Third Sunday of Lent By Bailey Reid

" 'Strike the rock, and the water will flow from it for the people to drink.' This Moses did, in the presence of the elders of Israel. The place was called Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled there and tested the LORD, saying, 'Is the LORD in our midst or not?' "

Themes

Covenant

If we remain God's people, much like the Israelites, he will seek our salvation much akin to the liberation of the Jews from Egypt.

Persistence

Salvation through God is not automatic. Like the Israelites in the desert, one must journey onward towards God's Holy Land.

Lesson and Application

We can take away many lessons from the grueling journey of Moses and the Israelites. I learned that God's covenant with the chosen people was not merely accepted by the Israelites. God's promise to his people was doubted, even rejected and needed Moses' reassurance to his followers that God still had everlasting love for his people. These readings can apply to our world today almost perfectly. We cannot forget God's promise of eternal salvation to us through his only Son, Jesus Christ. We must actively work to reinforce this loving bond between God and man.

Reflection

Imagine the plight and suffering of the Israelites as they traveled for 40 years through the dry and arid desert to their land. Would we have a strong enough bond with God to do this? Do we have a strong enough bond with God to trust him with our daily adversities? We must be able to let God into our lives and trust in him that he has what's best in mind for us. God's covenant with us ensures eternal salvation, but we too must work to achieve this. A covenant is not one-sided, we must trust God and work towards his grace.

Sources

http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031917.cfm

http://www.visitationnorth.org/index.php/year-b-mark/41-third-sunday-of-lent-year-b

http://www.itemissaest.org/index.php/resources/homilies/5795-march-19-2017-the-well-inside

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