Sunday 7 March 2021

About Today Readings

3rd Sunday of Lent

Exodus 20:1-17. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life – Psalm 18(19):8-11. 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. John 2:13-25.

Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up

Today’s Gospel reading invites us to identify with Jesus as a person consumed by zeal for his father’s house.

He could not bear the sight of his Father’s house being turned into a marketplace, so he made a whip of ropes and drove the traders out. The sign he made to justify his action was a challenge: ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.’

This means that his mindset in the days just before the feast of the Passover was already focused on where hostility towards him was leading.

The events of these tragic days culminate, as Peter Steele writes, ‘in the astounding breakthrough from death to indestructible life.’ As Easter approaches, we need to respond to the redemptive interplay between the human and the divine in the life of Jesus and in our lives.

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