THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT — Year C

First Reading: Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15

A reading from the book of Exodus.

Moses was tending the flock of his-father-in-law Jethro, the priest of

Midian.  Leading the flock across the desert, Moses came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  An angel appeared to Moses in fire flaming out of a bush.  Looking on, Moses was surprised to see that the bush, though on fire, was not consumed.  So Moses decided, “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight, and see why the bush is not burned.”

When God saw Moses coming over to look at it more closely, God called out to Moses from the bush, “Moses! Moses!”  And he answered, “Here I am.”  God said, “Come no nearer!  Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.  I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Sarah and Abraham, the God of Rebecca and Isaac, and the God of Leah and Jacob.”  Moses hid his face, afraid to look at God.  But God said, “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry of complaint against their slave drivers, so I know well what they are suffering.  Therefore I have come down to rescue them from the hands of the Egyptians and lead them out into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.”

“But,” said Moses to God, “when I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ if they ask me, ‘what is this God’s name?’ what am I to tell them?”  God replied, “I am who am. This is what you shall tell the Israelites: ‘I AM sent me to you.’ ”

God spoke further to Moses, ”Thus shall you say to the Israelites: ‘Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, the God of Sarah and Abraham, the God of Rebecca and Isaac, the God of Leah and Jacob has sent me to you.’  This is my name forever; this is my title for all generations.”

The Word of God recorded in the book of Exodus.

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT — Year C

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103

R: Our God is kind and merciful.

Bless Our God, my soul,

Bless God’s holy Name, all that is in me!

Bless Our God, my soul,

and remember all God’s kindnesses.

R: Our God is kind and merciful.

In forgiving all your offenses,

in curing all your diseases.

In redeeming your life from the Pit,

in crowning you with love and tenderness.

R: Our God is kind and merciful.

Our God, who does what is right

is always on the side of the oppressed;

Our God’s intentions were revealed to Moses

and God’s prowess to Israel.

R: Our God is kind and merciful.

Our God is tender and compassionate,

slow to anger, most loving;

No less than the height of heaven over earth

is the greatness of Our God’s love for those who fear God.

R: Our God is kind and merciful.