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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 7 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15
Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We, all love to see a gripping drama, even if it is an old, familiar story in which the main character has seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome. That's why so many people watch old movies that they've seen many times before. We even enjoy horror stories and bloody scenes since we're safe in the "comfort zone" of our easy chair.

The first reading this Sunday gives us a favorite story. It's about Moses and the burning bush. Imagine Moses, who at this point is just a lowly shepherd, living in exile in Midian when he wanders with his sheep to the Holy Mountain and there sees a bush on fire - and the bush is not destroyed. When he hears a divine command, he takes off his sandals. Then God calls him to go on a mission to free the Israelites. He gives God excuse after excuse in protest, but to no avail. God then reveals His name to Moses: "I am who Am; Yahweh!" In fear and trembling, Moses goes back to Egypt to announce God's decision to the elders.

On our Christian journey through Lent, as we hear the stories about the prophets, and listen to the teaching of Jesus, there is a danger that we'll keep the same cozy distance that we do when watching a TV drama or an old movie.

Should we stick to our comfort zone this Sunday as we hear Jesus struggle to convince His "righteous" hearers that it's time for action, time for them to repent of their sins and change their ways before God grows tired, and brings them to final justice? Toward the end of the Gospel, Jesus tells them about the owner of the vineyard who wants to cut down his barren fig tree. Year after year, he's waited. Now he's tired of waiting. Fortunately, he's persuaded to wait just one more year - just one more year!

That fig tree is a symbol of each one of us today. In what way have we perhaps exhausted God's patience? Lent is the time for some action on our part that will remedy that. St. Paul, in his exhortation to the Corinthians, is urging them not to be complacent about all the good they have done, but to make sure they have gotten rid of any sinfulness. How about us? Are there sins that we've been unwilling to part from? God is calling each of us this week to move out of slavery into the desert freedom of prayer, penance, and renewal.

~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29@yahoo.com

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Third Sunday of Lent

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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