Friday, March 5, 2021

We Proclaim Christ Crucified: A Reflection on the Third Sunday of Lent

Wally and I were invited to share a reflection on our parish blog on the Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

What good is religion? Why be Catholic?

In this week's Gospel reading, we hear about people attracted to Jesus because of "the signs he was doing." Others were drawn to the temple as an easy way to make money off religion—"those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money changers" (John 2:13-25).

Our New Testament reading describes people seeking spirituality for the sake of signs or wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:22-25).

For those motivated by money, Jesus flips their tables in the temple. For those seeking miracles, Jesus "would not trust himself to them" (John 2:25).

Are we coming to religion for the sake of entertainment? Wise words? Feel-good emotions? Money?

St. Paul challenges us to check our motivation: "We proclaim Christ crucified," he writes to the Corinthians. "Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God."

And so, we pray in this week's Responsorial Psalm: 

Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.


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