Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Lent

St. Pius X | News
6 Mar 2021

Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” Dumping their coins on the floor, chasing the sellers with their doves and sheep and cattle out of the temple,  Jesus  rebukes them in no uncertain terms:  they are dishonouring a sacred space. The incident contrasts sharply with our more common image of Him as the charismatic leader patiently teaching his followers. 

But do we dishonor sacred spaces or sacred times? Let us consider one of the commandments from the first reading: ” Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.” In our world, we are surrounded by temptations to do everything but.

Usually, we attend Mass, virtually or in person.  But what about the rest of the day? How do we keep it holy?  Could we make time to call a relative who is ill, check in with a neighbour who is feeling isolated, visit a friend who is worried because of a job loss, or invite a person who is lonely to share a meal?  Could we take time to reflect on the Scripture of the day, read a text that enriches our understanding of our faith or spend a few minutes meditating?

This Lent, let us think about how we might make holier our observance of the Sabbath.