Holy Ground

Greetings on this the Third Sunday of Lent Year C
Readings: Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15; Ps 103: 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11; 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Lk 13:1-9
Notes: We have a visiting priest, Fr Steve Olds from the seminary. Fr. Olds will be our retreat master for the next three days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). I will post summaries for a shared benefit.

He will be the homilist today.

I hope your Lent is going well.

First reading
God said, “Come no nearer!
Remove the sandals from your feet,
for the place where you stand is holy ground.

Holy is the Lord. Moses is asked to remove his sandals before approaching.

It is important to note my readers that the Lord is always approachable.
Moses, being uncircumcised, was in grave danger by law. But not so by divine love.

On the journey, at a place where they spent the night, the LORD came upon Moses and sought to put him to death. But Zipporah took a piece of flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and, touching his feet, she said, “Surely you are a spouse of blood to me.” So God let Moses alone. At that time she said, “A spouse of blood,” in regard to the circumcision (Ex 4:24-26).

But in love and mercy, just remove your sandals – that would be enough.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.

Second reading
These things happened as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil things, as they did. Do not grumble as some of them did, and suffered death by the destroyer. These things happened to them as an example, and they have been written down as a warning to us, upon whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.

Verse Before Gospel
Repent, says the Lord;
the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Gospel Portion
When we speak to God we are on Holy Ground.

A place of truth, refreshment and peace.

Depending on the state of our person we may know to be joyful, reverent, holy. Depending we may be angry, resentful, demanding. Pre-judging how people are with God is always risky business. Jesus clearly states we have no idea. Galileans mistreated in blood or by accident are just people. Some approach God, others we are aren’t so sure. But its not about us anyway.

There are a lot of ways to approach the Holy Ground of God.

Be at peace most of all. Speak your truth as you know it.

The Lord is kind and merciful.

As long as you try and communicate remember the gardener:
I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future.

Hint: as long as you have breath, stand on the Holy Ground listen and be heard.

Maybe a good practice is to bow one’s head or speak in whispers. Or whatever sign you choose to acknowledge the holiness before which you stand. It is enough.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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