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Lent 2022: Third Sunday

Third Sunday of Lent
March 20, 2022

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

In the first reading, we learn that God makes himself present to Moses in his ordinary life and knows what the people of Israel are experiencing: “… I have witnessed the affliction of my people, I know well what they are suffering. Therefore, I have come down to rescue them.” He comes with a message of hope for everyone. Even in the most difficult and daunting situations, God is present to rescue and liberate us.

In the Psalm we see a God rich in compassion and mercy who gives relief to the suffering and forgives our failures and weaknesses. He is true to his promise and wants the good for everyone.

In the Gospel of Luke, God again shows us his great love by asking for one more opportunity to bear good fruit. “… I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future.” Each time we feel aridity in our soul, we must stir and water the soil. May we seek the source of life, which is God, to revive our spirit and bear abundant fruit.

This Lent, let us take time to walk with Christ and be part of the redemption of so much suffering in the world. Let us open our hearts to listen deeply and accompany those who hope to see the tender and loving face of God.

Reflection questions

  • What actions can I take to alleviate someone’s suffering?
  • Knowing that God is compassionate and merciful, do I really allow myself to be loved by God?
  • What do I need to remove in myself to make my soil more fertile and bear better fruit?

—Sister Areli Cruz Hernández, CSC