On the Road Together for March 3&4
On the Road Together
For March 3&4, 2018
by Tracy Rodenborn, Director of RCIA
3rd Sunday of Lent:
In our readings this weekend, we look at communities that are coming to know God in new ways. We have a wonderful opportunity in our first reading to reflect on the Ten Commandments. In this version from Exodus, God is addressing the community as a whole – and this is the first and only time that we hear of God addressing the entire community. I can only imagine the fear and awe they were experiencing as the One who rescued them from slavery, the One they do not know very well yet is speaking to them. This is a really big
– an experience of God. As I think about God revealing Godself to this community, I find it fascinating that in God’s first speech to them, God not only gives them laws about coming to know and love God, but God also gives them many commandments about how they are to be in right relation with one another. This One God is very concerned about how they are living with one another! The Ten Commandments show how our relationship with God is not only vertical – between us and God, but also horizontal – between us and one another. At the very heart of our faith, the Trinity, we have a community of “Persons.” And at the heart of our moral life, we, too, are called to live in right relation with one another.
In our Gospel from John this week, we have John’s version of Jesus turning over the tables in the Temple and proclaiming that He can destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. As this story is so vividly told in all four Gospels, we can see how profound this story is in the memories of the first early Christians. And the Narrator of John tells us just that – it is something Jesus’ disciples remember after His death and Resurrection as they are making sense of who Jesus is. Here, they recall Jesus saying He could destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days – and after His death, they come to understand that Jesus was speaking of His body. His Body, like the temple, is now how the presence of God and that connection with humanity is made. The disciples are coming to know Jesus in a new way, and recall His words and it all becomes clear to them. How God dwells among us is in the actual, carnal, BODY of Jesus that will soon suffer so greatly, be destroyed, and rebuilt in three days. They are coming to understand the new Temple of Christ’s body and the final, total sacrifice in that Temple.
This Lent, our readings are asking us to come to know God in new ways. And when this happens, we see that there are obligations to living in the Spirit of God who goes to great measures to reveal Godself to us. As the Psalm says, these laws and precepts, these words of God are more precious than gold. How are we doing this Lent being open to the new ways that God is being revealed to us? What are these new revelations calling forth from us? Can we trust that what we are called to is more precious than gold?
Casting out the Money Changers
by Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish Painter, 1834-1890
Readings for Mass
Sent by Beverly Aviles on Thursday, March 1 at 12:35PM