In today’s Gospel (Luke 13:1-9) for this Third Sunday of Lent, we are given a clear and forceful call to repentance.
In Jesus time, the Tower of Siloam
killed 18 people
“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” Our Lord said.
My brothers and sisters, Our Lord’s message is one that all of us need to take to heart every day of our lives.
We live in a fallen world. We experience
tragedies and suffering. We often do not know why some people suffer more than others or why God allows tragedies to take place, but today’s Gospel calls us to what is most important, that we need to be prepared for whatever may come in our lives and in our world by repenting of our sins! For none of us know when our lives are going to end. Neither do we know when the tragedies of our world will finally take its toll.
In today’s second reading (1Cor 10: 1-12), Saint Paul teaches us to learn from what has taken place in the past. He uses the example of the Israelites. God had called the Israelites to be His chosen people. He called them to follow His commands so that they could be a people set apart.
Yet, the Israelites continued to turn away from God’s laws and, as a result, had much pain and suffering. Saint Paul warns us not to "desire evil things as they did.”
God has allowed many tragedies in recent times in order to open our hearts and minds to conversion.
Although each one of us doesn’t have control over the direction of our country and the world, we have control over our lives, and today’s readings call us to repentance!
Let us listen to Our Lord. Let us repent our sins. Let us come to confession. Let us seek
to live chastely and devoutly. As we heard of the tragedies in today’s Gospel let us be reminded that we do not know when tragedy may come into our lives. In fact, none of us are going to live forever on earth. And even the world in which we live today will not be here forever. This is why our Lord teaches us that we must repent.
Let us follow our Lord’s wisdom. May God bless us and help us.