus  to the Jewish people:  "If this man were not from God, he would  not be able to  do anything."

      We have all heard the expression, "God loves a cheerful giver." This man who now sees is such a good example. We cannot let our fears hinder us from expressing the joy of being  one of Jesus' Disciple. Do  not let people put down your faith in God and your love  and confidence in others and  yourself. "For you are at my  side with your rod and your staff that give me courage……" so very much courage.

      You are reminded of our Scripture reflection this  coming Tuesday in the cafeteria from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Holy Week is  also rapidly approaching. The Vigil Mass Holy Saturday will start at 8:00 PM rather than 6:30 PM.   

                                                                                          Father John Sullivan M.S.