Third Sunday of Lent


(1) Exodus 20:1-17

The Ten Commandments, given to Moses on
Mount Sinai

Then God spoke all these words: I am the
Lord your God, who brought you out of the
land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;
you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol,
whether in the form of anything that is in
heaven above, or that is on the earth
beneath, or that is in the water under the
earth. You shall not bow down to them or
worship them; for I the Lord your God am a
jealous God, punishing children for the
iniquity of parents, to the third and the
fourth generation of those who reject me,
but showing steadfast love to the thousandth
generation of those who love me and keep
my commandments.

You shall not make wrongful use of the
name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will
not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it
holy. Six days you shall labour and do all
your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath
to the Lord your God; you shall not do any
work — you, your son or your daughter, your
male or female slave, your livestock, or the
alien resident in your towns. For in six days
the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all that is in them, but rested the
seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the
Sabbath day and consecrated it.

Honour your father and your mother, so that
your days may be long in the land that the
Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder. You shall not commit
adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not
bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house;
you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or

male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or
anything that belongs to your neighbour.

Responsorial: from Psalm 19

R./: Lord, you have the words of
everlasting life

The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
the decree of the Lord is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple. (R./)

The precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the command of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eye. (R./)

The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true,
all of them just. (R./)

(2) 1 Corinthians 1:22-25

Christ crucified is our focus, calling a halt to
all factions and disputes

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek
wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a
stumbling block to Jews and folly to
Gentiles, but to those who are called, both
Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God
and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness
of God is wiser than men, and the weakness
of God is stronger than men.

Gospel: John 2:13-25

Jesus purifies the Temple of commercial
defilement; then proclaims himself the New

The Passover of the Jews was near, and
Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple
he found people selling cattle, sheep, and
doves, and the money changers seated at
their tables. Making a whip of cords, he
drove all of them out of the temple, both the
sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the
coins of the money changers and overturned
their tables. He told those who were selling

the doves, “Take these things out of here!
Stop making my Father’s house a
marketplace!” His disciples remembered
that it was written, “Zeal for your house will
consume me.”

The Jews then said to him, “What sign can
you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered
them, “Destroy this temple, and in three
days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said,
“This temple has been under construction
for forty-six Years, and will you raise it up in
three days?” But he was speaking of the
temple of his body. After he was raised from
the dead, his disciples remembered that he
had said this; and they believed the scripture
and the word that Jesus had spoken.

When he was in Jerusalem during the
Passover festival, many believed in his name
because they saw the signs that he was
doing. But Jesus on his part would not
entrust himself to them, because he knew all
people and needed no one to testify about
anyone; for he himself knew what was in