On the third Sunday of Lent, we move to the Gospel of John. His version of the “Temple Action” is adjusted by the evangelist to carry a particular understanding of Jesus. Part of the general background is the destruction of Herod’s Temple under the Romans. That catastrophe obliged all strands of Judaism (including Christianity) to rethink the locus of God’s presence. Part of the contextual foreground may be seen in the story of the woman at the well:
“But a time is coming—and now is here–when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshippers. God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23–24)
It is not so easy to see the thread uniting all three readings on this Sunday. Relationship may furnish a key: our relationship with God (Exodus), God’s disclosure in Christ (Paul) and the place of the person of Jesus as the locus of our worship (John).
Walking the Word…towards Easter
The series in Clonliffe College continues this week, on Wednesday 4 March at 12.15-2.30 in the Theology Room. As usual, there will be an exploration of the Gospel in the context of all three readings. The second part is given over to praying the Gospel passage. All are welcome and there is no charge. Light lunch is available on campus in the Mater Dei Institute. The flier is enclosed again.
Shortly, an on-line survey will be used to evaluate the use and effectiveness of these notes. Initially, this will be addressed to all in ministry in the Dublin diocese. Later, other recipients will have the chance to express themselves. The intentions of these notes may not reflect the actual use to which they are put. For the record, the notes are offered primarily to serve two purposes:
- To help with praying the Sunday reading(s), for the sake of discipleship.
- To provide on-going biblical formation, in weekly instalments, thus sustaining the personal biblical “culture” of the recipients.