3rd Sunday of Lent, year ’C’ 3e dimanche de Carême, année ’C’

“Lord’, he said’ leave it me one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it.”
Thursday 25 February 2016

Ex.3,1-8.13-15 Ps.102 1 Co.10,1-6.10-12 Lk.13,1-9

3rd Sunday of Lent, year ’C’ 28th February 2016

“It was just about that this time that people arrived and told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ’Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than any others, that this should have happened to them? They were not, i tell you; No, but unless you repent you will perish as they did.”

We are in the time of Lent, and what is important, what Jesus wishes for us is that we be gentle and humble of heart.

The passages of the Word brings about a Light for us that is more just and has us move forward. It requires us to look at our own situation, not to evade by thinking about something else, but to consider ourselves as we walk towards Easter. Whatever our difficulties may be like, we all bear the weight of the day but we contemplate the benevolent gaze of Love that God has us for us. He sees the misery we are going through, He knows the truth of our sufferings and he comes to save us. The affair of the massacred Galileans during the sacrifice, those who have died in the collapse of the tower, are part of painful daily events! In Faith, we know that Christ, struck down on Calvary, is with us and that He will give us the Blood of the Eucharist and the Waters of Baptism that burst forth from his Heart so as to bring us back to life. Still today God is patience and he accompanies us.

“Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell killing them all? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, i tell you. No; but if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did.”

Jesus calls us to consider our way of living so that it can lead us to a full and lasting life.He tells us, without an apparent link, and he tells us twice, that he wants us to hear the Word, without any worry, but so as to get out of the torpor, wake up and takes us up so as to situate us in anew way, be converted to the full Love of Jesus.

God is always in our midst, enveloping with His Tenderness and taking us from where we are. If we give back everything that dwells in us he transforms our

life and uses this way however troubled it may be to make of it a true marvel of Love. And so everything will go in our favour, for this happiness is what He wants for us.

The time of Lent is a time of deliverance that God wants to give to us. In the Gospel Jesus encounters people in distress. Today, peoples’ misery can be found in psychiatric hospitals, in hospices and in exile, anywhere where people are lonely, lacking Love, now God is there and acts.

"Jesus told them this parable, ’A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. He said to his vinedresser ’For three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down, why should it be taking up the ground?’

’Lord, ’the man replied, ’leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it : it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down."I can hear the consolation Jesus offers me if I am on the path of conversion. He helps me, leads me, holds my hand, He is completely patient towards the one who tries to walk towards his Light. I can perceive this goodness that calls us encouraging us to go on our own way, the true one, the one that leads us through poverty and the desire of the truth of our true being.

And so God asks us to convert, that in a deliberate manner we place ourselves on his Heart, so that we find life here so it may bear fruit. God sees the misery which we are in and He wants us to look at it, so that we may have confidence in Him and be nourished from the sources of Life He gives us. And so life will burst forth and we shall be saved. So God will send us to go and save our people with Him.

We ask for the grace to understand that God he saw the misery of his People in the desert and that he takes care of us.