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3th Sunday of Lent, B

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Jesus again shows his power over the events that project him proclaiming his own death on the cross and its salvific meaning for humankind. It will be the beginning moment of the creation of his Church which will rise from his death and resurrection. The Gospel today speaks about the cleansing of the Old Testament temple in Jerusalem by Jesus and about the introduction of a new cult in the spirit of love and truth which will be celebrated in his Church. It will be the sign requested by Jewish people, sign which will testify this new creation: he announces a coming of three days of his martyrdom, death, and resurrection. The zeal of Jesus about the house of God is expressed though his care that the commandments of God and this cult, which speaks from the first reading, about, would be celebrated in the spirit of love related with a sacrifice which he himself will show on the cross. God in Jesus Christ and his cross shows that behind this love should be an offering of his life because this is the only way to bring someone to God in a fundamental way of his existence. If God shows us that way even more we should follow this procedure: a man should offer his life showing it to God by his life full of devotion and sacrifice always reaching for the depth of his life. This way, comprehended love now calls all Christians to follow Jesus Christ with a similar attitude to serve others, is treated by the world as a loss and wasting of one’s life. But not by God, because thanks to that love man brings something creative in the history of the world leaving behind a distinct trace of his goodness. This is a new picture of the Church as a God’s people which Jesus Christ will represent on his cross. On that background we can understand better the words of St. Paul: “Jews demands signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greek alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God”.