Vol: 46, No.21 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 24 2019  
As we receive the pledge of things yet hidden in heaven and are nourished while still on earth with the Bread that comes from on high,
we humbly entreat you, O Lord, that what is being brought about in us in mystery may come to true completion. Through Christ our Lord.

1ST Reading:
Moses is the national hero who has delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, established them as an independent nation, and prepared them for entrance into Canaan. Moses does not become a leader of such magnitude by his own power. Moses is destined to die as an infant because the royal edict has demanded the execution of all male children born to Hebrew women. But hidden among the reeds near the river’s bank, Moses is discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter. So favourably is she disposed towards this Hebrew babe that she requests Moses’ mother to nurse him until he is old enough to be taken to the royal court. After it has been discovered that Moses has killed the Egyptian worker his life is again in peril if he does not flee to the land of Midian. In Midian Moses receives protection, is able to marry and carry on with his life. But Moses’ mission is not to be a simple shepherd. God has his own plans for Moses and that is the reason why God appears to him in the burning bush and commissions him to deliver his people from the Egyptian bondage.
2ND Reading:
Using OT examples, Paul warns the Corinthians that even those called by God can be condemned for infidelity. Paul establishes a parallel between the situation of the Israelites in the desert and the Corinthians. The people of Israel have experienced the clear guiding hand of God and witnessed their miraculous deliverance through the sea. As the people of Israel have experienced
the great deliverance, the Christians enter into the experience of Christ as the deliverer. As the people have been nourished in the wilderness with supernatural food, the Corinthians are nourished through the Eucharist. The Corinthians should not show overconfidence because most of the Israelites would die in the desert on account of their rebellion against God. Corinthians should learn the lesson and do not face the fate of the Israelites in the desert.
The news about the Galileans murdered by Pilate prompts Jesus to spell out the fact that death by murder or by accident is not willed by God. God does not pick and choose offenders and eliminates them. People who commit heinous crimes such as deliberate murder, fraud, calumny, etc., have the chance at reformation. Many countries of the world, mostly Christian, have abolished the practice of awarding capital punishment. If God does not wish the death of the sinner then human beings should show the same attitude. In this context the parable of the fig tree comes to focus. The dialogue between the owner and the gardener allows expression of the owner’s indignation, leading him to call for the tree’s removal, but it also allows for a temporary check of this plan at the gardener’s plea. There is still a chance for the people to repent and produce fruit. The gardener has not given up the hope and is willing to work hard to help the tree produce. There is still a chance to avoid catastrophe. We must take it.
– AK
March 2019 (3rd Week of Lent, Year I) Psalter Week 3
Isa 7:10-14; 8:10/ Ps 40:7-11/ Heb 10:4-10/ Lk 1:26-38
26 Tue (V) Dan 3:25, 34-43/ Ps 25:4-9/ Mt 18:21-35
27 Wed (V) Deut 4:1, 5-9/ Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20/ Mt 5:17-19
28 Thu (V) Jer 7:23-28/ Ps 95:1-2, 6-9/ Lk 11:14-23
29 Fri (V) Hos 14:2-10/ Ps 81:6-11, 14, 17/ Mk 12:28-34
30 Sat (V) Hos 6:1-6/ Ps 51:3-4, 18-21/ Lk 18:9-14
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