Gospel Reflections

3rd Sunday of Lent

Luke 13:1-9

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Ginny Scally

Published: February 28, 2016

“In the first century it was common to believe that misfortune was a sign of God’s disfavor.” Even though Jesus clearly denies the legitimacy of this “false notion,” strains of this belief seem to linger in our human psyche to this day. I am reminded of the question that brought a feisty, beautiful, 10 year old parishioner recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, into my office for a requested appointment. Her mom had brought her in and the child wanted to ask if she had done something wrong…she wanted to know if she was being punished for something. Her parents and her sister were probably also asking the same questions but that is not how the good God treats us…as hard as that diagnosis was to hear.

Will there be an account asked of us at some point about how we have lived? Yes, I think there will be. Will there be consequences for the choices of our lives? Yes, I think there will be consequences. We need but simply see the “great judgment” scene in Matthew 25 where the King separates the sheep from the goats! But we sure do not seem to get what we deserve this side of the grave. Most of us would probably agree that Life has been way too good to us! So what is the deal?

I believe it is this:

- Christ came, he tells us, that we may have Life and have it to the full.

- We live this life in the invisible and mysterious Presence of the God of our ancestors who tells us to “remove the sandals from our feet for the place where we stand is holy ground.”

- This God continues to this day to witness the affliction and suffering of so many of our sisters and brothers everywhere in this global village of ours.

- And this God continues to call unlikely people like Moses, like you and me, to be God’s fruitful instruments on behalf of the building of God’s Kingdom.

Whether success or suffering accompanies us in our lives, is part of the Mystery. Our call is to bear fruit for God’s glory as long as we can, as long as we draw the breath of life! And to empower those around us to do the same.

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