Week 4
March 4 - 10

This Gospel reading includes a powerful reminder that Jesus is the light of the world.

Jesus came to save you! He also came to save girls like Grace Mongwird, whom we see on this page. Grace is 6 years old and lives in Malawi. Local Catholic leaders recently built a well in Grace’s village. She is smiling because the water in her cup is clean.

Before the well was drilled, life was very different for Grace. She used to carry a heavy bucket on her head for many miles. She used to wake up at 4 a.m. to go to the river with her mother. Now, Grace is able to sleep in!

The Catholic Church has built many wells in Malawi and Zambia. But many more villages still need clean water. Many more children wait for a special gift from God.

Grace’s Prayer Requests

Life changes forever when the Catholic Church builds a new well. First, children like Grace feel healthier. She no longer gets stomachaches because the water she drinks is clean. Second, children do better in school. Grace is never late to school, and she listens to her teacher.

Will you please pray for Grace? Let’s ask God to protect Grace and help her have a bright future.

Gospel Reading From the Fourth Sunday of Lent

John 3:14-21 (NRSVCE)

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.

Take Action: Spot Differences

These photos show drinking water before and after a well is installed in a poor community. What differences do you notice in the water?

Family Discussion

1. What does it mean to have eternal life in Christ?

2. What are some things that we can do to share Christ’s love with our family and with the whole world?

3. In Zambia and Malawi, girls help their mothers with the chore of collecting water for their family. How would your life be different if you had to fetch water every day?

Prayer for Those Who Go Without Clean Water

Lord, be with families who must spend hours each day searching for water. Help us to never take the blessing of clean water for granted. May we always be willing to share Christ’s light with others. Open our hearts to people who are spiritually thirsty, too, and give us the courage to invite everyone to “come and drink” from wells of salvation. We pray these things through your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.