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May 24, 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 20:1-17

Keep my commandments.

  • In every covenant, there are laws, duties, and responsibilities that must be followed.
  • The Ten Commandments express the central law of the covenant made on Mt. Sinai.
  • They outline the characteristic relationships with God and with neighbor.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 1:22-25

Christ is the power of God.

  • Signs are an important part of Israel's theology, as Paul notes in today's passage.
  • In Israel's life, signs always convey the message of the presence and power of God.
  • For those who can see, Christ is the ultimate sign of the presence and power of God.

Gospel : John 2:13-25

In three days, I will raise it up.

  • For Israel the temple is a sign of the presence of God.
  • Jesus cleanses the sign because it is no longer conveying the message.
  • Another message is added, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." Jesus transfers the sign of God's presence from the temple to his own body, raised from death.