Love in its most radical form: Watch the Fourth Sunday of Lent video

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Nicodemus, the Pharisee, goes to see Jesus in secret. And in their conversation, Jesus explains to him that the Son of Man must be lifted up. The Crucifixion, Pope Benedict XVI teaches, “is the culmination of that turning of God against himself in which he gives himself in order to raise man up and save him. This is love in its most radical form.” Jesus gives his life on the cross so that we can understand that we were made and redeemed by a God who radically loves us. It’s a complete giving of himself. It’s the Christian way of love. And that’s why we rejoice today. We celebrate this Sunday because we have seen the sign of love: the glory of the Crucified One, the cross, the wood of our salvation.


Heavenly Father, banish from my heart every sorrow and sadness. Give me a renewed spirit of joy. Allow my heart to rejoice this day, for I, who was once lost, have been found. Amen.


Host a Laetare Sunday dinner. Arrange your dinner table with festive decorations, using rose, the liturgical color of the day, as an accent.

This meditation first appeared in My Daily Visitor: Lent 2024. Discover Christ’s peace this Lent with free daily reflections sent to your inbox. Sign up here. Purchase the companion devotional at the OSV Catholic bookstore.

Father Patrick Briscoe

Father Patrick Briscoe, OP, is a Dominican friar and the editor of Our Sunday Visitor. Along with his Dominican brothers, he is host of the podcast Godsplaining and a co-author of "Saint Dominic’s Way of Life: A Path to Knowing and Loving God." He is also the author of the OSV seasonal devotional, "My Daily Visitor."