3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C

God of Compassion and Love


In the readings this Sunday, we read of God’s self-revelation and his relationship with his people. The connection is of great love and contains an awareness of our fragility. Therefore, we hear of God’s warnings, his continuous forgiveness and patience, and his offer to us to start again.

The first reading from Exodus recounts the call of Moses and the revelation of God’s sacred name. God revealed Himself as a God acting in the history of a people seeking to transform them. In the second reading, St Paul reminds us that, although baptized we are, we can fall, as the chosen people did, despite being guided by Moses. Therefore, let us stand firm on Christ the Rock.

Jesus, in the Gospel, calls us to repentance while reminding us through the parable of the fig tree that God is slow to anger and rich in mercy. Thus, the two images of the unconsumed tree by fire, and the spared tree by its owner, invite us to be consumed by God’s mercy and patience during these days of lent, leading us to the Paschal celebrations with a transformed heart and mind.

Therefore, we can join with the Psalmist in praise and thanksgiving to the God of compassion and love. The God who forgives sins and gives justice to the oppressed.

Christian Action This Week: Allow the readings to remind you not to be complacent but to listen to God’s word and never forget his blessings.

Joy and Peace.