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For Sunday, March 24th, 2019 
3rd Sunday of Lent 
 

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

Growing up in the northern Midwest, we had long, unforgiving winters. Spring meant hope of warmth and the great thaw from a long cold winter. It was filled with melting snow, a continual reminder of what was behind us. But once summer arrived, the memory of cold was gone. With long warm days, we spent our time outdoors and, at the cabin, often on the water by day and curled around a smoky campfire by night. The memory of winter was far behind us, and it seemed as if the heat of the July sun would last forever. But predictably, summer turned to fall, which brought us back to the frigid winter.

In some ways, I’m reminded of this ebb and flow of life each Lent. I feel as if the grace my soul felt the previous Easter was so abundant that it would simply last forever. But as my resolutions waned, my prayer became weak. I found myself back in need of the arid yet grace-filled time of journeying with Christ to the cross. Like a child, I forget too easily.

The second reading this weekend echoes this natural human response — we are a people of God who forget too easily. Experience often doesn’t teach us well. The Israelites were given all they needed to remain steadfast on their journey, yet it wasn’t enough. St. Paul reprimands them for this, offering us a warning. We are given more than manna. We are given literal bread from heaven and ought not take advantage of that. Even still, how often does God provide in abundance for all my needs, yet I become lukewarm and forget His faithfulness? How often do I leave the gifts and grace God has given me unstirred?

It’s often easy to wish God would speak again as He did to Moses: loud, bright, big, impossible to miss. “What does God want for my life? How should I serve Him? Which way should I take? If only there was a big sign…” But what I find so striking is that Moses was impressed not with the blaze, but with the fact that it didn’t consume the bush. He’s intrigued that fire isn’t acting like fire. It is made to consume all it touches. It is made to burn, to spread, and to ignite. Yet this fire seemed to be waiting for something.

We know the Old Testament prefigures the New Testament … and the New Testament fulfills the Old. In other words, we can say we see figures or shapes of the New Testament in the Old. With this in mind, the fire Moses was exposed to takes on new meaning. Perhaps it was not burning up anything because it wasn’t lit to burn — it was lit to point as a sign to who was to come. The blaze was a prefigurement of Christ, who came to fulfill all that was promised and to set the world on fire with his word. Instead of looking to a sign of God’s promise, we are now literally able to follow God’s promise in the flesh.

In the Gospel, Christ offers us a parable urging us to make this Lent different. The lesson of the fig tree shows us that our cyclical human nature to forget to learn from the past has a limit. Our culture is reaching a dramatic clashing point as it struggles to seek freedoms and rights for all forms of individuals yet grossly rejects freedoms and rights to those who are yet to be born.

As a child, I learned and grew and knew summer would eventually end. I could taste the winds of change signaling fall nearby. As Christians, we are called to learn and grow each Lent in the same way. We are called to realize every new day we are given could be our last. This Lent could be our last. Eventually, there will be no more days to tend to our souls like the fig tree. We will stand before our just judge. Our country will stand before our just judge. Will we be like the Israelites who were foolish, even though they were given all they needed? Or will we allow God to consume our souls for His glory, a far greater miracle than the bush Moses saw? Will we allow God to use our souls as burning bushes for our culture to wake up and seek repentance?

As we approach the coming final weeks of Lent, let’s repent and start anew so we can be a light in our world, on fire with the love of Christ. Let’s make use of extra confession times, Lenten missions or talks, extra holy hours, and times set aside for prayer. Let’s give to the poor from our need, not our want. Let’s fast in order to be strengthened. Let’s pray for the grace to fan into fire a love strong enough to keep watch with Jesus as he enters into his Passion.

Angie Windnagle

 

PRAYER

Awaken and enlighten us, my Lord,
that we might know and love the blessings
which You ever propose to us,
and that we might understand
that You have moved to bestow favors on us
and have remembered us.
Amen.
— from the Prayers of St. John of the Cross

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The study will include a series of twenty-four videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion. Place your order now for - The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation Study Kit, to guarantee your seat. The cost of the study kit is $40. Our Lady of Perpetual Help will begin The Bible Timeline on March 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Contact Jim McClullough at jim@olphwv.com for information or to register. We encourage you to join us, you will love it.


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U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Offer Prayers and Solidarity for Recovery After Deadly Cyclone Hits Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON—After historic devastation and loss of life brought on by Cyclone Idai to Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Africa, and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote to the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe to express sorrow and solidarity over the lives lost by the cyclone and offered prayers for recovery.

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new rule that deems it no longer “appropriate and necessary” to regulate mercury and other hazardous air pollutants emitted by power plants. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, expressed concern about the potential risks to human life and environmental health.  

 “The proposed change to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule is troubling since it is well-documented that pregnant mothers and their unborn children are the most sensitive to mercury pollution and its adverse health effects,” said Archbishop Nauman. “The MATS rule reflects a proper respect for life of the human person and of God’s creation – a great example of the integral ecology called for in Laudato Si’,” said Bishop Dewane.  

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WASHINGTON—The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has issued the following update on the recovery of Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and Presidentof the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Cardinal DiNardo suffered a mild stroke last Friday, March 15. We join with the archdiocese in continued prayers for the Cardinal’s full recovery.

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