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Third Sunday of Lent

Isaiah 55:8-9: My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for being so patient with us when we cannot fully understand and appreciate your holy and inspirational character. Thank you for sending Jesus so we can know you better and trust you to know us better than we know ourselves. We look forward to seeing you face to face when Jesus comes to bring us home. Until that day, please know we love you. In the name of Jesus we offer our thanks and praise. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (March 03, 2013)
Day: Third Sunday of Lent
First Reading: Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11
Second Reading: 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12
Gospel: Luke 4:21-30
Lectionary: 30
Colour: Voilet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 4:21-30
21And he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. 22And all spoke well of him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth; and they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?" 23And he said to them, "Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, `Physician, heal yourself; what we have heard you did at Caper'na-um, do here also in your own country.'" 24And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. 25But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Eli'jah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; 26and Eli'jah was sent to none of them but only to Zar'ephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Eli'sha; and none of them was cleansed, but only Na'aman the Syrian." 28When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. 30But passing through the midst of them he went away.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The word "gospel" exactly means "good news". Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would come in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring freedom to those oppressed by sin and affliction. It was usual for Jesus to go weekly to the synagogue to worship and on occasion to read the scriptures and commentary on them to the people. His hometown folks listened with absorbed attention on this time because they had heard about the miracles he had performed in other towns. What symbol would he do in his hometown? Jesus startled them with a seeming rebuke that no prophet or servant of God can receive respect among his own people. He then angered them when he complimented the gentiles who look as if to have shown more faith in God than the "chosen ones" of Israel. They regarded gentiles as "fuel for the fires of hell". Jesus' praise for "outsiders" caused them offence since they were blind-sighted to God's mercy and plan of salvation for all nations. Loving Infant Jesus, you are the completion of all our hopes and desires. Your Spirit brings us grace, truth, life, and liberty. Fill us with the joy of the gospel and inflame our heart with love and zeal for you and for your will.


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