Pastors Desk: Third Sunday of Lent / C

Posted 23rd March 2019 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 24th March 2019 - Third Sunday of Lent / C

third-sunday-of-lent1The theme running though today’s readings is that a disaster is usually connected or associated with punishment for sin for those caught up in the tragedy.

For example, in today’s gospel the construction accident at Siloam where 18 people died is attributed to their sin. This strange and misleading attitude is still prevalent today. Many natural disasters are seen as a judgement of God on the unfortunate innocent victims who just happen to be in the wrong place at the time. Sometimes terrorist attacks are seen by some to be God’s righteous judgement.

Jesus was quick to point out that this way of thinking was wrong. He asked those listening to him if they really thought these innocent victims were guiltier than everyone else living in Jerusalem. “I tell you no” he quickly adds.

When people die in tragic events it does not reflect God’s judgement in any way. But it is a stark reminder for us to always be prepared for that moment when our earthly journey comes to an end. Keeping on the straight and narrow is a daily challenge for all of us.

This season of Lent affords us the opportunity to take a closer look at our lives and perhaps ask ourselves just how we stand before God right now. It’s also a good time to do some ‘weeding’ around our hearts in the hope that these actions will produce good fruit.

Fr. Gerry