Saturday, March 06, 2010
3RD SUNDAY OF LENT – C
3RD SUNDAY OF LENT – C
EXODUS 3:1-8, 13-15
Moses was looking after the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the
priest of Midian; he led it to the far side of the desert and came to
Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of Yahweh appeared to him in a
flame blazing from the middle of a bush. Moses looked; there was the
bush blazing, but the bush was not being burnt up. Moses said, 'I must
go across and see this strange sight, and why the bush is not being
burnt up.' When Yahweh saw him going across to look, God called to him
from the middle of the bush. 'Moses, Moses!' he said. 'Here I am,' he
answered. 'Come no nearer,' he said. 'Take off your sandals, for the
place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your
ancestors,' he said, 'the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God
of Jacob.' At this Moses covered his face, for he was afraid to look
at God. Yahweh then said, 'I have indeed seen the misery of my people
in Egypt. I have heard them crying for help on account of their
taskmasters. Yes, I am well aware of their sufferings. And I have come
down to rescue them from the clutches of the Egyptians and bring them
up out of that country, to a country rich and broad, to a country
flowing with milk and honey, to the home of the Canaanites, the
Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites.
Moses then said to God, 'Look, if I go to the Israelites and say to
them, "The God of your ancestors has sent me to you," and they say to
me, "What is his name?" what am I to tell them?' God said to Moses, 'I
am he who is.' And he said, 'This is what you are to say to the
Israelites, "I am has sent me to you." ' God further said to Moses,
'You are to tell the Israelites, "Yahweh, the God of your ancestors,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, has sent me
to you." This is my name for all time, and thus I am to be invoked for
all generations to come.
1 CORINTHIANS 10:1-6, 10-12
I want you to be quite certain, brothers, that our ancestors all had
the cloud over them and all passed through the sea. In the cloud and
in the sea they were all baptised into Moses; all ate the same
spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink, since they
drank from the spiritual rock which followed them, and that rock was
Christ. In spite of this, God was not pleased with most of them, and
their corpses were scattered over the desert. Now these happenings
were examples, for our benefit, so that we should never set our
hearts, as they did, on evil things; Never complain; some of them
complained, and they were killed by the Destroyer. Now all these
things happened to them by way of example, and they were described in
writing to be a lesson for us, to whom it has fallen to live in the
last days of the ages. Everyone, no matter how firmly he thinks he is
standing, must be careful he does not fall.
It was just about this time that some people arrived and told him
about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their
sacrifices. At this he said to them, 'Do you suppose that these
Galileans were worse sinners than any others, that this should have
happened to them? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent
you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower
at Siloam fell, killing them all? Do you suppose that they were more
guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I
tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.'
He told this parable, 'A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard,
and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to his
vinedresser, "For three years now I have been coming to look for fruit
on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be
taking up the ground?" "Sir," the man replied, "leave it one more year
and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next
year; if not, then you can cut it down." '
We have the famous call of Moses. How does the theme of call resonate
with the Season of Lent?
Lent is a time of invitation of Jesus for our transformation and
conversion. In particular, we may have similar experiences of Moses
when we feel we are being asked to do something which is beyond our
powers and capabilities. We simply feel our limitations and
insufficiency to be able to perform the task entrusted to us. How can
my boss or God for that matter give me this responsibility and mission
when I am so lacking in talents?
The answer of God is simply: "I AM sent me to you."
There was this man who was thinking of teaching in China as part of
his formation. He was not surely the best in his group but he felt
that this was some sort of adventure but more so, he felt that God was
calling him to spend some time in China. By his work and dedication to
his work, he hoped to touch them and thus serve as his way of
evangelization to those who still remain ignorant of Jesus. The
insecurities were there considering that he did not speak Chinese. In
the end, his only response why he decided to go on was the consolation
that indeed it is God (I am) who missioned him there. The seeds of
Christianity will continue to be planted there and hopefully, there
shall be harvest in the future.
This season of Lent is an invitation of our unwavering trust in God
who will bring into fruition whatever mission God entrusts to us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jo Marcelo
- Renan Lacida
- Davis Danao
… for the personal intentions of
- Minette and Edu
- Mariano M.
- Josheil Dapo
... Birthday: Regina Lim
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dra. Juanita Lu
- Prayer Intention: Janice Lim Gotamco
… for the healing and peace of all families
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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