Vol: 43, No.18 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) February 28 2016  
My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues my feet from the snare. Turn to me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor. (Ps 24:15-16)

God is always true to His Name “I am who I am.” He listens to the cry of the oppressed and comes to their rescue no matter whatever it takes; but He will not tolerate the rebellion in human beings that goes against His plans and designs. The Israelites who rebelled against God after their liberation from Egypt could not enter the Promised Land however much they desired it. Jesus using the examples of people who died at the hands of Pilate and that of the fall of the tower tells us that innocent people may lose their lives on account of man-made or natural calamities; and he uses them to teach a lesson about the need of preparedness of the people to meet the Lord. No one should persist in his/her sinful and offensive behaviour but should use the opportunities for repentance and reformation offered through the mercy of God. Am I willing to shed my sinful habits and attitudes that keep me away from God? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/......
O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(God reveals Himself to Moses in the strange sight of the burning bush. God then speaks to Moses and entrusts him with the mission of delivering the Israelites from their oppression in Egypt).
A reading from the Book of Exodus (3:1-8,13-15)
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian; and so he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here am I.” Then he said, “Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said, “I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the
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