This week the readings are from Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15; Psalm 103; Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12; and Luke’s Gospel 13:1-9. Unless the First Scrutiny takes place at the Mass you attend then the readings will most likely come from Year A.
The readings focus on an idea that Fr. Paul Scalia hit upon in his homily in which he eulogized his father Justice Antonin Scalia, we are a practicing Catholic, “practicing” in the sense that we haven’t perfected it yet. Starting with Moses and the burning bush where Moses is told to take off his sandals for this is holy ground and the Lord revealed himself as I AM WHO AM. This is someone who has been watching over his people and cares for them even though we do not see the signs. Paul pick up this idea that there are signs throughout the Old Testament to show up what not to do but also use this as an example in our modern day lives to try and figure out our problems through it. This is who we are as practicing Christians. We are like that gardener who pleads to save the fig tree in the parable. Living your faith take work but we have so many great examples from the past to show us the way and let our trees bear fruit.