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Third Sunday of Lent

1st Reading: Exodus 20:1­17

Responsorial: 19:8, 9, 10, 11
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:22­25 Gospel: John 2:13­25

God has perfect timing. The Israelites were not given the Ten Commandments until the right time. If God is truly God, then everything about Him is perfect. We unfortunately tend not to see this because of our sinfulness. God asks us to change, helps us adjust to that change and then gives us another change to endure. This is how He helps us to become more like Jesus.

Since we need to be made fit for Heaven, we have to be conformed to Christ. As St Paul says, put on the mind of Christ, that is, live the way God asks of us. It brings us peace and joy. It may be difficult at first, but just as a storm brings thunder lightning wind and rain, later on, we enjoy the flowers and crops and fruit that come forth.

As Christians, we are asked to endure many trials and sometimes we get upset when God has to clean us out as Jesus did the temple. The big question is why? Why Lord? St Padre Pio says God will never answer that question. Job found out that God's questions (Where were you when I founded the earth...) were satisfying so he didn't need an answer as to why he suffered so much. We need to be thankful in all circumstances. As St Paul said, ­ Always and for everything giving thanks in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God our Father.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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