THE SEASON OF LENT
Lent, in the Christian church, a period of penitential preparation for Easter. In Western churches it begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides for a 40-day fast (Sundays are excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. In Eastern churches Lent begins on the Monday of the seventh week before Easter and ends on the Friday that is nine days before Easter. This 40-day “Great Lent” includes Saturdays and Sundays as relaxed fast days.
-from Britannica Encyclopedia
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Third Sunday of Lent (C)
MARCH 24, 2019
TURNING TO GOD
I. THE READING
Begin by relating your experience on displeasing or pleasing people, God. (It is hard to please people. It is impossible to please everyone. We can displease people without knowing it.) Is it difficult to please God?
No. We please God by being appreciative of his actions, interventions to us (First Reading).
We please God by taking cue from the experience of the Israelites journeying in the desert, by not repeating their mistakes (Second Reading).
We please God by repentance, by being productive (Gospel Reading).
III. OUR CONTEXT
1. Tomorrow March 25, is a Solemnity, The Annunciation of the Birth of our Lord.
2. In this eucharist, we thank God for giving us Jesus Christ, who is most pleasing in his eyes. Jesus did not complain when he was abandoned by his friends and was suffering. The eucharist strengthens us in our struggle to please God