March 20th 3rd Sunday of Lent

Moses encounters the burning bush in our Old Testament reading God tells him to remove his sandals for he is standing on Holy Ground.
Do we recognize the Holy Grounds in our life or are we clueless like Moses was before God informed him. Any place where we encounter God is a Holy Place. Moses would lead the People of Israel out slavery at God’s command.
God will be present to his people through his residence in the meeting tent and as a Pillar of Fire that led the Israelites on the march. Jesus’ Incarnation changed the world that Moses knew dramatically for it was rare to encounter God and have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus being fully human and fully God change the relationship between God and his people for God speaks to us face to face. He calls us to walk with him daily.
He feeds us with his own Body and Blood in the Eucharist. It is he who forgives us our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is he who makes holy the oil that we use in Anointing of the Sick. It is he who makes holy the Chrism Oil that we use in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. It is he who joins the bride and groom in Holy Matrimony. In all these encounters no matter where they take place in a church, a chapel, in a hospital or nursing home  is a holy place. It is Jesus who sits down with us and breaks bread with us at our meals. Jesus promised to be with us always to end of time. He keeps his promise. He is with us, but do we recognize him in our midst. Where do you encounter God in your lives? Where is your Holy Ground?

Fr. Joe Pearce


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