Sunday, March 8, 2015
Third Sunday of Lent – Year A Scrutinies
There are two different parts of Exodus that could be read for this week’s first reading. You will either hear the familiar story of the Prophet Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from the Lord or you will hear the story of the people’s thirst in the desert.
Most parishes have the Scrutinies in RCIA this year, and will read about the thirst in the desert. After witnessing the awesome power of God, it was easy for the Hebrews to believe that God was with them. After suffering some time in the desert, it became difficult to remember if God was still with them.
Often in our own faith, we feel that has abandoned us when He allows us to go through spiritual dryness or tribulations. Don’t let the doubt win, and fear not, for God has not left us, even now.
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
- (8) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
This week’s second reading from St Paul’s epistle to the Romans, we hear a beautiful testimony of the love of God for His people. Faith is primarily a gift, and not something we earn for ourselves. It’s freely given to us by the Father outside of merit.
Even more than that, Jesus gave His life for us, not because we were being good and faithful, but because He loves us so much that He is willing to give it all in the midst of our doubt and unfaithfulness. This is the power of the love of Christ on the cross, and it’s the central message of Lent.
Verse Before The Gospel
CF. John 4:42, 15
Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world;
give me living water, that I may never thirst again.
This week’s Gospel from St John is a long but familiar story of the woman at the well. This has always been a favorite story of many for the various traditions that it brought together. Jesus shows us His kindness and His generosity to offer salvation to more than just God’s chosen people. He also shows His mercy in spite of our sinfulness.
In the alternative Gospel reading, we hear of the story of when Jesus drives out the money changers from the Temple. His frustration with their attitude of the Temple forces Him to abruptly force them to change their ways.
Gospel Meditation from Bishop Vásquez
- Jesus drove out the money changers and traders from the temple in order to cleanse it and to restore the fullness of its sacredness. What can you do or stop doing to show greater respect for the church grounds and all of its facilities?