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March 20, 2022 - The Third Sunday of Lent

“The Lord is kind and merciful.”

Psalm 103:8a


Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15

Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12

Luke 13:1-9


by Sister Maureen Niedermeyer, OSB

We must admit that we have very little understanding of the nature of God. Today’s readings reconfirm this. Each reading in its own way reminds us that God and the ways of God are truly mysterious.

In the first reading we hear of the burning bush which certainly caught Moses’ attention. God reveals his name: “I am who am.” This is a God who reveals and conceals at the same time. When have you had an experience of God that you didn’t understand, but that led you to a deeper degree of God’s presence with you?

As St. Paul says to the Corinthians: “Whoever thinks he is standing, should take care not to fall.” The most secure among us may be the most vulnerable. Though sustained by God, their ancestors sinned. Paul asks us to be faithful and not to presume that being a part of a community of believers will automatically save us. We must live holy lives and rely on Christ’s power to save us. In what areas of your life, are your faith and trust in God most challenged? How do you respond?

The parable of the fig tree reminds us that we too have not shown persistent growth as we have been called to. Yet, God gives us more time to be fruitful. How do you respond to the daily call to grow in charity? The amount of time that we have to live is a mystery, so each day is precious. We can take nothing with us at our death but what we have packed into our hearts.

From the Rule of St. Benedict

“If we want to reach eternal life, even as we avoid the torments of hell, then-- while there is still time, while we are in this body and have time to accomplish all these things by the light of life – we must run and do now what will profit us forever.” Prologue 42-44

Gospel Acclamation

“Repent, says the Lord; the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17


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