Luke tells us that some among the crowds report to Jesus a
massacre of Galileans by Pilate. The intention of the crowd
seems to be to ask Jesus to explain why these people suffered.
It was commonplace to render people's suffering as evidence of
their sinfulness. Jesus challenges this interpretation. Those
who were massacred were no more or less sinful than the ones who
report the situation to Jesus. Jesus replies that even a fatal
accident, a natural disaster, ought not to be interpreted as
punishment for sin.
Welcome to the Website of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Harrisburg,
PA. We are a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
We were founded in 1960.
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and pray for one another.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide each one of us that we may
be His instruments and channels of His grace to build His
kingdom in our part of the community. Please browse through our
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Very Rev. Edward J.
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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
March 24, 2019
Jesus' words at first appear to have a fire-and-brimstone
quality. Jesus says in essence, “Repent or perish as these
people did; all are sinful before God and deserving of God's
punishment.” The tone changes, however, in the parable that
follows. The parable of the barren fig tree contrasts the
patience and hopefulness of the gardener with the practicality
of the property owner. When told to cut down the fig tree
because it is not producing fruit, the gardener counsels
patience. If properly tended, the barren fig tree may yet bear
Throughout his journey to Jerusalem, Jesus has been teaching
about the Kingdom of God. In this parable, we find an image of
God's patience and hopefulness as he prepares his Kingdom. God
calls us to repent, and it is within his power to punish us for
our failure to turn from our sinfulness. And yet God is
merciful. He delays punishment and tends to us so that we may
yet bear the fruit he desires from us.
This, then, is our reason for hope: Not only does God refuse to
abandon us, he chooses to attend to us even when we show no
evidence of his efforts. Next week's Gospel will give an even
clearer picture of the kind of mercy that God shows to us.
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