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On Today’s Gospel…

Posted: March 3, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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How many of us have encountered negativity, sometimes even scepticism following our repentance and conversion to Christ? More so when we try to reach our to our family, friends and sisters and brothers in our catholic community? When we try to give reasons for our new found joy and belief in Christ our saviour? Did we not find it easier to touch the hearts of strangers? Why?

It may be some hurts we had caused in the past? It could be our radical change? It could be simple jealousy? It could be insecurity or inferiority complex issues? It could be an absence of a relationship with God in their own lives? An absence of love?

Do we give up and move on? Or with patience, prayer and love, do we plant seeds and trust that God will do the rest?

The love of heavenly Father is universal just as His Church is universal. Let us love as He does.

GOSPEL Luke 4:24–30

Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth: “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away.

March 3rd 2013 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted: March 3, 2013 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

SUNDAY BIBLE REFLECTIONS BY DR. SCOTT HAHN

Fruits of the Fig

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

In the Church, we are made children of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the God who makes known His name and His ways to Moses in today’s First Reading.

Mindful of His covenant with Abraham (see Exodus 2:24), God came down to rescue His people from the slave-drivers of Egypt.

Faithful to that same covenant (see Luke 1:54-55, 72-73), He sent Jesus to redeem all lives from destruction, as today’s Psalm tells us.

Paul says in today’s Epistle that God’s saving deeds in the Exodus were written down for the Church, intended as a prelude and foreshadowing of our own Baptism by water, our liberation from sin, our feeding with spiritual food and drink.

Yet the events of the Exodus were also given as a “warning” – that being children of Abraham is no guarantee that we will reach the promised land of our salvation.

At any moment, Jesus warns in today’s Gospel, we could perish – not as God’s punishment for being “greater sinners” – but because, like the Israelites in the wilderness, we stumble into evil desires, fall into grumbling, forget all His benefits. Jesus calls us today to “repentance” – not a one-time change of heart, but an ongoing, daily transformation of our lives.

We’re called to live the life we sing about in today’s Psalm – blessing His holy name, giving thanks for His kindness and mercy.

The fig tree in His parable is a familiar Old Testament symbol for Israel (see Jeremiah 8:3; 24:1-10). As the fig tree is given one last season to produce fruit before it is cut down, so too Jesus is giving Israel one final opportunity to bear good fruits as evidence of its repentance (see Luke 3:8).

Lent should be for us like the season of reprieve given to the fig tree, a grace period in which we let “the gardener,” Christ, cultivate our hearts, uprooting what chokes the divine life in us, strengthening us to bear fruits that will last into eternity.