The Weekend of March 23-24
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Paul joins us for the Third Sunday of Lent.
In the Readings
First Reading Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15
During Lent, the First Readings tell the story of Salvation History in the Old Testament of the Bible. In this weekend’s First Reading, Moses is tending his father-in-law’s flock when he comes to Mt. Horeb. There an angel of the Lord appears to Moses as a burning bush. Moses is amazed to see that even though the bush is on fire, it is not being burnt up. As Moses approaches the bush, the Lord tells him to come no nearer and take off his sandals because he is on holy ground. God tells Moses He has heard the cry of His people and seen their suffering in Egypt. God says He has come down to rescue His people from Egypt and to lead them to “a land flowing with milk and honey.” Moses asks God what he should say if the Israelites ask who sent him. God tells Moses to say, “I AM sent me to you.” God goes on to tell Moses to say, “The Lord, the God of your fathers, . . . has sent me to you,” and “This is My name forever; thus I am to be remembered through all generations.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
In the Second Reading, Paul reminds us that though our ancestors passed were baptized in the Red Sea and ate and drank the same spiritual food and drink, God was not pleased with most of them and they were struck down in the desert. Paul tells us that this should be a warning for us that we don’t desire evil things or grumble as the people in Exodus did. This is a warning to us for when the End of Days comes. “Therefore,” Paul says, “whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.”
Gospel Luke 13:1-9
In the Gospel, some people tell Jesus about “Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.” Jesus says to them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” Jesus then tells them a parable about a man with a fig tree in his orchard. When the man sees that the tree has no fruit, he tells his gardener to cut it down since it hasn’t had fruit for three years. The gardener replies, “Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.”
Father Paul’s Homily
Copies of Father Paul’s Homily are available in the Main Entrance to the church. You can also find it here 3rd Sunday of Lent 2019
During the 5:00 Mass, we will welcome a new member to God’s family through baptism!
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall following the Gloria.
Knights of Columbus Baby Shower
The crib for the Knights of Columbus’s annual “Baby Shower” in in the back of church until April 14. There is a list of needs posted. All proceeds will go to Birthright.
Picture Lent. You’re probably thinking about what you’re going to give up this year and what fish fries you’ll try to go to. While these are good things to do, we sometimes lose sight of what Lent is really calling us to. This season calls us to something much more wonderful and terrifying. It can be hard to think about, but Lent calls us to be transformed. This is a time to let the Holy Spirit into our lives and to allow our lives to be positively changed by that presence. Join us as we each ask, “How am I going to allow the Holy Spirit to transform me this Lent?”
This week’s focus is “Repent”
- Repent and believe in the Good News.
- Repent and enjoy God’s presence.
- Repent and Live.
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