St. Mary's put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. in order to have a daily reflection on the Mass readings for the day. Most of the reflections were written by students (a few by staff). Here is today's reflection:
March 3, 2013
The Third Sunday of Lent
Exodus 3: 1-8a, 13-15 * 1 Corinthians 10: 1-6, 10-12 * Luke 13: 1-9
The message in today’s Gospel echoes loud and clear to those who listen to it with “a humble and contrite heart.” Jesus is trying to get across to the listeners in his day and today that neither suffering, in whatever form it takes, or an untimely and tragic death, reflects God’s punishment for sin. Many martyrs throughout history have suffered untimely and painful deaths for their Catholic faith. In fact, many desired and sought after horrible suffering and death for the faith and to unite their sufferings with their crucified Lord and Savior.
What Jesus is trying to teach is that if we “suffer” from sin, pride, and/or a “hardness of heart” in our lives, and refuse to humbly repent of our sinful lives, we can suffer a fate that is worse than those suffered at the hands of Pilate or at the Tower of Siloam. We risk eternal death and damnation, spiritual death, if we abide in a sinful life and refuse to repent of our sins. Jesus is telling all of us to repent, accept the gift of the sacrament of reconciliation, and resolve as best we can to sin no more.
In the Kingdom of God, do you make the cut?
Have you utilized all the gifts and graces that God has bestowed on you to “fertilize” your spiritual life?
Do you mistakenly equate any suffering in this life with “God’s Punishment”?
Deacon Glen Milton
Permanent Deacon at St. Mary’s Catholic Center