Third Sunday of Lent
Ex. 3:1-8a, 13-15 | Ps. 103:1-4, 6-8, 11 | 1Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12 | Lk. 13:1-9
Moses is called to do something special which is to lead the Israelites out of the land of slavery into the land flowing with milk and honey. Paul makes reference to this journey by reminding the people that these Israelites were all led on the same path through all trials and joys by the hand of God. Jesus invites us to realize that all of us are sinners and are called, as the Israelites, to leave all that keeps us from belonging to God fully; and to walk in God’s path into a land flowing with milk and honey. It is not our task to judge others or to try to figure out why some seem to be suffering. Suffering does not come to us because of sin alone. We are invited to join Christ on the path of suffering in order to bring about the kingdom of God in our world. The path to so doing will be blessed by God and our journey should lead us into the freedom of God. But we must remember that we are invited to let go of all that prevents us from seeing God and hearing God’s call.
Take time to listen to God today. What things keep you bound and unfree? What might God be calling you to let go of in order to walk the path to freedom? Ask God for all that you need to be able to do so.