Lectionary Reflections: Third Sunday of Lent [c] February 28, 2016

Engaging Faith | Mon, Feb 22, 2016

By John Bucki, SJ
Source: Center of Concern

Third Sunday of Lent [c]

February 28, 2016


Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15

1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12

Luke 13:1-9



February 29: Leap Year Day

March is Women’s History Month 

March 3: Feast of St. Katharine Drexel 

March 8: International Women’s Day



We are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.

-Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 53

The hungry nations of the world cry out to the peoples blessed with abundance. And the Church, cut to the quick by this cry, asks each and every person to hear the pleas of their sisters and brothers and answer it lovingly. 

-Paul VI, Populorum Progressio, 3

Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church's mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation. 

-1971 Bishops’ Synod, Justice in the World, 6

Workers must be paid a wage which allows them to live a truly human life and to fulfill their family obligations in a worthy manner. …. Economic progress must be accompanied by a corresponding social progress, so that all classes of citizens can participate in the increased productivity.  … the economic prosperity of a nation is not so much its total assets in terms of wealth and property, as the equitable division and distribution of this wealth.

-John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, 71-74

Because God is the creator, redeemer, lover of the world, God’s own honor is at stake in human happiness.  Wherever human beings are violated, diminished, or have their life drained away, God’s glory is dimmed and dishonored.  Wherever human beings are quickened to fuller and richer life, God’s glory is enhanced.  A community of justice and peace (thriving among human beings) and God’s glory increase in direct and not inverse proportion.

-Elizabeth Johnson CSJ, She Who Is, 14

 Earnings and capital are not more important than the human person, but should be at the service of the common good. 

-Pope Francis @Pontifex Feb. 17, 2016 


Thoughts for Your Consideration

The scriptures today affirm that God is concerned with the world.  God is concerned with creation and all the creatures.  God is concerned with all people.

In the first reading God looks toward the oppressed people of Israel and wants to do something. "I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry of complaint against their slave drivers, so I know well what they are suffering.”   God reaches out to Moses and directs him into action.  God is concerned with struggles of the people. (God is the God of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and all the particular people in history – even people today.) God calls Moses out of the desert and into action - into the divine plan for liberation.  God wants something to happen to relieve the oppression of the people.  God is concerned with justice.  God is concerned with the oppressed people of today, the homeless, the refugees, the poor, those who suffer from terrorist attacks or wars, those who do not enjoy their basic human right, and those who are denied political freedoms.

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