Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 4 March - Third Sunday of Lent
In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that these hold, but on the seventh day he rested; that is why the Lord has blessed the seventh day and made it sacred.
When we think of the ten commandments, a few immediately spring to mind. You shall not kill. You shall not steal. You shall not lie.
But do we always keep this one – “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy”?
In our world today, it’s all too easy to fill our Sundays with activity. We can busy ourselves with housework, TV, shopping... and before we know it, the sun has gone down and the day is over.
In the gospel, Jesus is outraged by what he sees in the temple. The people are running roughshod over holy ground. They have forgotten this is a sacred place. “Take all this out of here,” he exclaims, “and stop turning my Father’s house into a market” (John 2:13-25).
We can take this as a sign for us today. Let us take out all which is unnecessary. Let us restore rest to our Sunday, and carve out time to listen to God’s call in our lives.
Pope Francis says, “Sunday is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world... The day of rest, centred on the Eucharist, sheds its light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.” (Laudato Si’ #237)
How can you take time to rest and reconnect with God today?
Lord, our God, Creator of all that is, create in our hearts a desire to know you and your ways, your blessing of time in the Sabbath rest. So from that stillness we can deepen our love for you, and learn to listen to your voice in each other and in every created being on earth, spoken like a whisper in each Eucharist. Amen.
Watch our Fast Day film below. Please remember our sisters and brothers in Zimbabwe in your prayers today.