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3rd Sunday of Lent

March 3/4, 2018

Reading I                             Exodus 20.1-17

Responsorial Psalm:            Lord, you have the words of eternal life.

Reading II                           1 Corinthians 1.18, 22-25

Gospel:                                John 2.13-25

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

          Feb. 24:              $363.50                                   Attendance:    22       

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          Feb. 25:              $1,103.05                                Attendance:    67

 

 

Fri. March 2                  9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. March 3                 4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Alma Miller by her son, Gary

Sun. March 4                11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. March 7               9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. March 9                  9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. March 10               4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Brian Prud’homme by

                                                                Nora, Marlene and Pat

Sun. March 11              11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

 

 

During this Lenten period, there will be Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7 p.m.  All are welcome to participate.

 

Lent: Purifying our Temple and Religion

This Third Sunday of Lent, the readings invite us to purify the temple of our hearts and to offer to God Divine worship by obeying the Commandments and allowing the Holy Spirit to control our hearts and lives. We are challenged to keep our covenant with Jesus Christ just as the Israelites tried to keep the agreements of the Old Testament Covenant with God by promising to obey the Ten Commandments. The first reading carries the Ten Commandments.  Having liberated His people from slavery, God promised to make the Jews His own and to lead them to the Promised Land and protect them from their enemies. The people on the other hand, agreed to obey the Ten Commandment and other laws given by Yahweh through Moses. The Ten Commandments form a list of directives and instructions for living out our covenant relationship, a kind of constitution of the people of God. This is because; the Commandments are part of a Covenant which God entered into with a specific people, the Israelites. They are based on two basic principles:  the principle of reverence seen in the first four commandments that demand from us reverence for God, His name, His Holy Day (Sabbath), for our parents; and the principle of respect seen in the remaining six commandments that ask us to respect life, the good name of people, our words in the court of law, our neighbour’s wife and property. The second reading from I Corinthians summarizes Paul’s preaching: Christ crucified.

A crucified Christ did not fit into the Jewish concept of a triumphant political messiah; it is a scandal. Jesus was not meant to be a winner, but a loser, a man apparently accursed by God.  For the Greeks too, who only trusted in their reasoning and wisdom, the doctrine about Christ is folly. The death of Jesus on the cross was against all logic, sheer madness. Thus, Paul reminds the Corinthians that the ‘foolishness’ of God is wiser than human wisdom and the ‘weakness’ of God is stronger than human strength.  The ‘wisdom’ of humankind sees happiness only in those who enjoy themselves, their likings, their pleasures and their satisfaction. Hence, accepting the cross of Christ would mean transforming one’s life into an unselfish giving of self to others like Christ. The logic of the Gospel cannot be placed on the same level as the logic of the world. Therefore, for the disciples, it is essential to follow Jesus Himself rather than series of laws. The only way is to imitate Jesus’ dying and rising whether it ‘scandalizes’ others or not. We must appreciate the Divine ‘foolishness’ of the crucified Christ and obey the commandment of love as expression of our Divine worship. The Gospel tells the story of Jesus driving traders from the temple during the Passover festivities, a time when thousands of pilgrims would come to Jerusalem.

Jesus met God’s House of prayer, the symbol of Jewish religion and the only centre of Israel’s common worship and sacrifice, being turned into a market-place. There was unjust extortion at the expense of poor and humble pilgrims. Jesus considered this a clear social injustice and it is more by the fact that it was perpetrated in the name of religion. The Temple was converted into a hideout of thieves by the authorities and their collaborators, the merchants and money changers. By chasing them from the Temple, Jesus was questioning the validity of the entire sacrificial system itself. He condemned the combination and confusion between religion and economic interests. He fiercely reacted to commercialized faith. Religion has often been used to hide or justify interests, advantages and profits that had nothing to do with the Gospel. In this event, which arguably is one of the unsung of His miracles, Jesus, filled with zeal for the House of God (Ps. 69:9) – that special place where humans and God meet – challenged religious practice that was simply external, answering the call of a higher Authority, obeyed it, regardless of the consequences. Beyond the cleansing of the Temple, the emphasis of this story is on the replacement of the Temple. “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (v.19). Jesus was now speaking of a new Temple and the beginning of a new religion; “He was speaking of the temple that was His body” (v.21). With Jesus coming on the scene, the Temple was no longer important. God’s glory will be manifested, not in a building but in a person. Jesus has replaced and surpassed everything the Temple had formerly symbolized. Jesus is the New Temple in Whom His followers come into contact with God. Our Father is person-centred, and we are dealing with a relationship. By raising His Son from the dead, the Father has laid the foundation of this new holy place. Together we make up the Body of Christ, the new Temple where God now lives: Christ and the community of believers. With Christ and in Christ, we are the Temple of God. That has great implication! Happy Sunday!  

 

 

THANKSGIVING LENTEN PRAYER – ‘’Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honour me.’’(Ps. 50)  On Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m. you are all invited to a prayer/reflection time in the church where we will consider the multiple gifts distributed to us by God and give thanks.  Hope you can free yourselves for that hour.     

BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH

 

John Stanyar                - 6th                                                        Katy Brownrigg           - 15th

Diane Ford                   -10th                                         Anthony Lalonde         - 19th

Mary Connelly             -10th

Janice Nadeau             - 14th

Anne Bokovay `           -15th

 

 

Defending the rights of poor communities fractured by forced evictions in Nigeria

In Nigeria, forced evictions are carried out violently, without consulting those concerned, as well as without warning, compensation, or providing alternative housing. 

 

Thanks to your support, the Social and Economic Rights Action Centre, a Development and Peace partner, can train community leaders who then work with some of the most marginalized communities so they can engage in effective dialogue with the government. This year, we invite you to join Development and Peace’s monthly giving program Share Year-Round. You will find brochures about the program as you leave the church. You can also register online at devp.org/shareyearround. 

 

SERVICE CONTRACT – CUSTODIAN

  The St. Al’s Warden Board has signed a service contract for 2017 and 2018 with Joe McCarthy for the custodian duties for our Parish.

  Thank you Joe for your voluntary service in the past.