Third Sunday of Lent

March 4, 2021

Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent. We don’t often think of Jesus getting angry. We picture Him as always serene, perhaps smiling, and saying nice things. In today’s Gospel Jesus reaches Jerusalem and enters the temple where He encounters the money changers. In the Temple, the “Holy of Holies,” Jesus takes a whip and overturns the tables. He is angry. “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” This Sunday we read from the Gospel of St. John where John often uses the word ‘sign’ to refer to Jesus’ actions. The Jews ask, “What sign can You show for doing this?” Jesus’ signs are revelations of His identity, yet the wise and learned have refused to believe in Him. They refuse to see Him as the Son of God. Rather they see Him as upsetting their monopoly of religion. In today’s first reading from Exodus God delivers His ‘Commandments’. He is establishing His covenant with Israel. He says that He will bestow mercy down to the thousandth generation on the children of those who love me and keep My commandments. These words of promise and eternal life reveal God’s promise to bring refreshment to the soul and wisdom to the simple. Is it any wonder then that while the religious leaders refused to recognize Jesus, St. John says, “While He was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in His name when they saw the signs He was doing.” The simple found in Him the words of everlasting life. May this season open our eyes to the signs Jesus is doing in us this Lent and help us to find in Him the words of everlasting life and love.

As Lent continues we have begun our annual Easter Flower Campaign. As in the past we are giving all parishioners the opportunity to dedicate our beautiful Easter flowers in memory/honor of loved ones. There are envelopes in your monthly packet and some at the doors of Church for this purpose. There is no set donation requested in order to give every person the opportunity to participate. Names of those being remembered/honored will be placed in the Easter bulletin. For those giving “online” please use one of the envelopes at the doors of Church to participate. Please print clearly the names on the envelope and turn them in either through the Sunday offertory or drop them off at the rectory.

In addition to our regularly scheduled confession times on Saturdays from 4:15 to 4:45pm, please mark your calendars for our special Lenten morning of confessions on Saturday, March 27th from 9:00am to 12:00pm.

I am happy to announce that our Annual Parish Directory (Buzz Book) will be mailed to all parishioners in the coming weeks. This annual booklet contains so much information regarding life here at St. Luke; sacrament policies, ministries, organizations, etc. It is also a helpful resource of parishioners’ contact information. Please take a moment when you receive your copy arrives to make sure the information for your family is correct. If you notice any corrections that need to be made, please contact in the Parish Office.

Finally today, I want to encourage any men of St. Luke’s parish who might be feeling a call from the Lord to consider becoming a Deacon to attend one of the upcoming information meetings being held at the Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. The ministry of Deacon is a wonderful opportunity for solid Catholic men to participate in the work of service to the Church. If any of you may be considering a vocation to the diaconate and would like to discuss this, please do not hesitate to contact me or Deacon Dave, our deacon here at St. Luke.

God Bless! Repent in Lent!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete