Third Sunday of Lent

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The Burning bush and its testament. An Angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in fire flaming out of a bush. Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15  Lesson number one, be attentive to Angels! As Moses approached the bush, God told him to come no closer and to remove his sandals; because Moses now stood on holy ground. An Angel appeared to Mary and said she would bear our LORD. Mary listened to Angels. God was revealed to Moses in a burning bush, He was revealed to Christians in a manger. Moses pondered why that bush did not burn. Many woodsmen know that live wood does not burn.The tree of Life, the burning bush, and the Holy Cross of our LORD. The God of the living. Remove your sandals as you stand on hallowed ground. When Jesus sent out his apostles, what did He say they should do? Take no money, nor a second tunic, nor a walking staff. He did say to keep their sandals on their feet when entering a town to deliver the Good News. If that gospel was refused, they were top regard that town as if they shaken the sand from their sandals. As God delivered a message to Moses to deliver to the Israelites, Jesus delivered a message to the Apostles. They were to deliver to the world. It was a message of salvation, one that would allow the faithful to once again walk barefoot on hallowed ground. The gospel brings the freedom to remove ones sandals. It brings holiness to the land, and it removes the caltrops cast by Satan  that hinder our  life. The caltrops that hinder our pilgrimage journeying towards the Promised Land. Moses pondered a burning bush and listened to an Angel, Mary was obedient to an Angel’s message. God enters our lives.

There an angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in fire
flaming out of a bush.
As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,
though on fire, was not consumed.
So Moses decided,
“I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
and see why the bush is not burned.”

God enters our lives for a reason, Jesus enters into creation as messiah. He enters to lead us back to the Father. How many times does God enter into our lives? That is something to think about. To listen to the voice of an Angel, we must be receptive to an Angel’s voice. That requires an open mind and heart. How can a Christian listen to angels without pondering the immaculate heart of Mary, a heart receptive to the Angel Gabriel and a heart willing to intercede on our behalf? Hail Mary, it’s a prayer.

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?

Lectio Divina is also a prayer, it is the prayer of sacred scripture. These Gospel readings are a prayer. In today’s readings Jesus reveals something about God to us. He separates sin from events that are beyond our control. So different is the ancient worlds view of life and death. Lk 13:1-9. A body can be living, but if the sin severe enough the person is dead. Death  of a soul is equivalent to the death of a body. Not equivalent, death of the soul is much worse as that death is for eternity. Christ’s mission was the redemption of both the living and the dead.That is something to think about when considering “the blood of the Gentiles that was mixed with our sacrifice.” Ponder the relationship between life, death, sin, and grace. Scripture is to be pondered, to be meditated on. In doing so it becomes a prayer.

And he told them this parable:
“There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,
and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree
but have found none…

Parables also are to be pondered, examined, mulled over, meditated upon, and thought about. Their meanings are varied, and often influenced by the context in which they are evaluated. The parable of the fig tree that bears no fruit . Causally it emphasized the importance of the fruit. The fruit of faith. It emphasis the effort it takes to bear fruit, the tilling of the soil. Faith put to practice. It also emphasis Gods mercy, that tree is not immediately discarded. It is given time to come to fruition. In human terms it is given an opportunity at redemption, forgiveness, repentance. Parables though are to be read again and again. Each individual gleans their own conclusions, each individual learns their own lessons. I stop here.

 

 

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