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24th March 2019 : 3rd Sunday of Lent  (Liturgical Colour: Violet)

First reading

Exodus 3:1-8,13-15 'I AM has sent me to you'
Moses  was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law priest of  Midian. He led his flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to  Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him  in the shape of a flame of fire, coming from the middle of a bush. Moses  looked; there was the bush blazing but it was not being burnt up. ‘I  must go and look at this strange sight,’ Moses said, ‘and see why the  bush is not burnt.’ Now the Lord saw him go forward to look, and God  called to him from the middle of the bush. ‘Moses, Moses!’ he said.  ‘Here I am,’ Moses answered. ‘Come no nearer,’ he said. ‘Take off your  shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. I am the God of  your fathers,’ he said, ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the  God of Jacob.’ At this Moses covered his face, afraid to look at God.
 And the Lord said, ‘I have seen the miserable state of  my people in Egypt. I have heard their appeal to be free of their  slave-drivers. Yes, I am well aware of their sufferings. I mean to  deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians and bring them up out of  that land to a land rich and broad, a land where milk and honey flow,  the home of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites,  the Hivites and the Jebusites.’
 Then Moses said to God, ‘I am to go, then, to the sons  of Israel and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to  you.” But if they ask me what his name is, what am I to tell them?’ And  God said to Moses, ‘I Am who I Am. This’ he added ‘is what you must say  to the sons of Israel: “I Am has sent me to you.”’ And God also said to  Moses, ‘You are to say to the sons of Israel: “The Lord, the God of your  fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,  has sent me to you.” This is my name for all time; by this name I shall  be invoked for all generations to come.’

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 102(103):1-4,6-8,11
Second reading

1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12 The life of the people under Moses in the desert was written down to be a lesson for us
I  want to remind you, brothers, how our fathers were all guided by a  cloud above them and how they all passed through the sea. They were all  baptised into Moses in this cloud and in this sea; all ate the same  spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink, since they all  drank from the spiritual rock that followed them as they went, and that  rock was Christ. In spite of this, most of them failed to please God and  their corpses littered the desert.
 These things all happened as warnings for us, not to  have the wicked lusts for forbidden things that they had. You must never  complain: some of them did, and they were killed by the Destroyer.
 All this happened to them as a warning, and it was  written down to be a lesson for us who are living at the end of the age.  The man who thinks he is safe must be careful that he does not fall.

Gospel Acclamation

Mt4:17
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!
Repent, says the Lord,
for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

Gospel

Luke 13:1-9 'Leave the fig tree one more year'
Some  people arrived and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate  had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ‘Do  you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners  than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you  repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the  tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more  guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I  tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’
 He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in  his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He  said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three  years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and  finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?”  “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig  round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you  can cut it down.”’
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