Reflection: Third Sunday of Lent

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church


[1st Reading – Ex.20:1-17; Ps.18; 2nd Reading – 1Cor.1:22-25; Gospel – Jn.2:13-25]


Today’s gospel talks about Jesus’ zeal for the Temple, the house of God and all the action takes place at the Temple. At the same time John, the Gospel writer, is very keen to put together Jerusalem, the Passover and the Temple – indications of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection and that Jesus is God.  He also says that Jesus stayed in Jerusalem for the Passover where He gave many signs, through which, many believed in His name. We are also told that the Jews too asked for a sign to justify what He had done when He drove the sellers out of the Temple and referring to the Temple as His “Father’s House”.  At the same time we are told about Jesus’ reply: the sign that Jesus gave to the Jews – to destroy the sanctuary and in three days He will raise it back up again.  This was the sign that the Jews asked for and the Jews failed to believe it because they were still thinking from their own point of view and missed what Jesus had actually said to them.  They were still thinking about the “Sanctuary” made of space and stones (the physical Temple).  Jesus was talking about the “Sanctuary” made of the Image of God (the Human Being).  They were on a completely different wavelength and therefore they did not understand and did not believe!  On a different wavelength to the Jews, were Jesus’ disciples, who believed the scriptures and the words He had said, when He rose from the dead – all signs of His might!

Quite often we also ask for signs of God’s presence in our own life.  We wait for something “extraordinary” to happen as a sign of His presence and sometimes also of His existence.  But then, when it happens, we doubt and ask ourselves if that is truly a sign from God.  Eventually we convince ourselves that it is not.  In the meantime, every day we experience signs of God’s presence and love for us, but we do not see them and appreciate them as such not because they do not happen, but because we are not ready to accept them or we are “on a different wavelength” thinking of something else.  Quite often this happens because although we know that Jesus is God and “Almighty”, we look at our relationship with Him as if we were non-believers. But for those who believe in His name, “those who have been called”, this same Christ, although crucified and risen, He is the Son of God and also the one who will do anything to be with us.  He knows us much more than we know ourselves!

Lord, You know me. You know my strengths and my weaknesses. You know what I do and what I fail to do… You know everything of me. I cannot hide from you. You are always there waiting for me to turn back to you. Thank you Lord!”


Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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