Third Sunday Of Lent, March 23rd, 2014

Reflections for the Lenten Season

Third Sunday Of Lent, March 23rd, 2014

"In our Midst"

John 4:5-42 (pdf)

Reflection Room Stain Glass

Exodus 17:3-7

As Moses is challenged by the very real physiological needs of his people, he questions the Lord and how he can remain strong in the face of such adversity.  In this moment, Moses reflects the ways in which we can all feel helpless as our expectations are challenged or, in our perception, remain unfulfilled. Thus, just as the Israelites, we may begin to question the Lord and whether or not he is “in our midst.” As Lent is a time of reflection, we are encouraged to think about the ways in which the Lord plays a role in our lives and whether or not we live with him “in our midst.”

Within my own life, I find it easy to become consumed with the everyday minutiae of balancing my career, mothering a toddler, maintaining my home, and my relationship with my husband, that my relationship with the Lord is rarely cultivated. Of course, like many, I too call on the Lord in moments of adversity and question if he is in my “midst.” For me, then, this reading encourages us to remember that the Lord is always “in our midst,” and in the various moments of our lives, including those of the mundane, celebratory, or adverse. Consequently, the reading’s concluding question, “Is the Lord in or midst or not?” impels us to question the relationship we maintain with the Lord and how we choose to incorporate God  into our everyday midst.  Thus, as I reflect on this reading and the Lenten journey, I am reminded of the need to foster my relationship with the Lord to ensure that God is an active presence in my everyday life.

—Sarah Nestor Babcock '03

*Please note that this reflection is based off of the First Reading.

Weekly Gospel Readings for the Week of March 23rd

  • Monday

    Luke 4:24-30 (pdf)
    "'Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.'"

  • Tuesday

    Luke 1:26-38 (pdf)
    "'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will concieve in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.'"

  • Wednesday

    Matthew 5:17-19 (pdf)
    "'But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.'"

  • Thursday

    Luke 11:14-23 (pdf)
    "'Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.'"

  • Friday

    Mark 12:28-34 (pdf)
    "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.'"

  • Saturday

    Luke 18:9-14 (pdf)
    "'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.'"