Mother Church invites us to celebrate Sunday, March 8, 2015, as the third Sunday of Lent – Year B. In the Entrance Antiphon we pray: “My eyes are ever fixed on the Lord, for he releases my feet from the snare. O look at me and be merciful, for I am wretched and alone. Amen.” In the first reading, God gives the people of Israel his Ten Commandments as a requirement for his alliance with them. Through them, we see a just, moral, all-powerful God who is close to his chosen people and who is keen to keep them on the right path. In the second reading, Saint Paul tells his Corinthian converts that even if some think of the cross of Christ as a stumbling block and others as sheer folly, it is through this cross that divine power flows into the world. In the Gospel, Saint John presents Christ cleansing the Temple of Jerusalem by chasing away those who have turned it into what he calls a den for thieves. He tells the Jews, who are asking for justification of his act, that he will destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days. This is a claim that is going to cost him his life and whose significance only becomes evident, even to his disciples, at his resurrection from the dead as he is talking about his body, not the physical temple in Jerusalem. The responsorial psalm acclaims God as our rock and redeemer who is kind and gentle to those who keep his laws and commandments. During this Holy Mass, let us pray for the grace to obey God’s commandments, which prepare us to give up our old ways to embrace the new life, which comes to us through Christ Jesus, our Saviour.