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Vol: 46, No.21 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 24 2019  
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)
People who lose lives on account of various causes such as natural calamities, terrorist attacks, accidents, and those fighting for social causes are all innocent people. They do not need to die. Life can be snatched away at any moment of time, it is enough to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. The Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices and the people on whom the tower of Siloam fell were innocent people who did not deserve to die. So if life can be lost for petty reasons and such incidents happen in front of our eyes, then why are we not prepared to face the life-after? God in his immense goodness allows us time to repent and turn to the Lord. If opportunities are not used, we ourselves are to be blamed. Why does the reality of death not bother us? Do we think of it as something for the future? (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 appears to Moses in the burning bush. The appearance is in view of appointing Moses as leader and to entrust to him the task of delivering the Israelites from slavery 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 Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey.”
Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘the God of your fathers has sent me to you,’
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