First Reading: Exodus 3:1-8a; 13-15
“I am who am.” I am because God is.
Am I aware of the fact that I have always existed in God and that I always will? The sacred name of God in Hebrew sounds like a breath in (yah) and a breath out (weh). God breathed life into me and I will breathe my life back into God. Reflect on the mystery of your own existence. Do I find God in me?
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
“All ate the same spiritual food , and all drank the same spiritual drink”
As I walk through the desert of life, do I continue to feed on the Lord who walks with me? Do I grumble on the way to everlasting life?
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
Do you think that they were greater sinners?
Do I see every tragedy in life as a punishment from God? When I face sickness or natural disasters, economic collapse, etc., do I interpret these events as a punishment for my sins?
Jesus is calling me to repentance for not bearing fruit. What am I doing this Lent to live the Beatitudes?
I will try to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy (feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, burying the dead, and giving alms to the poor), especially during Lent.
O Lord, as the humble gardener argued in favor of the barren fig tree, I know that you always give me another chance. Help me to use my gifts and talents in your service and to do that today, realizing that there might not be a tomorrow. Amen.