Scripture Reflections for the Third Sunday of Lent

Year C, Lectionary 30

Hate feeling lost on Sundays at church? Searching for a better explanation of the Bible than what you hear from your pastor's sermon? Check out the following collection of audio, video, and text commentaries from various Christian experts for a better understanding of today's scripture that deal with: AngerBaptismBushCareComplacencyComplainConversionDeathDisciplineEucharistFearFireFruitGuiltHappinessHistoryHolyHopeJusticeLeadLentMercyMissionMosesNameOpportunityPeacePrayerRepentRevelationSacramentShareSightSinSufferingTreeUnderstand

Psalm 103:1-4, 6-8, 11
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12

“when Paul is writing in first Corinthians chapter ten, he sees that history as also a mystery that points beyond itself ultimately to the mystery Christ, the mystery of the church and the mystery of the sacraments”

"The Rock that Was Christ" | Brant Pitre |

“So there when Jesus gives the teaching on the Eucharist the Jewish leaders who are listening to him start to complain just like the wilderness generation complained about the manna from heaven. So don't complain, don't speak evil of the sacraments. It's not a good idea, especially the Eucharist.”

"St. Paul and the Sins of the Wilderness Generation" | Brant Pitre |
Luke 13:1-9

“We are called to repentance and as today's parable tells us we are given time. God is patient and merciful but there is not endless time. We must bear fruit.”

"A barren fig tree" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“Of what benefit is your smile if others do not see it? Of what benefit is your hug if others do not feel it?...Of what benefit is your wealth if you are surrounded by poor people? Remember you have been blessed to bless. You have been given to give”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |

“Repentance should be one of the most popular words in the Bible because it means turning away from evil and turning to goodness. It means breaking the chains of sin and living a life of freedom and joy and happiness that Christ came to give us.”

"Repentance in the Bible" | Brant Pitre |

“God has given us so many things. You in your life have so many great gifts from God and you have this one chance here on Earth to produce faith, hope and love.”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“Repentance allows us to turn our attention to aspects of ourselves and our lives that need more care and correction”

Jaime L. Waters |
Marilena |
Overall Readings

“The choice that God offers us at each moment then is not the stark choice between repenting and perishing. Rather, God calls each of us by name, just like God had called Moses, to a unique vocation to become and receive mercy.”

Flora x. Tang |

“Sometimes we are more concerned with calling others out than with imitating the mercy that God shows us again and again”

Kristin Heyer |
Monsignor Raymond East |