Third Sunday of Lent (B)

This Sunday’s gospel put Jesus' knowledge of our human nature so clearly: He really knew what was going on in men's hearts. He knew what they thought. He saw what they did to the Temple. The Temple was a place of worship.  It was a place of celebrating the spiritual presence of God in the world. And they transformed it.  They changed the Temple into a marketplace. They utilized a system of money changing that robbed the poor people, forcing them to spend extra money for the prescribed practices.  He knew men's hearts.  He knows our hearts! He knew that our celebration of his birth at Christmas would be transformed from a day to celebrate the Spiritual Becoming One with us to a celebration of materialism. He knew that we would hide the celebration of the Resurrection behind the Easter Bunny. He even knew that some people would begin their Easter celebrations two days early and have a party on Good Friday (That, to me, is the height of paganism, by the way)[1].

He knew that people would see the signs that he worked, the miracles he performed, but would refuse to see the messages behind the signs and the miracles.  Instead they would see him as a wonder worker, a super man, a good show. He knew that they would not recognize whom he really was. Nor were they ready to listen to his message. Those who followed the way of the world could never accept sacrificial love, a death on a cross, as the way to salvation.  He would show us what real love was.  He would die on a cross for us.

For God had entrusted creation to man from the very beginning. He would not take this gift back. If mankind had broken the relationship with God, then mankind would have to make the decision to once more seek this relationship. One who is a man would have to restore the relationship. The man, the Son of God become flesh, would give himself up completely for the sake of others. His death would make God's life real to the world.
During Lent we celebrate our ability to live Christ's life. We are called upon to consider how well we are following Christ's way, the way of sacrificial love. Our houses may be destroyed in a natural disaster, but nothing can remove the love of Christ from our homes, wherever we may be. The one thing that will last forever is the sacrificial love of the Lord we have been enjoined to perpetuate in the world.  

My brother, my sister, we must be willing to sacrifice ourselves for others, our families and our friends.  We must be willing to demonstrate with our own lives that Jesus' wisdom and strength, the wisdom and strength of the cross, proves the lie of the materialistic mind set of the World. The wisdom of the cross reveals all else to be folly and weakness



[1] 3rd Sunday of Lent B, March 8, 2015. Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25.

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

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