On the third Sunday of Lent, we leave Mark behind until Palm Sunday and begin reading from the Fourth Gospel for the rest of Lent. Everything in that Gospel is carefully written and also carefully placed. A scene in John offers a kind of mosaic — the overall picture is powerful (even violent in this Gospel) and the individual pieces (tesserae) sparkle with insights into the thrilling world of John the Evangelist.
In Lent, all three readings belong together, as we saw last Sunday. What about these readings for the third Sunday of Lent…they seem to be on different tracks? Perhaps a schema such as this might help.
- Exodus 20: how to stay in relationship with God.
- 1 Corinthians 1: in paradox of the cross, a very different relationship with God is put in place.
- John 2: the “locus”of our relationship with God is now Christ — the way , the truth and the life.