Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


SUNDAY READINGS

The Second Sunday of Lent
March 17 (Cycle C)
The Third Sunday of Lent
March 24 (Cycle C)
First Reading:  Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Second Reading:  Philippians 3:17–4:1
Gospel:  Luke 9:28-36
First Reading: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15
Second Reading: 1 Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

One of the key themes in Luke’s Gospel is glory.  As Jesus is transfigured, Moses and Elijah appear “in glory.”  When the apostles awake, they see only Jesus’ “glory.”  Moses and Elijah reveal that Christ’s passage would be through suffering to glory. The voice of God identifies Jesus as God’s chosen son, and commands the apostles to listen, to listen to what Jesus has just announced…his approaching death and resurrection.  In this passage, the glory of God will be revealed.

 

The fig tree in the parable in today’s Gospel represents Jerusalem.  Jerusalem was the center of God’s chosen people.  He loved and cared, cultivated and fertilized.  It is time for Jerusalem to bear fruit, but Jerusalem failed.  The coming of Jesus as the “sign” of God’s love for people can be seen as an extra time of grace given to Jerusalem.  But by the time the Gospel was written, Luke’s audience would know that Jerusalem had been destroyed.  The parable also carries a caution for us: unless we reform, we too will perish just as Jerusalem did.

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

What are some of the “mountaintop” experiences in your life.

Describe a time when you stopped to really listen closely to another person.

Tell about an experience in your life that you really wanted to last forever, that you wished would never end!

 

Tell how God is calling you to look inward and make positive changes in your life.

Throughout our lives we are faced with situations like the man with the fig tree.  When were you recently faced with a challenging situation that required your patience and nurturing?  How did your faith see you through?

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