LISTEN: Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent – Year C

We are now halfway through Lent – believe it or not – It’s the Third Sunday! Maybe it’s hard to admit that this Lent is not all we had hoped for. On Ash Wednesday, we, perhaps, intended to make some changes in our lives or to do something different. Now, halfway through Lent, we discover, perhaps, that we have not done what we said or got going with what we wanted to do.

Today’s gospel helps us if we found ourselves in that space. It tells us of a landowner who planted a fig tree that did not produce fruit for three years. Giving up on it, he tells the gardener to cut it down. But the wise gardener knows that what the tree needs is cultivating and feeding.

In the first reading, the call of Moses also helps us understand that Lent is not so much about what we can do, should do or must do. Rather, Lent is about how God takes the initiative and chooses to give gifts to us. The most important question we should ask is: What is it that God wants to give me this Lent?

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Third Sunday of Lent.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.

Exodus 3:1-8,13-15Psalm 1021 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12Luke 13:1-9

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ
B.A. (UNISA) B.D. (Urbaniana) M.Th. (UKZN)

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

r.pollitt@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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