Annunciation

Roman Catholic Church

7580 Clinton Street
Elma, New York 14059

716.683.5254

Annunciation Church - Elma, NY

 

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

Law of Love

Today’s Readings: Exodus 20:1–17; Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (John 6:68c); 1 Corinthians 1:22–25; John 2:13–25. “You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves   .   .   .   you shall not bow down before them and worship them.” Reading this line we might think of the idols that the Israelites made from gold and then worshipped, excusing ourselves of such practices. And so when we examine our conscience, we might just skip the First Commandment. Perhaps, though, as we keep this season of Lent, we might want to dwell on this commandment, thinking over what is the most important thing in our life. Where do you put your time, thought, and money? It is easy to mold idols by what family, friends, and coworkers expect of us. It is much harder to keep our eyes on the vision that God desires.

The portrayal of the Temple as Passover nears in today’s Gospel shows us a marketplace, not a place where the community gathers to praise God. We can see here that the economy is an idol among the money changers and the marketers in the Temple. Jesus drives them out in an effort to cleanse the Temple. Perhaps you would like to take time to examine what rules your life and ask Jesus to cleanse you. Our dependence should be on God, for it is in him that we find wisdom and strength. As the Second Reading states, “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 

© Liturgy Training Publications. 1-800-933-1800. Written by Michael R. Prendergast. Scripture quotations are from The New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on September 16, 2014.

 

 

 

RCIA - First Scrutiny Readings

Newfound Faith

Today’s Readings: Exodus 15:3–7; Psalm 95:1–2, 6–7, 8–9, (8); Romans 5:1–2, 5–8; John 4:5–42. The story of Christ’s encounter with the Samaritan woman provides us with a look at the exhilaration of newfound faith. Upon realizing that the Messiah was before her, the woman went into town, exclaiming, “Come see a man who has told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Christ?”

    That the woman had no qualms about telling others about Christ is remarkable for more than one reason. Not only is she telling of her faith but she is revealing her encounter to people from whom she normally would hide. Since her sins were public knowledge, she avoided the derision of others by going to the well when others were not present. Eager to tell others about Christ, she left at the well her fear of what others might say. Putting aside her concern that the townspeople would disregard her, she revealed how she had come to know Christ.

    Those of us who have been Catholic since birth often grow accustomed to our faith. We may pray daily, participate in Mass, and receive the sacraments but might seldom, if ever, feel the need to talk to others about our faith. In the preface of the document “Disciples Called to Witness,” the US Catholic bishops ask, “How often do we fail to realize that we are called to be Christ’s witnesses to the world? Do we realize that our Baptism, Confirmation, and reception of the Eucharist bestow on us the grace we need to be disciples?” Perhaps during this Lent you might want to look to the courage the Samaritan woman possessed as she placed her fears aside to tell others about Christ.

© Liturgy Training Publications. 1-800-933-1800. Written by Michael R. Prendergast. Scripture quotations are from The New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1993 and 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on September 16, 2014.

 

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