Lifelong Catechesis

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July 17, 2024


Forty days before the Triduum, the Lenten season disposes Catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery through prayer and penitential practices.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Third Sunday of Lent

Reading I : Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15

God's name is: "I AM WHO AM".

  • In the first reading from Exodus, Moses questions God’s call.
  • God’s answer, “I AM who Am” has lead believers to contemplate the meaning of God’s reply to Moses.
  • Today’s passage shows that even in the moment of personal revelation, God remains a mystery.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12

What is written about Moses is to help us.

  • The reading from 1 Corinthians is Paul’s meditation on the fate of the people who were delivered in the Exodus.
  • Not all of the people who were freed remained faithful to God.
  • Paul stresses that being delivered from sin through Baptism is not enough. We must continue to turn back to God when we have turned away.

Gospel : Luke 13:1-9

Jesus tells us to repent.

  • Today’s Gospel story was Jesus’ answer to those who judged others through the theory of retribution.
  • Humans cannot see enough to judge God’s purpose in events.
  • The parable illustrates God’s patience concerning human sin.