March 7, 2021, 3rd Sunday of Lent

Theme: “Living in Christ: Zealous for God”

Homily by Fr. Andy Ilustre

Old Testament Proclamation: Exodus 20 : 1 – 17

Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 19 : 7 – 14

New Testament Proclamation: 1 Corinthians 1 : 18 – 25

Gospel Proclamation: John 2 : 13 – 22

John is telling us the importance of worship. John begins by telling us the reason Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Passover is very important in the life of the Jews. He did so because the celebration of passover was a time when God’s power and protection to the Hebrews in Egypt was commemorated. Jerusalem is the place where they offer sacrifices & worship.

WORSHIP really matters with the Lord Jesus Christ even in His young age.

This means that worshippers would make their way to Jerusalem to the Temple to make sacrificial offering and worship to God.

VERSE14

Jesus is 30 years old at this time. Jesus was never against service. But He was against the poor being taken advantage of. It is no longer a service to the people, but it is already agreed on selfishness.

VERSE15

Overturned the table means: Jesus cares about His people. The place is no longer conducive for worship.

VERSE17

Zeal for your house has eaten me up means: To the church let us consider the things of God important. To those who are sick let us give importance to them.

OVER ALL MESSAGE:

Let our worship not be a burden to us. But instead, let’s take that as an OPPORTUNITY that brings Blessings over our life. Let us live our life for the Glory of GOD!

Homily Recap by Joel Gobres

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