Third Sunday in Lent

This week we reach a milestone in Salvation History with Moses and the Ten Commandments. The story of Moses is a popular one and was most recently on the big screen in that film by Ridley Scott, but one can only assume that the world has a general understanding of the ten commandments from other films like The Ten Commandments and The Prince of Egypt if you are fuzzy wait a couple of weeks and I am sure that The Ten Commandments will be on network television at some point. Jesus adds to these ten in the New Testament with two more (love God and love your neighbor as yourself) and the Jewish people have about 400 more.

Making our way to the first letter from Paul to the Corinthians we are hit with a huge point. Paul once again does his best to drone on and on with this reading of two sentences. He points out that Christ crucified is a stumbling block for the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. This is difficult point for many individuals to comprehend and several heretical movements are based on this. The key point in the reading comes in the second sentence “For the foolishness of the Lord is wiser than the wisdom of humans” this is a huge thing to realize that as smart as we claim to be it isn’t even the foolishness of the Lord.

Turning to John’s Gospel we hear about how Jesus came to Jerusalem and went to the Temple since is was Passover and when he went inside Jesus overturns all the money changers tables and drives out all those selling sacrificial animals saying “Take these out of here and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” Then the Jews speak up saying what sign can you give us for smashing up the Temple, and Jesus says destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up predicting his own resurrection. The gospel today reminds us that we should be coming to church and making an effort, Jesus also tells us not to be buying or selling things inside the building of the church. Help us to follow the rules that we’ve been given and put our trust is the Lord.


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