Gospel Reflections

3rd Sunday of Lent

Luke 13:1-9

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Ginny Scally

Published: March 24, 2019


In the beginning of this reading, Moses seems to be just going about his daily life, … just “tending his father-in-law, Jethro’s, flock,” … perhaps contently minding his own business, … “leading the flock across the desert,” and then he gets this call from GOD! “Moses! Moses!”

There’s not mistake here. God didn’t call someone else.  The text says it was deliberate. The text says it was intentional. God got his attention with a burning bush, waited for Moses to respond, then called him by name twice, in case he didn’t hear God the first time! Moses got the message too: this is GOD talking! God’s heart has been broken open by the suffering and the cries of God’s People. God wants to intervene. God wants someone through whom God will do that and Moses is the one! Moses is sent in the name of I AM.

We too, may be doing the same thing as Moses: quietly accomplishing the normal things we do from one day to the next, the GOOD things we do, minding our own business, etc. and then God calls us, … God calls ME! It’s true, there’s no visible “burning bush” that anyone around us can see, but our good God catches our attention through the e-mails from our women on “the Border,” the headlines of our daily newspapers, one story after another on the 5 o’clock news, the reports heard on 60 Minutes, conversations with friends, popular movies in our theatres today, etc., etc. and we know that the God of our ancestor’s heart must be breaking again by the suffering and cries of so many of our sisters and brothers in our own country, around the globe, from the earth itself and from all of creation.

Rampant violence, repeated mass shootings, greed and corruption, lies and war, blatant racism and drugs, people young and old dying at the hands of misguided others … Our God must want to intervene again for sure. Who can God send today? “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” Where and how are we being called and sent to act individually, collectively, corporately in the name of I AM today? Will we go? The grace and guidance is there for the asking.

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