Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Readings for Sunday, March 4, 2018 — Third Sunday of Lent

Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19: 8-11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • We may not worship carved idols of gold or stone in today’s world, but we definitely put other things ahead of God in our lives. What are some modern-day idols that we honor in place of God?
  • The Ten Commandments offer a code for being in right relationship with God and with other people. In what way could your relationship with God use some adjustment? In what ways do your human relationships need healing?
  • The psalm this week provides a lot of imagery. Read it again, and this time, imagine some of the images that are written. Which words stood out for you — particularly adjectives and descriptive phrases? Why do you think these stood out to you at this point in your life?
  • In the second reading, focus on the last two lines about the foolishness of God and the weakness of God. These are two words we don’t usually hear describing God. What point do you think Paul is trying to make?
  • The story of Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple might encourage us to do a little spiritual housecleaning of our own. How can you declutter your heart and sweep out the junk that doesn’t belong there?