3rd Sunday of Lent Year B
Christ, the power and the wisdom of God
O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness,
who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving
have shown us a remedy for sin,
look graciously on this confession of our lowliness,
that we, who are bowed down by our conscience,
may always be lifted up by your mercy.
We continue our Lenten journey, and join Jesus this week as he goes up to Jerusalem. Our readings offer us the wisdom of God’s law in the commandments, and Jesus’s forceful action regarding the true meaning of God’s Temple.
The ten commandments in the First Reading from Exodus present the Law as a freedom charter – we have been freed from slavery to serve our God.
Psalm 18 (19) is a joyful poem of praise for God’s precepts. It links the teaching of the commandments to their personification in Jesus – wisdom, truth and light.
St Paul in the Second Reading preaches a crucified Christ. This is an obstacle to some, but for Christ’s followers, through his death and resurrection, he is the power and the wisdom of God.
In the Gospel, Jesus ejects the buyers and sellers from the Temple and in doing so reveals himself as the true Temple. Like the Temple, he too, will be destroyed in his body, but will rise again.
As we journey with Jesus, may we find in him the true sanctuary,
and perhaps the wisdom to know when to disturb the peace.
You shall have no gods except me. First Reading
You, Lord, have the message of eternal life. Psalm Response
Christ, the power and the wisdom of God. Second Reading
Stop turning my Father’s house into a market. Gospel
Destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up. Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further
Exodus 20: 1–17; Ps 18 (19): 8–11; 1 Corinthians 1: 22–25; John 2: 13–25